Khaleke Hudson - Commanders LB
Another player who received extended playing time against the New York Giants due to injury was linebacker Khaleke Hudson. He played a season-high 26 snaps on defense after starter Cody Barton left the game due to an ankle injury.
The fourth-year pro from Michigan was effective in relief duty, totaling three combined tackles to go with one sack, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. Hudson showcased his signature speed playing in a rotation with Ron Rivera-favorite David Mayo, who posted a team-high 11 tackles in his 41 snaps on defense.
Fans have been clamoring for Hudson to replace the struggling Barton for weeks. The former Seattle Seahawk has had a particularly hard time adjusting to a new team and a new scheme.
Hudson's speed can be a difference-maker on defense. The hybrid linebacker impressed this offseason throughout the summer program, with many expecting a breakout campaign for the former special teams standout.
While Rivera might inexplicably prefer the veteran presence of Mayo, starting Hudson gives the Washington Commanders' defense more play-making power along with added versatility in coverage.
Pairing Hudson with incumbent starter Jamin Davis would add some much-needed juice to the undeniably underwhelming unit. Elevating Jabril Cox from the practice squad would give the Commanders another young option with speed to develop as the season progresses.