Which Washington Commanders must rebound positively or risk being shown the door when the 2023 campaign officially arrives?
With the potential for new ownership, it’s easy to forget that the Washington Commanders formally begin their offseason workout activities tomorrow. This is the first step of what will hopefully be a smooth preparation period before the 2023 season.
Ron Rivera and his staff have been keen to avoid obvious distractions and focus fully on building a competitive roster. This has been hindered slightly by the ownership flux, but the pieces are there for progress providing the right prospects are acquired from the college ranks with eight selections at the team’s disposal.
The onus is also on those already on the roster to make improvements. Pressure will increase across the board once the sale gets league approval, so everything must go better than expected to avoid wholesale changes.
On this topic, here are three Commanders players that must rebound in a big way next season.
Player No. 1
Joey Slye – Commanders K
The life of an NFL kicker is turbulent at best. This has proved true for Joey Slye throughout his time in the league so far and unless big improvements arrive in 2023, the Washington Commanders will likely seek alternative options.
Slye is a long-term associate of Ron Rivera’s, which has got him this far despite some erratic performances since joining the Commanders. There doesn’t appear to be any competition for his place just yet, although the head coach would be wise to act quickly if he feels like Washington’s current kicker could jeopardize their chances of playoff football next time around.