3 overlooked questions preventing Commanders growth in 2024

It'll take more than just a quarterback...
Terry McLaurin
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Will Terry McLaurin get help?

What if Drake Maye comes in and starts zipping passes into tight windows? What if Jayden Daniels gives the Washington Commanders a dual threat that keeps defenses guessing? Either one of those is possible. But so is the counterpoint that the team's chosen signal-caller won't hit the ground running.

Without a second stellar wide receiver on the roster - or until Jahan Dotson proves himself further than 1,000 receiving yards in two seasons - whoever comes in is going to struggle unless the Commanders find some help for Terry McLaurin.

As of now, the Commanders have McLaurin and Dotson as genuine pass-catching options. An aging Austin Ekeler, a bulldog in Brian Robinson Jr., and a wild card in Chris Rodriguez Jr. are the team's backfield trio.

Some changes to the offensive line should help, but it's not as if the Commanders have brought in world-beaters, either. Unless they mesh quickly, it's not hard to see where the problems could emerge.

This is not to be critical, it is only to say that with some of the changes - coupled with the loss of Curtis Samuel - if the Commanders do not bring in some serious talent with the ability to create yards after the catch, the offense is going to struggle regardless of who is at quarterback.

McLaurin needs some serious help if he's going to help the new quarterback.