3 major observations from Commanders early free-agent moves in 2023

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Commanders take a calculated risk at CB

Some landmark roster alterations are currently unfolding across the Minnesota Vikings as the team looks to put themselves in a better position for long-term success. Something the Washington Commanders took advantage of with a calculated gamble that could pay off in a big way.

Washington wasted no time in picking up Cameron Dantzler Sr. off waivers. The former third-round selection out of Mississippi State had a down year by his high standards in 2022, but no Vikings defender emerged with any real credit after Ed Donatell’s transition to a 3-4 base scheme proved nothing short of disastrous.

Based on Dantzler’s first two seasons in the league, this could be a solid piece. One that might emerge as a starting option if everything goes well.

Dantzler struggles in press coverage at times, but Jack Del Rio’s system doesn’t call for much of that in any case. What the player does well is anticipate routes and read the quarterback’s eyes – which is perfect for a zone scheme.

This is a low-risk, high-reward move from the Commanders. They’ll still consider drafting a cornerback in the first two rounds of the draft, but Dantzler is cheap and should be highly motivated after being cast aside by the Vikings.

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