4 Commanders veterans who could lose their jobs to rookies in 2023

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David Mayo - Commanders OLB

The Washington Commanders haven't done much to upgrade their options at the defensive second level this offseason. While this could mean more two-linebacker sets from Jack Del Rio, it could also be perceived as confidence in David Mayo's chances of additional involvement.

Mayo followed Ron Rivera to the Commanders and emerged into a decent special teams contributor. His time on the defensive rotation increased to 25 percent of snaps last season, which could be a sign that more is on the way with another offseason to prepare.

This is a pretty big risk considering Mayo's inconsistent production when in the lineup. If the veteran cannot make his presence felt, then someone like Khaleke Hudson or perhaps even rookie K.J. Henry could step up and fill the void.

Henry is listed as a defensive end but at 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds, has the physical profile to potentially switch to an outside linebacker if the coaching staff feels like it could benefit their chances. This would bare more significance in obvious pass-rushing situations while the fifth-round pick develops other areas of his game.

While transitioning Henry has its benefits, the Commanders might see him more as a long-term defensive end depending on what unfolds with Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Mayo must focus on what he can control, but the margin for error looks slim for the Texas State product.