4 surprising Commanders standouts from 2023 OTAs so far

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Cole Turner - Commanders TE

The Washington Commanders were dealt a big blow to open OTAs when Armani Rogers suffered a torn Achilles that ruled him out for the entire 2023 season. Many within the building were expecting major growth from the promising young tight end, so this only piled further pressure on others to step up in his absence.

Those in power chose not to strengthen this position group this spring despite some huge question marks. Perhaps the presence of Eric Bieniemy can result in more production, but it's a big gamble to make looking at the grand scheme of things.

One player that could be set for more involvement is Cole Turner. The former fifth-round pick endured some rough luck on the injury front as a rookie, but he's certainly looked like someone that could contribute throughout OTAs so far.

Turner is a smooth route-runner with dependable hands. He also knows exactly how to create separation using his frame, which is imperative considering his lack of true top-end speed.

There is a long way to go for Turner, but he's off to a good start. And with Rogers unfortunately no longer part of Washington's plans next season, it might just be the sort of opening he needs to become impactful.

Logan Thomas is the No. 1 option and has started workouts with renewed purpose. But there's nothing to suggest Turner can not fill out a complimentary role at the very least in 2023.