5 winners and losers from Commanders 2023 training camp Week 1

Chase Young
Chase Young / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
2 of 5

Loser No. 1

Rachad Wildgoose - Commanders CB

The Washington Commanders' defense has been as advertised so far throughout camp. Jack Del Rio's men look well on course to be among the league's most dominant units once again in 2023, which stems from their exceptional defensive front and a secondary that looks set to make major improvements next time around.

All signs point to rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes being a true difference-maker right out of the gate. Quan Martin's physicality covering the slot is also leaving a mark, with others such as Benjamin St-Juste, Kendall Fuller, and Danny Johnson also making their presence felt throughout the opening week of camp.

What this means for the future of Rachad Wildgoose is unclear. The third-year cornerback has been anonymous in comparison to some of his teammates, which represents a potential complication in pursuit of securing a roster spot next season.

Wildgoose performed well when called upon in 2022, especially when occupying nickel duties. However, he still represents something of an unknown quantity in terms of scheme fit within this year's defense after two notable additions were acquired over the Commanders' opening two picks of the draft.

The gauntlet has been laid down to Wildgoose in no uncertain terms. How the former Wisconsin star responds will be of critical importance to his overall aspirations for involvement.