3 Commanders who deserve another look under the new regime in 2024

These Commanders players are worth staying the course with as big changes loom.

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Sam Cosmi - Commanders OL

The Washington Commanders offensive line has failed to meet even modest expectations this season. Ron Rivera didn't give the protection the attention it needed. This was a grave error in judgment considering he was planning to start inexperienced quarterback Sam Howell right out of the gate.

This unit needs a complete makeover during the offseason. One could make a case for four new starters coming into the fold. The player who should remain part of the team's plans is Sam Cosmi.

While others have fluffed their lines in the worst way imaginable, Cosmi's done well in difficult circumstances. The former second-round pick made the expected transition from right tackle to right guard heading into Year 3 of his professional career. It's one of the very few transitions that have paid off for Rivera.

Many believe Cosmi's frame indicates a move back to tackle, but keeping him on the interior and getting better options around the Texas product represents a good course of action. Flip-flopping offensive line positions constantly fail to provide stability. Players need continuity to develop chemistry and refine their craft.

The rest of Washington's protection could move on in some capacity. Nobody will shed many tears if this scenario comes to fruition. However, the consistency Cosmi brought to the table is worthy of another season at the very least.