3 extremely underrated moves from the Commanders' 2024 offseason

These underrated moves can help the Commanders in 2024.
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Commanders signed Dorance Armstrong Jr.

Despite not getting as much recognition as some others on the Dallas Cowboys defense in 2023, Dorance Armstrong Jr. performed exceptionally well. He finished the year top four on their team in sacks, tackles for loss, and quarterback hits. This was all done without being a starter.

For just another guy being brought along, his 16 sacks in the last two years alone provide great substance to Joe Whitt Jr.'s defensive front. It came as no surprise to see the Washington Commanders go after the edge presence early in free agency.

Washington's line features one of the best starting defensive tackle duos in the NFL. The Commanders used their second-round pick on another interior force to the wonder of many around the league. Johnny Newton is an absolute stud, and Adam Peters' philosophy of taking the best available will pay off.

That being said, the pass-rushing options seem like they could be more impressive. The Commanders brought in Armstrong, former teammate Dante Fowler Jr., and Clelin Ferrell from the San Francisco 49ers. Those in power also have high hopes for K.J. Henry, who flashed as a rookie and could progress under more accomplished coaches.

This could enhance the defensive front's chances of imposing themselves. But a lot of this will be based on whether Armstrong is capable of being not only a starter but a very good one.

Make no mistake, Armstrong is the No. 1 defensive end on the Commanders this year. Having been granted a three-year, $33 million contract - $22.12 million of which is guaranteed - it is evident that Whitt and head coach Dan Quinn believe that he can thrive with extra responsibilities on his shoulders.

If Armstrong can reach double-digit sacks this year, the Commanders' defense could be a force. This would also go some way to compensating for the loss of Chase Young and Montez Sweat.