3 dangerous NFC East newcomers Commanders must worry about in 2023

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) Brandin Cooks
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Which offseason additions within the NFC East represent dangerous newcomers that the Washington Commanders must worry about in 2023?

It’s been an interesting offseason for the Washington Commanders and around the NFC East in general. Some significant coaching and player turnover has taken place across all four teams within the division, which adds an extra layer of intrigue regarding how things might shake out when the 2023 season begins.

Three teams from the NFC East managed to make the postseason last time around. Had it not been for a couple of losses that could have gone the other way, the Commanders would have joined them as the division turned from a laughing stock into the league’s most competitive.

This doesn’t look like altering when competitive games begin once again. Something that raises the stakes for head coach Ron Rivera with the promise of new ownership coming into the fold.

On this topic, we picked out three dangerous newcomers to the NFC East that the Commanders must worry about in 2023.

Newcomer No. 1

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Rashaad Penny /

Commanders must worry about Rashaad Penny

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost some big names as expected in free agency. Their offensive and defensive coordinators also managed to secure head coaching gigs, so it remains to be seen whether they can defend their NFC Conference championship next season.

One key loss was Miles Sanders, who joined the Carolina Panthers. He was replaced by Rashaad Penny – a player with undoubted talent who should slot into their starting running back role seamlessly.

Penny turned out just five times for the Seattle Seahawks in 2022 and played second-fiddle to Kenneth Walker III when available. He’ll get an opportunity to be the lead back in Philadelphia, but remaining healthy is the key.