2. Waiting to address cornerback depth
With William Jackson ruled out due to a back injury, the Commanders’ available cornerbacks today were Kendall Fuller, Benjamin St-Juste, Rachad Wildgoose, Christian Holmes, and Tariq Castro-Fields. Holmes was drafted in the seventh round and Wildgoose and Castro-Fields were both signed after final cuts.
Besides Fuller, the Commanders’ cornerback room Sunday had five combined starts in their careers, all coming from St-Juste.
Fans and pundits questioned the management of the secondary all offseason. Nobody was begging for Washington to sign another marquee corner, but running it back with the same group as last year after the defense ranked 29th against the pass in 2021 was begging to blow up in the front office’s face.
All due respect to Wildgoose, but he should never have been starting this big of a game. Depth is paramount in today’s NFL and Washington insisted on cutting corners to fill out its depth chart this offseason instead of coughing up the necessary resources to make legitimate improvements across the board.
It sounds so simple in practice and yet, here we are.
This all isn’t to say Wildgoose was the reason Washington lost, but you can’t tell us the team’s cornerback depth was tested (and failed) today.