3 surprising standouts from Commanders 2024 offseason workouts

These contributions were surprising for differing reasons.
Luke McCaffrey
Luke McCaffrey / Simon M Bruty/GettyImages
1 of 3

It was fascinating to watch things unfold throughout early workouts. The Washington Commanders made a plethora of alterations to their infrastructure, coaching staff, and playing personnel as Josh Harris' ownership group put their ambitious plans into motion. They were largely well-received and brought fresh hope across the fanbase for good measure.

Dan Quinn and his staff implemented their ideas into the roster over early workouts. Organized team activities were a chance to install their schematic concepts and ensure everyone was familiar with the new way of thinking. Washington's mandatory minicamp represented an opportunity to assess how each player was faring before deciding on any further measures.

Quinn was gushing in praise for his players. He placed high demands on them and they responded accordingly. This will serve them well provided they don't take their foot off the gas away from the facility leading into training camp.

With that being said, here are three surprising standouts from Commanders 2024 offseason workouts.

Zach Ertz - Commanders TE

Nobody is disputing Zach Ertz's previous credentials. He's a three-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion, and one of the best pass-catching tight ends around at the peak of his powers. So why does he land on a list of surprising standouts?

This is down to Ertz's aging talent and the fact he missed so much football in 2023 following his release by the Arizona Cardinals. Nobody knew what - if anything - the former second-round pick could offer during his reunion with offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. It's early days, but the veteran alleviated these concerns by standing out considerably.

Ertz's route-running was on point. The hands were assured as ever. He's also assumed the leadership role superbly, working with second-round selection Ben Sinnott during his critical transition from college to the pros.

Erring on the side of caution until we see Ertz in a competitive setting would be prudent. However, the immediate impression left by the player was extremely positive nonetheless.