Which Washington Commanders' news stories are hitting the headlines as the final week of the team's 2023 training camp officially arrives?
Another week begins for the Washington Commanders and it's the final one of training camp before attention turns to preseason games and joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens. These will provide Ron Rivera and his staff with a decent measuring stick reading what this team could potentially accomplish in 2023, with improvements an absolute necessity as new ownership runs the rule over everything associated with the franchise.
Until then, among the stories causing debate recently include Chase Young's mentality, Percy Butler's progress, Kazmeir Allen being tipped to surprise, and Emmanuel Forbes' chances of winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders DE Chase Young ignores outside noise
Considering what's at stake for Chase Young next season, the defensive end deserves credit for taking everything in his stride. He's heard all the rumors and doubts after the Washington Commanders declined his fifth-year option, but ignoring all the outside noise remains his primary objective based on recent comments via Pro Football Talk.
"I’ve never really paid attention to the outside noise. For me, it was always when Chase is 100 percent, Chase is pretty good."- Chase Young via Pro Football Talk
Everyone knows what an impressive athlete Young is when healthy. Keeping him in the field has been the biggest complication over the last two years, which simply has to change for the player and Washington during their franchise-altering 2023 campaign.
The signs emanating from this year's training camp are positive. Young is working out without the knee brace and looks explosive, so the former Ohio State star looks primed to make a huge difference on the team's stacked defensive line next season.