3 ways to fix the Commanders defense after woeful start to 2023 season

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Commanders defensive options

The Washington Commanders have four other linebackers - in addition to starter Jamin Davis - currently on the roster. David Mayo and De’Jon “Scoota” Harris cannot be inserted into Cody Barton’s spot. They are both decent run-stoppers but are far less mobile.

They can be used in short-yardage packages. However, both would be a liability if ever asked to play in the Washington base two-linebacker set.

Khaleke Hudson is a different story.

Hudson should be able to do exactly what they seem to want Barton to do. He is a little smaller but moves equally well.

Early in his career, Hudson seemed destined to be a special teams player, and that has been his role through four seasons. But he has looked more comfortable at linebacker in very limited opportunities over the past year or so. Maybe it is time to give him a longer look.

The Commanders signed Jabril Cox at the start of this season and immediately began talking up his potential. I liked him coming out of college, but he was far from a polished prospect. And the fact is that in 16 games as a pro - mostly on special teams- the former LSU stud has made eight tackles.

Barton - the man I am looking to replace - had eight tackles against the Chicago Bears in Week 5.

Cox may get a look down the road. But I would think if Washington simply wants to try a replacement, it is Hudson or nothing.