Which Washington Commanders players find themselves on the hot seat entering Week 4's road game against the Philadelphia Eagles?
After suffering a humbling loss to the Buffalo Bills, it's time to find out what sort of character resides within the Washington Commanders' locker room. Big personalities are needed for this weekend's clash against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field, which will be another stern test of the team's credentials in no uncertain terms.
The Eagles are sitting pretty atop the NFC East at 3-0 and are the defending conference champions. Lincoln Financial Field is as hostile as it gets, although the Commanders did manage to block out the noise and win at the same venue last season, for what it's worth.
Everyone seems to have moved on with harsh lessons to take on board. But if some struggling players put in the same embarrassing effort in Week 4, one couldn't predict anything other than the same result.
With this in mind, here are three Commanders players on the hot seat entering their first divisional clash of the 2023 campaign.
Cody Barton - Commanders LB
We've discussed at length how much Cody Barton is struggling at the defensive second level, so we'll keep this short. If the free-agent signing cannot step up his consistency this weekend at the Philadelphia Eagles, it might be time for the Washington Commanders to make changes.
Barton's gap discipline against run is suspect, he's struggling with his angles in pursuit of the football, and the coverage frailties he displayed on the Seattle Seahawks have followed the former third-round selection to a different environment. Not exactly the most
encouraging sign before coming up versus an Eagles rushing attack that looks extremely explosive.
Just why the Commanders haven't utilized Khaleke Hudson after his impressive preseason is anyone's guess. But something will have to be done if Barton fluffs his lines in Week 4.