4 former Commanders players who’ll thrive on new teams in 2023

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Bobby McCain – Former Commanders DB

It didn’t take long for the Washington Commanders to make Bobby McCain a salary-cap casualty this offseason. The defensive back was deemed surplus to requirements thanks to the blossoming safety partnership of Kamren Curl and Darrick Forrest, which is among the league’s most dynamic and comes with significant long-term upside.

Couple this with a mini-revamp within the cornerback room, and it’s not hard to see why the Commanders went in a different direction. Fortunately for McCain, he found a home quickly within the NFC East after joining the New York Giants.

McCain will be highly motivated to get one over on his old employers next season. The Giants obviously liked what they saw from a versatility standpoint, which should ensure prominent reps for the playoff hopefuls in 2023 barring any steep regression in production.

The former fifth-round selection was solid if not spectacular last time around. McCain notched 76 tackles, five passes defended, and one forced fumble, but his 78.8 percent of targets and 111.9 passer rating conceded weren’t up to the required standard.

There’s a good chance McCain can shine elsewhere with a smooth transition. Looking at the Giants’ secondary options before the 2023 NFL Draft, the chance to start cannot be completely dismissed depending on which college prospects come into the fold.