4 Commanders players who must stand out at mandatory minicamp
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders offseason is starting to pick up after the team’s voluntary OTAs concluded last week. Now, everyone is currently preparing for mandatory minicamp this week, which will span three days: June 14-16.
Though not nearly as imperative as training camp, minicamp offers Washington a prime opportunity to hit the ground running. Following Jack Del Rio’s politically-driven distraction and questions looming over Terry McLaurin’s contract and whether he’ll show up, the team as a whole really needs a strong camp.
You could make the same argument on an individual basis. With so many roles on the Commanders unsettled and several players squarely on the roster bubble, there’s no shortage of players in need of a consistent camp.
Here are four Commanders who fill that bill.
4 Commanders who must perform at mandatory minicamp
4. Dax Milne
It wouldn’t look great if the Commanders cut a seventh-round pick just a year after drafting him, but Dax Milne might be on the roster bubble after organized team activities, where Marken Michel stood out with the second-team offense.
With Washington’s first five WR spots expected to be filled by Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Jahan Dotson, Dyami Brown and Cam Sims, there should be an open competition for the sixth spot during minicamp and training camp.
If we had to guess, that battle will star Milne, Alex Erickson and Michel, and potentially another overlooked player whom shines at minicamp. Milne and Erickson have a leg up on their peers given their experience as returners, but the latter is significantly more polished in that role as a six-year veteran.
After playing just 163 offensive snaps as a rookie and not adept on special teams, Milne can’t afford an uninspiring minicamp.