4 potential post-June 1 cuts the Commanders should monitor in 2023

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Which potential post-June 1 cuts should the Washington Commanders be monitoring closely ahead of the upcoming 2023 campaign?

I can hear the howls of laughter already. Football fans from Seattle to Denver – from the land of ten thousand lakes in Minnesota to the mistake on the lake in Cleveland, will all be giggling at the naïve temerity of the following recommendation.

For I am about to suggest that the Washington Commanders keep their eye on the waiver wire and perhaps take a chance on any of the four offensive playmakers who have made very few plays, and who have been downright offensive throughout most of their brief NFL careers.

I can explain my rationale with two words: Kadarius Toney.

Toney, as all New York Giants fans know, was taken with the No. 20 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. It was one spot after the Commanders got Jamin Davis.

It was a bit of a surprise with a lot of other good players available, but the Giants thought they were getting a dynamic playmaker. Less than two years later, they decided they were wrong and dealt Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In seven games for the Chiefs, Toney scored three touchdowns (three more than he scored in his Giants career). Then he notched another in the Super Bowl, along with returning a punt for 65 yards (a Super Bowl record.) Heading into 2023, the do-it-all weapon is penciled in as a starting receiver for the defending champions.

Now part of this turnaround may be due to swapping out Daniel Jones for Patrick Mahomes. But another part has to do with the fact the Chiefs, more than any other team in today’s NFL, recognize the value of having loads of very fast men playing on the perimeter of your offense.

And it just so happens, in case you had not heard, that the architect of those Chiefs' offenses is now in Washington. Eric Bieniemy has worked wonders with athletically gifted receivers and tight ends. Maybe we should give him a few more to play around with after his big switch to the Commanders.

Here are three little receivers in the Toney mold, and one enormous tight end who can fly, who have been major disappointments so far, but who might find new life playing for Bieniemy.