4 Commanders players fighting for their jobs after 2024 minicamp

Emmanuel Forbes Jr. is among the group of four players who face a fight to keep their jobs with the Washington Commanders after 2024 minicamp.
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Jamison Crowder looks like the odd man out

Welcoming free agents Olamide Zaccheaus and Damiere Byrd, along with rookie Luke McCaffrey, to a revamped wide receiver corps spelled trouble for Jamison Crowder. His worries won't have eased after camp.

Crowder usually finds work as a useful slot receiver and nifty return man. The latter is a role Zaccheaus could snag from under him.

Zaccheaus got the chance to return a few kicks during OTAs. He impressed 7News DC's Scott Abraham with his "burst" and potential to be a "difference maker" in football's third phase.

There's competition in the return game, including Crowder. Zaccheaus isn't the only threat to the latter's position. Even Emmanuel Forbes got work in the same area, according to Monumental Sports Network's Mitchell Tischler.

If he loses work as a returner, Crowder will have a hard time making the final roster because the 30-year-old could be squeezed out of a crowded receiver rotation. Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson will be the headline acts. McCaffey is already working well with Daniels, while Dyami Brown has value as a natural deep threat.

Those factors could leave Crowder competing with two pass-catchers well known to this coaching staff. Zaccheaus worked for Dan Quinn with the Atlanta Falcons. Byrd played for offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury with the Arizona Cardinals.

Crowder's second tour with the Washington Commanders could come to an unceremonious end. However, there's no doubt Forbes would generate bigger headlines if he still can't make the grade.