Commanders News: Chase Young, Terry McLaurin, Phidarian Mathis and Montez Sweat

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team officially begins its 2023 mandatory minicamp later today?

There is a huge amount of excitement as the Washington Commanders begin mandatory minicamp today. This is a chance for preparations to ramp up, the tempo to increase, and for everyone to continue building chemistry in readiness for training camp and the regular season.

It's been a fascinating offseason so far with the promise of more to come. Among the stories generating column inches recently include Montez Sweat ending his exodus, Phidarian Mathis looking for redemption, and Terry McLaurin's potential importance in 2023.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders all present for mandatory minicamp

Much was made about three established Washington Commanders players missing the opening stint of voluntary OTAs. Chase Young, Montez Sweat, and Charles Leno Jr. were all absent over the last fortnight, which wasn't ideal but something that each was entitled to at this stage of the preparation period.

Fortunately, the trio all made it in time for media day on Monday, which means the entire Commanders roster is back together for the first time since the 2022 campaign came to a conclusion. Sweat and Young's presence will solidify the pass rush and getting Leno back involved allows the starting offensive line to hone the chemistry needed to hopefully make improvements.

This is a relief for many who thought those looking for new deals would stay away. Now their statuses have been resolved, it's time to finally focus on football once again.