5 winners and losers from the Commanders' win vs. Cardinals in Week 1

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Winner No. 3

Kamren Curl - Commanders S

The Washington Commanders haven't given Kamren Curl a long-term extension as yet. But judging by the safety's production in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals, the price is only going to go up with every passing contest.

Curl was in midseason form to begin the campaign. He was around the football consistently, helping closer to the line of scrimmage on running downs and also providing a nice security blanket on the backend when the situation dictated in the passing game.

The former seventh-round selection out of Arkansas displayed the sort of work ethic and physicality fans have been accustomed to seeing over the last three years. If the Commanders were planning to adopt a wait-and-see approach regarding his new deal, those in power would be wise to alter their strategy.

There weren't many weak links in Jack Del Rio's defense at FedEx Field. Curl was among the better performers, finishing with 10 tackles, one pass defended, and one tackle for loss as a result of his outstanding efforts on the afternoon.

Curl's been the model professional throughout the summer despite vastly outperforming his rookie contract. If the Commanders had any sense whatsoever, getting him tied down long-term should be among the most pressing priorities.

Because as with the situation involving Montez Sweat, yesterday's price is not today's price.