Commanders News: Sale bump, Sam Howell, Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as those drafted and undrafted take the field later today for the star of rookie minicamp?

It promises to be a fascinating few days as the Washington Commanders begin their annual rookie minicamp later today and also eagerly await the NFL's schedule release. Whether incoming players heard their names called during the 2023 NFL Draft or not, everyone starts with a clean slate and will be given a definitive chance to impress coaches before linking up with veterans for OTAs in the coming weeks.

At yet, there's been focus beyond the gridiron once again. Among the stories causing debate recently include Washington's pending sale hitting a major bump, Sam Howell's controversial comparison, Emmanuel Forbes' selection at No. 16 overall continues to be scrutinized, and Quan Martin's role next season.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Story No. 1

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Commanders love Quan Martin's versatility

Many shook their heads when the Washington Commanders selected a second-straight defensive back to kick off the 2023 NFL Draft. Especially considering their defense already has two productive safeties in Darrick Forrest and Kamren Curl.

However, there is more to Quan Martin than meets the eye. When discussing the pick recently via Sports Illustrated, general manager Martin Mayhew highlighted positional versatility as a big reason why they identified the former Illinois star as a prospect of interest.

"He did end up having to play corner. So the guy's shown that he can do all those things and he has more than just a safety skillset. He can come down and play corner for you or the nickel for you."

Martin Mayhew via Sports Illustrated

Just what sort of role Martin can carve out for himself next season remains to be seen. But his ability to occupy multiple positions is only going to serve him well under head coach Ron Rivera.