4 Commanders players that cannot afford to get complacent in 2023

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Charles Leno Jr. - Commanders OT

It was no secret that the Washington Commanders were going to make big changes to their offensive line this spring. There was almost no consistency to go off last season to justify anything else, so anything less than a revamp would have been malpractice.

Thankfully, this was also recognized by those in positions of power. The Commanders have four new starters - whether that be those already around getting chances in different positions or fresh faces coming into the fold.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Charles Leno Jr. will be the team's starter at left tackle. He was the best of a bad bunch last season, so hopefully improving options around the veteran brings even more consistency.

Leno gave up eight sacks and conceded four penalties from 1,189 snaps en route to a 71.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, which was decent all things considered. There are questions about who'll play at left guard with Saahdiq Charles and Chris Paul fighting it out, so it'll be interesting to see how this particular dynamic shakes out when the pads go on at camp.

The former seventh-round selection out of Boise State is also a prominent leadership figure within the locker room. This will be equally as important as anything Leno produces on the field with Josh Harris' new ownership group watching every move intently.