Which Washington Commanders players find themselves on the hot seat heading into the team's training camp in 2023?
Excitement is reaching levels not seen for decades where the Washington Commanders are concerned. A new ownership group brings fresh hope better times could be on the horizon without Dan Snyder's incompetence holding the franchise back, but things are still hanging precariously for head coach Ron Rivera in 2023 after an indifferent three years at the helm so far.
Rivera deserves credit for restoring a sense of professionalism across the facility, even if it hasn't come with a winning record to date. Josh Harris seemed confident enough in the Commanders' chances during his introductory presser, but the emphasis on winning didn't go unnoticed and only raised the stakes further ahead of the campaign.
It's not just Rivera feeling the heat. Everyone across the roster aside from the few obvious indispensable individuals should be nervously looking over their shoulders, which should raise urgency and ensure high standards are met throughout their time on the practice field at Ashburn.
With this in mind, here are four Commanders players firmly on the hot seat at camp.
Joey Slye - Commanders K
If Joey Slye thought he'd be getting a clear run to the starting kicker jo despite a less-than-convincing 2022 campaign, the Washington Commanders threw a curveball on the eve of veterans reporting for training camp. The team confirmed that Michael Badgley had been signed after a successful visit, which means there will be a genuine kicking competition in the coming weeks.
Slye's accuracy wasn't up to the required standard last season. But even his close association with Ron Rivera wasn't enough to get a guaranteed reprieve in 2023 once Badgley became available after his surprising release from the Detroit Lions.
This should light a fire under Slye in pursuit of keeping Badgley at arm's length. However, adding a kicker so late into the offseason doesn't exactly scream confidence in the Virginia Tech product's outlook.