4 risky experiments the Commanders could cut short in 2024

The Commanders have taken some risks heading into the 2024 season.
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Commanders offensive tackle tandem

Adam Peters deserves praise for the way he's gone about his business throughout the offseason. If there was one knock from the outside looking in, it might end up being the offensive tackle position when push comes to shove.

After another woeful campaign from everyone aside from right guard Sam Cosmi, big changes were once again implemented along the offensive line. Tyler Biadasz and Nick Allegretti were acquired in free agency to potentially sure up the interior. Cornelius Lucas was one of the few veterans who got re-signed. Charles Leno Jr. wasn't so lucky en route to becoming a salary-cap casualty.

This made the need for edge assistance even more glaring. Peters tried to move back into the first round for one of the premium left tackles emerging from a deep draft class. Once this collapsed, the general manager waited until the third round for Brandon Coleman at No. 67 overall.

Coleman's got plenty of college experience at TCU, which should help smooth the transition. The rookie is going to get a crash course in blindside duties throughout the summer. If he passes these challenges with flying colors, the Commanders could install him as their starter in Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There's no guarantee this is going to work out. Coleman's lack of size and length is a worry. Most analysts expect his skill set to be better suited to the interior over time. With only Lucas and Trent Scott as the backups, the potential complications are there for all to see.

The same applies to Andrew Wylie. The right tackle gave up nine sacks and countless pressure in key moments during his first campaign in the nation's capital. He's getting another shot under the new regime, but the margin for error is slimmer than ever.

In truth, this could go either way. The last thing Washington needs is flawed pass protection in front of quarterback Jayden Daniels. If things don't begin well, expect the Commanders to make alterations.