Commanders training camp observations: Team dealing with ‘couple of nicks,’ takes aim at Ravens’ streak

ASHBURN, Va. — On July 26, fans came in droves to welcome the Commanders into training camp shortly after Josh Harris took over as owner. Three-and-a-half weeks later, they packed the stands again for newly minted starting quarterback Sam Howell and his teammates to send the team off at the 19th and final day of training camp.

After successful but pugnacious joint practices against Baltimore on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Commanders had the day off Thursday, went through an unpadded practice Friday and wrapped things up with a lengthy shells-and-shorts practice Saturday ahead of Monday’s game against Baltimore.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday’s session:

Commanders unimpressed by Ravens’ streak, ready to end it

Baltimore enters Monday night having won 24 consecutive preseason games, which is an NFL “record.” But Commanders players ranged between being unimpressed and being ready to end that streak.

“I think it’s a stupid record,” said right guard Sam Cosmi. “I mean, who gives a shit about preseason games? I mean, if we beat it, great. We’re gonna beat it, so there you go.”

Wide receiver Dyami Brown said that the streak matters “not at all” to him.

“We just want to go out there and show what we can do,” Brown said. “We still have a lot of guys that can go out there, do some things, improve themselves, even myself, but I think we just want to take this game. We always want to come out with a win, but at the end of the day, we just want to show what we can do.”

Rivera said discussions about who will play and how much they’ll play against Baltimore will take place tonight. He added that particular focus in this game and the preseason finale against Cincinnati will go towards the young offensive linemen, of which there are plenty.

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