3 Commanders who could be traded before end of 2022 season
By Jerry Trotta
2. Dyami Brown
Washington fans had high hopes for Brown as a rookie in 2021. Unfortunately, the third-rounder out of North Carolina fell short of expectations. In 15 games (six starts), he managed 12 receptions for 165 yards and zero touchdowns. That’s not the output you’d expect from a touted third-round receiver … who was part of a feeble WR room that was begging for someone to emerge as Terry McLaurin’s sidekick.
In fairness to Brown, the pairing with Taylor Heinicke was brutal. A proven deep threat with game-breaking speed in college (he averaged over 20 yards per catch over his final two seasons in Chapel Hill), it’s reasonable to assume Brown would’ve posted better numbers if Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t lost for the year.
Did that contribute to Brown playing just 34 percent of the snaps? Or was he slow to familiarize himself with the playbook? Nobody knows.
What we do know, however, is Brown enters his sophomore campaign fourth in the WR pecking order behind McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel. With Cam Sims back, Logan Thomas returning from a torn ACL and JD McKissic a lock to receive 4-6 targets per game, it’s unclear how big of a role Brown will have.
We wouldn’t give up on Brown, but if Washington can unload the second-year wideout, say, for cornerback or linebacker help, that’d be pretty tempting.