3 NFC East moves that made Commanders feel better about 2023 chances

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Tyron Smith
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Which moves around the NFC East should make the Washington Commanders feel better about their chances of a divisional title in 2023?

Even though the Washington Commanders are focused on improving their roster before preparations for the 2023 campaign ramp-up, keeping tabs on what else is transpiring around the division would be prudent. The NFC East was more competitive than anticipated last season, with three of the four teams making the postseason and in the Philadelphia Eagles’ case, representing the NFC in the Super Bowl following a memorable campaign.

It will be difficult for the Commanders to force their way into contention next season. Especially considering the questions around key position groups such as cornerback, linebacker, tight end, the offensive line, and the quarterback spot.

Another factor worth considering is the amount of pressure that could be on Ron Rivera if the Commanders get sold as expected. Yet another fascinating layer to the equation that could go either way.

On that topic, we picked out three moves around the NFC East that should make the Commanders feel better about their chances in 2023.

Move No. 1

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Bobby McCain /

Commanders can capitalize on a familiar face

Letting Bobby McCain go was a necessary move for financial purposes and to allow talented young players on the Washington Commanders more reps to flourish. As it turned out, the defensive back’s departure to a division rival is something they can take advantage of.

McCain ended up on the New York Giants and could play a leading role depending on who comes in via the 2023 NFL Draft. Washington’s playmakers will be salivating at the prospect of going up against their old teammate, but much will depend on whether Sam Howell or Jacoby Brissett can provide better efficiency under center.