3 positives (and 2 concerns) from the Commanders' 2024 offseason

There's been a lot to unpack.
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Concern No. 2

Commanders offensive tackles

The Washington Commanders selected Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. After extensive assessments, those in power firmly believe that this is the quarterback capable of spearheading their exciting new era.

Daniels cannot do it alone. Every rookie quarterback needs the right environment to thrive immediately. They need a scheme to suit their strengths. They also require playmakers who could make life easier by getting open and making targets count. That's without counting for an established rushing attack to keep defenses honest.

Perhaps the most important centers on the offensive line. This is a critical area that Ron Rivera couldn't solve effectively. He preferred position versatility over specialist excellence. He inherited a productive starting lineup and turned it into a complete joke.

The Commanders have rectified this to a certain extent. The free-agent signings of Tyler Biadasz and Nick Allegretti should help solidify the interior alongside Sam Cosmi. While this is positive, some significant concerns remain about the offensive tackle positions.

Andrew Wylie is getting another shot at the right tackle spot despite an underwhelming first season with the Commanders. The veteran had moments of high-quality production, but the pressures and sacks conceded make this a significant gamble that must pay off.

Things are more uncertain on the blindside.

Charles Leno Jr. was released, which leaves the starting spot open. Cornelius Lucas or Trent Scott could fill the void, but the onus is also on third-round pick Brandon Coleman to pick things up quickly during his crash course in NFL standards throughout the preparation period.

Again, there's a chance Peters identifies another capable edge protector between now and when Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolls around. This will depend on how the aforementioned options perform during practice and whatever reps come their way in the preseason.

If Peters decides to stand pat, he'll be taking a big risk. One that could have huge ramifications on Daniels for good or bad.