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

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Commanders should monitor D'Wayne Eskridge

Will the Seattle Seahawks really cut a player they took in the second round just two years ago? Spoiler alert: This will be a recurring question.

When they took Jaxon Smith-Njigba with their second pick in the first round this year, that possibility became more likely. D'Wayne Eskridge has managed just 17 catches in two seasons with a paltry 7.2 yards per reception. He has been in and out with injuries throughout those years, but even when he has been on the field, performances have been less than stellar.

Seattle’s top three receivers – D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Smith-Njigba – are set. Dareke Young probably has a spot due to his special teams' play. And Cade Johnson may be a more valuable addition than Eskridge, who does not play special teams.

That still leaves room for Eskridge, but if you’re the Seahawks, do you really want both Johnson and Eskridge? Maybe you’d rather diversify with the speedy Easop Winston or the much bigger Cody Thompson.

Pete Carroll has shown he has no problem making surprising moves. Walking away from the injury-prone and unproductive Eskridge could be another such decision.

Injury-prone and unproductive. Then why the Washington Commanders want him?

Because he is in that mold of fast, elusive receivers with which Eric Bieniemy has had success. Seattle has not been known for their creative offense. Eskridge, like Kadarius Toney, needs someone to figure out how to play to his strengths.

Bienemy could be that someone.