4 players Commanders can't risk sneaking on the practice squad in 2024

The Commanders would be taking a huge risk...
Cole Turner
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Cole Turner - Commanders TE

The Washington Commanders shook things up at the tight end position this offseason. Logan Thomas ran out of juice last time around and became a salary-cap casualty as expected. Adam Peters wasn't going to wait on the off chance someone already on the books would leap forward under more accomplished coaches.

Kliff Kingsbury turned to Zach Ertz for a short-term solution. The veteran has proven production within his system from their time together at the Arizona Cardinals. It's only a one-year fix, but it could potentially help quarterback Jayden Daniels during his important transition from college to the pros.

The Commanders didn't stop there. Those in power selected Ben Sinnott at No. 53 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. This is a long-term solution to an ongoing complication. The player is also talented enough to feature prominently alongside Ertz right out of the gate.

This isn't good news for everybody. If the Commanders keep faith with John Bates as the tight-end blocking specialist, it leaves Cole Turner and Armani Rogers facing an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster.

Both players remain unknown quantities. This is down to injury, not getting a prolonged look under the previous coaching staff, and failing to maximize reps when they arrived. Many thought Turner could break out last season, but it was clear from a long way out this was never going to materialize.

Turner has a lot of decent qualities. His route running came along nicely last summer. The former fifth-round pick's ball skills and body control also displayed notable improvement. However, something prevented Ron Rivera and Eric Bieniemy from getting him involved.

A big effort is needed from Turner this offseason. If he doesn't do enough, the Commanders might look to keep him on the practice squad if he clears waivers. That could allow another team to scoop him up and see if there remains some untapped potential attached.