10 perfect scenarios for the Washington Commanders in 2023

The 2023 season represents one of hope for the Commanders.

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James Smith-Williams has more sacks than Chase Young

Here's where Dean and I disagree. He has Chase Young getting 10+ sacks, while I'm more suspicious of how he is going to look coming back.

Yes, he did look explosive in his limited action in pre-season. But the fact that he has missed so much time with a stinger and not been cleared for contact gives me pause.

Nobody is questioning Young's talent, but is his desire there to sacrifice for a Washington Commanders team that did not give him an extension?

Coming back from a torn ACL and ruptured patella tendon is difficult enough, but the added risk of getting injured again has to weigh on Young. I can see him missing 4+ games and finishing with fewer sacks than James Smith-Williams before signing elsewhere in the offseason.

Jahan Dotson outpaces Terry McLaurin to be Commanders' leading WR

The hype train is on for Jahan Dotson, with many pundits calling him a breakout star for the 2023 season. Given how he looked last year and throughout the pre-season, I believe the hype is real.

Terry McLaurin is dealing with an injury of his own, so Dotson can step up and become the Commanders' leading receiver in 2023 with more than 75 receptions and 1,100+ yards.

Commanders CB Emmanuel Forbes will have 3+ pick-sixes

After setting the SEC and FBS record for most-ever interceptions returned for touchdowns in college, Emmanuel Forbes continued to show his knack for being around the ball, returning a pick-6 in training camp. He will continue to stand out and finish with 3+ pick-sixes in 2023, which will be the most since Marcus Peters had three in 2019.