Commanders returner issue
The Washington Commanders also had a complication at the kick returner position to solve heading into the 2023 season. Dax Milne just didn't do enough in 2022 to guarantee the same role, so this dynamic was something to closely monitor throughout the preparation period before Ron Rivera and his staff reached a final conclusion.
It looked for a long time as if Kazmeir Allen was the frontrunner to secure the job after joining the Commanders as an undrafted free agent. His elusiveness and explosiveness came across in flashes during camp, which meant things were hanging precariously for Milne leading into preseason games.
Allen got a last audition to prove his worth in Washington's warmup finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. But after dropping two passes and fumbling a punt which he later recovered, the Commanders had no option other than to keep faith with Milne almost by default.
This is an underwhelming outcome to what could become an ongoing weak link unless the former BYU stud becomes more consistent. Other options could also fill in kicker duties, but Milne looks set to get the first opportunity before the Commanders go down a different, more drastic route.
As for Allen, he cleared waivers as expected and secured his place on the practice squad. If he improves ball skills and overall composure in the weeks ahead, then the UCLA product might be involved as the campaign progresses.