3 second-year Commanders players who could break out in 2024

The Commanders need more from these second-year players.
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The Washington Commanders knew they were in for serious changes and an inevitable rebuild this offseason. Heading into the summer dead period, the organization vastly differs with a brand-new front office, coaching staff, a rookie quarterback, and a new-look defense.

After a 4-13 season, the numerous changes across the franchise led to excitement amongst Commanders fans. This is primarily centered around their defense.

The additions of Jeremy Chinn, Frankie Luvu, Bobby Wagner, Dorrance Armstrong Jr., Mike Sainristil, and Johnny Newton brought on a sense of belief. Head coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. can turn this unit into a steady and potentially formidable group in 2024.

Some key second-year players could improve their respective play heading into the 2024 season. Last season, former coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew selected a pair of defensive backs with their first two selections of the 2023 NFL Draft. They also drafted a pass rusher who could see his role expand under Whitt.

Without further ado, here are three second-year Commanders players who could make a jump during the 2024 campaign.

Quan Martin - Commanders DB

One of my favorite players from the 2023 draft class, Quan Martin flashed numerous times during the Washington Commanders lowly campaign. He consistently made clutch plays on the ball, including an interception against the New England Patriots that clinched one of their four wins.

Martin has the makings of a terrific player in the DMV. He’s one of the better athletes on the team and consistently makes highlight-reel plays that would make any fan excited. Expect the former Illinois standout to be used in numerous areas of the defense under Joe Whitt Jr.

When watching his college film, Martin played everywhere in the secondary, including nickel, box, and single-high safety. Expect more of that this season.

At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Martin plays with excellent range and coverage awareness that allows him to excel in the deep middle third and deep outs. His twitchiness and playmaking ability make him a lethal ball hawk on the backend where he can track passes in the post and close on throws downhill quickly. 

The former All-Big 10 selection gained rave reviews during the offseason, including at Washington's mandatory minicamp. There is hope Martin can turn his flashes last season into a quality playmaker for the Commanders defense.

If this turns out to be the case, Martin could be a great steal from last year’s draft.