3 Commanders players showing signs of life under Dan Quinn

These players have taken well to Dan Quinn's improved teachings.
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Jordan Magee - Commanders LB

Adam Peters was widely lauded for his first NFL Draft as general manager. The respected front office figure came into the Washington Commanders with a lofty reputation and vast experience with winning organizations. It didn't take long for the entire infrastructure to become more professional under his guidance.

All the headlines have centered on rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels and other high-end draft selections such as dynamic cornerback Mike Sainristil. However, an unheralded prospect taken further down the pecking order is already making notable strides thanks to the exceptional guidance of head coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Joe Whitt Jr.

Jordan Magee was taken at No. 139 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. The athletic linebacker came with hopes of being a development prospect who could potentially assist on the rotation and special teams during his first season with the franchise. These ambitions have risen thanks to an outstanding integration into a professional setup over early off-season workouts.

Quinn and Whitt have gushed in their praise of Magee throughout OTAs and Washington's mandatory minicamp. There's no chance the former Temple star will unseat high-profile veteran signings Bobby Wagner or Frankie Luvu for a starting spot during the 2024 campaign. However, occupying a key rotational role and gaining reps on special packages seems well within his capabilities based on initial impressions.

Anything the Commanders get from Magee in 2024 is a bonus. This was a pick made with the long-term in mind. At the same time, there's a growing sense that the franchise might have a draft gem on its hands if the same trend continues in the weeks and months ahead.

This is a positive first step for Magee, but no more than that. Fortunately, Quinn's previous experience with nurturing defensive players and turning them into standouts in their respective roles means he's in the best possible hands to grow further.