4 Commanders rookies who can help themselves most at 2023 minicamp
By Dean Jones
Tim DeMorat - Commanders QB
After speculation about the Washington Commanders drafting a quarterback in 2023 failed to materialize, it seems as if Ron Rivera is going through with his promise of moving forward with Sam Howell as the starting option next season.
Jacoby Brissett will fancy his chances after performing well for the Cleveland Browns until Deshaun Watson returned from suspension. But all signs point to the former fifth-rounder manning things under center in Week 1.
Brissett will be the primary backup and has an important mentorship role to play in the hope Howell reaches his targets. Jake Fromm represents a realistic third option if the Commanders go down that route, but undrafted free-agent signing Tim DeMorat was coveted heavily by those in power once the selection process concluded and brings some intrigue.
DeMorat was set to attend both Washington's and the New York Jets' rookie minicamps before the Commanders made him an offer he couldn't refuse. The record-breaking Fordham product has a cannon for an arm and is mobile enough to navigate the pocket smoothly, although there are some decision-making and footwork flaws that need eradicating from his game before further confidence arrives.
It's not costing the Commanders much to get a closer look at DeMorat. If he impresses over the coming days, then a situation could emerge where he's contending with Fromm for a No. 3 position behind Howell and Brissett heading into training camp this summer.