4 potential errors the Commanders made during roster cuts in 2023

Some decisions were more questionable than others.

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Commanders are thin at LB

Positional value is not something normally associated with the Washington Commanders' linebacking corps throughout the Ron Rivera era. Something that was further reflected with the roster choices - or lack thereof - at the defensive second level.

The Commanders took through four linebackers onto their roster. Jamin Davis and Cody Barton are slotted to start, Khaleke Hudson's outstanding summer means additional involvement is almost guaranteed, and David Mayo is a trusted associate of Rivera's who can also make his presence felt on special teams.

Of course, convincing Jabril Cox to leave the Dallas Cowboys might indicate he's been guaranteed a roster place once he picks up Jack Del Rio's system. But the cupboard looks relatively bare and that's even taking into account the Commanders' preference for utilizing two-linebacker sets.

This is something that could cost the Commanders if one or two injuries occur. Much will depend on what the plan is with Cox, but solidifying this area of the field was a need before free agency and remains so heading into Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

That has the scope to be a real problem. If those chosen for the 53-man roster don't meet expectations, it won't take long for the linebacking group to become a weak link on Washington's potentially elite defense.