3 Commanders players that didn’t get enough credit in 2022

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) Darrick Forrest
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Darrick Forrest – Commanders S

If there was one overlooked bright spot for the Washington Commanders last season, it’s their blossoming young safety tandem. Kamren Curl looks like a star in the making after another outstanding campaign, but Darrick Forrest‘s contribution must also be taken as a major positive as the defensive back gets set for Year 3 of his professional career.

Forrest is a hard hitter that took full advantage of starting reps. The confidence placed in him by Jack Del Rio was repaid in full, with the former fifth-round selection emerging into a true three-down presence that could impact the game in all phases.

One area where Forrest thrived is from a coverage standpoint. The one-time Cincinnati college standout gave up just 54.5 percent of targets and a 74.5 passer rating, which was matched by just 3.3% of missed tackles to further enhance his influence.

The Commanders have some questions to answer at the cornerback position, but the coaching staff can relax safe in the knowledge they have a superb backend foundation from which to build. With a smooth offseason period of additional development, Forrest and Curl can emerge into one of the league’s most productive tandems if everything goes well.

Forrest deserves an endless amount of credit for the way he’s applied himself over the last two seasons. Hopefully, this is just the start of a great Commanders’ career.

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