5 Commanders candidates to be cut going into the summer

These Commanders players have a lot of hard work ahead.
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Benning Potoa'e - Commanders DL

Despite the defensive tackle tandem of Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen failing to meet expectations in 2023, they are far too talented to give up on. The Washington Commanders have supreme confidence in their ability to bounce back under the expert guidance of Joe Whitt Jr. and Dan Quinn. They also have improved options at the edge rusher and linebacker spots to provide the help needed.

This didn't stop the Commanders from adding to their interior options. When Johnny Newton fell out of their first round and into their laps at No. 36 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft, it represented a gift from the football Gods that Adam Peters wasn't going to turn down.

Newton is dealing with some foot issues and must be brought along gradually, but it would be a disappointment if he wasn't able to impact the rotation at some stage during his rookie campaign. The Commanders also have John Ridgeway III and former second-round selection Phidarian Mathis to fill out the defensive tackle depth chart.

While this looks like an area of real strength, it doesn't bode well for those looking to carve out roles for themselves. Benning Potoa'e falls into this category, so his status is hanging by a thread unless substantial improvements arrive under more accomplished coaches.

Looking at the Commanders' current options, Potoa'e does seem to be the odd man out and the most expendable. He's suited up just three times during his two seasons in the nation's capital. He's bounced between the active roster and practice squad without ever firmly establishing himself. It'll take a monumental effort to change this trend.

Impressing a fresh set of eyes could stand him in good stead. At the same time, Potoa'e gaining a place on the practice squad once again is probably the best he can hope for.

If the Commanders don't get an immediate tune out of Potoa'e, he'll be cast aside. After all, Peters and Quinn have no room for passengers in their quest to get this historic franchise back where it belongs.