4 Commanders players entering the last chance saloon before 2023 bye week

It's now or never for these Commanders players with big changes on the immediate horizon.

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Khaleke Hudson - Commanders LB

Much like the situation with wide receiver Dyami Brown, hopes were high surrounding Khaleke Hudson heading into the 2023 campaign. The linebacker showed out in Week 18 of the 2022 season against the Dallas Cowboys, and a strong preseason left many wondering if prominent reps could be in the player's immediate future.

Sadly, Hudson was a non-factor on the defensive rotation right out of the gate. He didn't see any meaningful action until Week 6 and has featured in a grand total of 12 percent of the Washington Commanders defensive snaps this season.

Considering the struggles of others at the second level, this was coaching malpractice. Hudson is young, athletic, and can only grow from more experience - something defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio refused to provide as he kept faith with more established figures who aren't up to scratch.

Hudson's been an integral part of Washington's special teams this season. Now that Del Rio is gone and Ron Rivera has taken over the defense, the former fifth-round pick should get more chances to shine.

Whether he can capitalize on them is another matter. Rivera's leash is short - so Hudson's will be too. If he cannot make a significant contribution against the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field, special teams duties might be the best he can hope for after the bye week.