Ranking every Commanders player who needs a strong training camp
By Jerry Trotta
2. Jamin Davis
In normal circumstances, Davis would’ve gotten the No.1 spot. Alas, the Commanders acquired a quarterback who’s on his third team in as many seasons and is widely said to be entering his last chance to prove himself as a franchise guy.
Outside of the QB position, though, there’s no single player on Washington’s roster who needs to impress at camp than Davis, who played less than 60 percent of the snaps as the No. 19 overall pick in the draft last year and produced a 46.8 player grade from PFF that ranked 66th of 87 qualified linebackers.
Davis is apparently full of confidence after his “humbling” Year 1, but it didn’t look like that during spring practices, as the Kentucky product split time with David Mayo as Cole Holcomb’s running mate in the first-team defense. We need Davis to create real distance from Mayo over these next couple weeks.
1. Carson Wentz
Wentz’s inclusion goes without saying. While he wowed teammates with his arm at OTAs and minicamp, those practices should be a walk in the park for him at this stage of his career. The real test will come at training camp, when defensive backs will be given more freedom to play physical with pass-catchers.
During the offseason program, Wentz showed clear chemistry with Jahan Dotson. While that’s all well and good, we didn’t hear much from Washington’s other receivers, including Samuel, Dyami Brown, Cam Sims and Dax Milne, so it’d be great to see Wentz show more rapport with those guys in addition to Terry McLaurin, who missed all of OTAs and minicamp while he negotiated a new contract.
For Wentz’s sake, we hope his training camp features more compliments about his right arm and minimal reports on turnovers and poor throws. It’ll do wonders for the team’s confidence and morale if Wentz delivers the goods at camp.