4 Commanders players who could be gone after the 2024 season

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Benjamin St-Juste - Commanders CB

One of the biggest failings surrounding the Washington Commanders' defense last season centered on their lack of outside coverage capabilities. Having a non-existent pass rush didn't help over the second half of 2023 once Montez Sweat and Chase Young were traded. However, giving up so many big plays was embarrassing nonetheless.

Despite these failings, the Commanders didn't do much to strengthen this area of the field. Their interior coverage got a huge upgrade in the form of second-round pick Mike Sainristil. As for the outside? Only Michael Davis harbors hopes of prominent involvement and he regressed considerably last time around.

This is a grave concern - one that could potentially jeopardize the chances of growth during the first season under head coach Dan Quinn. Still, confidence is high within the building surrounding those who vastly underachieved over the previous campaign.

Kendall Fuller left without much of a fight from Adam Peters in favor of the Miami Dolphins. This makes Benjamin St-Juste their No. 1 edge coverage cornerback. The former third-round pick has talent, but concentration issues and ball-tracking ability downfield remain problem areas that must be eradicated throughout the summer.

St-Juste has a lot going for him despite an inconsistent 2023. Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. are accomplished developers of defensive backs. They'll know what he's got and what he needs to enhance performance-wise. There's also the small matter of the Minnesota product's contract situation to factor into the equation.

Like Jamin Davis, this is the final year of St-Juste's rookie deal. If the player wants a bigger financial commitment from the Commanders, he must firmly establish himself as a dependable asset in Washington's pass defense. He also needs to limit the mistakes that stunted his influence last season.

All hope is not lost with St-Juste. However, there doesn't appear much hope of getting an extended stay beyond 2024 unless the corner raises consistency levels accordingly.