Commanders have plenty of targets to choose from
The Washington Commanders will have to cut some really solid talent in the next coming weeks. But quarterback Sam Howell will have plenty of weapons at his disposal in 2023.
The deepest position for Washington is arguably the wide receiver room, especially after offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy brought over some help with former Kansas City Chiefs players. How many receivers will the Commanders keep though?
The Commanders are likely going to have six receivers on the roster. Especially with the flexibility of Antonio Gibson, Bieniemy has a tough decision to make.
Aside from the top four wide receivers in Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, and Dyami Brown, the last two spots could go to whoever offers the most in special teams in addition to Washington's offense.
In Week 1 of the preseason, we saw flashes from the undrafted rookie Kazmeir Allen on kick and punt returns, while Dax Milne continued to struggle in the return game. The one thing we haven't seen out of the undrafted free agent so far though, is what kind of role he offers when the offense is on the field.
Byron Pringle is one of Bieniemy's familiar faces that he brought over with him to Washington recently. The wideout looks to comfortably have a roster spot locked in with the experience, playing ability, and special team flexibility. He helped his case with a big-time catch from Jacoby Brissett as well.
Logan Thomas sat out the first preseason game with an injury. This gave the rest of the tight-end room the opportunity to shine.
John Bates dropped his only target on the night which would have been a big gain if it wasn't for a holding call on the offensive line. Cole Turner shined and even threw some big blocks.
Turner caught all four of his targets on Friday night and showed that he has the reliable hands to be a go-to target for Howell. Especially on key plays such as third and fourth downs.
The Commanders now move on to Baltimore for joint practices with the Ravens and Week 2 of the preseason. These storylines are worth keeping an eye on as the regular season approaches.