3 reasons to be optimistic about the Commanders in 2024

Optimism is growing around the Commanders.
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Jayden Daniels

This is the big one above all else.

No matter what additions and improving thought process the Washington Commanders implemented throughout one of the most dramatic offseasons in franchise history, it'll count for nothing if Jayden Daniels cannot become a franchise quarterback. He's the next big thing. He's trusted to propel this storied organization back to relevancy and potential contention.

Daniels knows how much he's being relied upon. It's a responsibility he's taking seriously.

The Heisman Trophy winner came into the Commanders with the same mindset he adopted in college. He's first into the building and displays an exceptional work ethic to smooth his transition. This instantly won the respect of veteran teammates and coaches, who've been praising the signal-caller over offseason workouts.

The hard work is just getting started for Daniels. He's got a big target on his back after the Commanders took him at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. This comes with raised expectation levels in an instant gratification world. Whether he can match them will go a long way to determining how much Washington can accomplish next season.

It's hard not to be impressed by the early momentum generated by Daniels. Watching how the former LSU star copes when the pads go on at Washington's training camp is the next challenge to overcome. Getting some reps under his belt during preseason games would also be wise.

Daniels has the gifts. He's got the character. He's also got a strong supporting cast and a structure capable of steering him on a path to prosperity in the nation's capital.

There will be rookie struggles on occasion. Taking the rough with the smooth and maintaining focus is paramount. If Daniels accomplishes these feats, optimism will only grow about his scope to take the Commanders back to their rightful place among the NFL powerhouses.