4 Commanders that must step up after Montez Sweat and Chase Young trades

It's time for others to shine...
Montez Sweat and Chase Young
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Jamin Davis - Commanders LB

Montez Sweat and Chase Young were two highly-touted first-round selections coming out of college. One exceeded expectations while the other couldn't reach the generational projections many envisaged thanks in no small part to injury.

It was a tough decision to trade both, one suspects. But Josh Harris' ownership group wants to start building for the future and that made them necessary sacrifices in pursuit of progression.

Make no mistake, this should put everyone on high alert. Nobody is safe - and I mean nobody - so finishing the campaign strongly and improving their aspirations is of critical importance.

This places Jamin Davis firmly under the microscope. The linebacker's made some decent strides in Year 3 of his professional career despite not having the greatest supporting cast at the defensive second-level, but more will be needed over the next nine games without Sweat and Young.

One area where Davis doesn't get enough credit is rushing the quarterback. The former first-round selection demonstrates physicality and explosiveness when given the chance to get into the backfield, which should become more frequent over the next few months if defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio sees fit.

With Davis' fifth-year option decision looming, putting out positive tape should be his primary focus no matter the role. If he proves his worth with additional responsibilities, then he can feel confident about staying part of Washington's plans.