4 Commanders who’ll benefit most from Eric Bieniemy’s arrival as OC

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Logan Thomas – Commanders TE

It wasn’t hard to see what the catalyst behind the Kansas City Chiefs’ success on offense centered around in 2022. This was an exceptional partnership between quarterback Patrick Mahomes and stud tight end Travis Kelce, who were both instrumental in the team’s Super Bowl triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles.

While the Washington Commanders don’t have anything like the aforementioned duo, Eric Bieniemy could be the man that finally gets a solid tune from Logan Thomas. The former quarterback flashes moments of class without ever being genuinely consistent, but he has enough in the way athleticism to be a major asset for the new offensive coordinator.

Thomas has the size, wide catch radius, and is a progressive route runner. Bieniemy will likely deploy him in a similar way to Kelce and although the results won’t be as prolific, there’s nothing to suggest a career year isn’t within the player’s capabilities if he stays healthy.

This is a big upcoming season for Thomas, who is 32 years old and must make a huge impression to see out the final year of his deal in 2024. Anything less would be a disaster with Bieniemy leading the charge.

There’s a chance Thomas is released if a better option comes along this offseason – albeit a slim one. Bieniemy’s scheme relies heavily on a pass-catching tight end, so the Virginia Tech product could get the first shot this spring.