3 players the Washington Commanders shouldn’t give up on in 2023

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Jamin Davis – Commanders LB

The 2022 season represented a step in the right direction for Jamin Davis. His production and overall influence increased significantly en route to 104 tackles and three sacks, but that hasn’t stopped many from questioning whether or not he’ll ever live up to his first-round billing coming out of Kentucky.

Davis is still a work in progress. His gap discipline against the run is sometimes suspect and the player struggles in coverage more often than not, so there is much hard work ahead this offseason under the guidance of Washington Commanders’ coaches.

Although linebacker recruits will arrive in some capacity, Davis’ starting place should be assured. But that might not be the case for much longer if further strides aren’t made in 2023.

Year 3 is normally the stage of an NFL player’s career where the biggest improvements arrive. This bears more significance on the defensive side of things, which is a steep learning curve at all three levels and can be a rude awakening for those that aren’t ready.

This is why giving up on Davis right now shouldn’t be considered by the Commanders. But that does not detract from what an important campaign is upcoming for the second-level defender in pursuit of getting his fifth-year option triggered.