4 experiments the Washington Commanders could cut short in 2023

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Benjamin St-Juste – Commanders CB

There was plenty to like about the increased influence of Benjamin St-Juste in Year 2 of his professional career. His coverage capabilities were much improved and the cornerback seemed to find his feet far better than at any stage throughout his rookie campaign.

That is a positive sign there could be more to come from the player in 2023. However, the recent pickup of Cameron Dantzler Sr. off the waiver wire coupled with the prospect of spending the No. 16 overall selection on a promising cover corner means the heat is on.

St-Juste will be a core rotational piece whichever way the Commanders go during the draft. But there is a real urgency for the player to take a monumental leap forward next season to risk further doubts about his future.

The former third-round pick out of Minnesota needs to be more physical – especially considering his size. But if the Commanders and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio don’t like what they see early on, then a situation could emerge where he’s sent to the fringes.

What comes next is down to St-Juste. But if the third-year-pro cannot make the necessary improvements, the Commanders will be forced to place him lower down the depth chart – especially if someone like Christian Gonzalez or Joey Porter Jr. becomes Washington’s first-round pick.