Commanders News: Josh Harris, Hard Knocks, Montez Sweat and Quan Martin

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the down period of the NFL preparation period before training camp continues?

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Among the Washington Commanders news stories making waves recently include a reported willingness to do Hard Knocks, Quan Martin expanding on his role, Montez Sweat's contract status, and Josh Harris strengthening his connections with a team legend before his ownership group officially gets their $6.05 billion franchise purchase approved by owner NFL owners.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Quan Martin outlines Commanders role

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Washington Commanders ignored the offensive line to spend their second-round selection on Quan Martin. However, there is a genuine belief among the coaching staff that the versatile defensive back could become an immediate impact player for the organization in 2023.

When sitting down with Fred Smoot to discuss what sort of role he'll be tasked with, Martin stated via USA Today Sports that being the nickel cornerback will likely be his primary responsibility. However, the former Illinois standout also indicated that there could be a freedom to move around within Jack Del Rio's defense depending on the situation.

"I will probably start out as a nickel back and move around some after that. I am just a guy who loves the game who’s going to go out there and do whatever it takes to help this team win by getting the ball back for the offense."

Quan Martin via USA Today Sports

The Commanders will put plenty on Martin's plate, as they also plan to do with first-rounder Emmanuel Forbes. How the rookie duo performs will go a long way to determining how much Washington's imposing defense can improve in 2023.