5 winners and losers from Commanders 2023 training camp Week 2

- The blossoming WR

- The injured duo

- The progressive CB

- The dominant DE

Benjamin St-Juste
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Winner No. 2

Benjamin St-Juste - Commanders CB

It was a dominant second week of training camp for the Washington Commanders' defense. The pads came on and once Jack Del Rio's unit was permitted to get a little more physical, they came to life.

This threatened to spill over on Friday during the chippiest session of all thanks in no small part to the offense getting beat down from start to finish. The defensive line was expected to thrive, but the improvements made within Washington's secondary are perhaps coming quicker than many envisaged.

Having two dynamic figures such as Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin helps. However, third-year cornerback Benjamin St-Juste seems to be healthy and growing in stature based on an outstanding series of practices over Week 2.

St-Juste flashed potential shutdown capabilities last season when fit. However, keeping the former third-round selection out of Minnesota on the field has been the biggest complication over his first two seasons with the Commanders.

The length, mirroring wide receivers, and speed to go downfield are right where they need to be. St-Juste also has the physicality to jam wideouts off their routes in press coverage - an area where the Commanders struggled more often than not when Del Rio deployed it last season.

There's been a lot to like about St-Juste's performance levels throughout camp. With Kendall Fuller also around and Forbes looking like a genuine superstar, the Commanders might have a productive cornerback trio if they can avoid the injury bug.