5 Commanders players who are already turning heads at 2024 OTAs

These Commanders have caught the eye for differing reasons over OTAs.
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Zach Ertz - Commanders TE

Despite putting together a highly productive playing career, Zach Ertz came into the Washington Commanders this offseason with a point to prove.

He was cast aside by the Arizona Cardinals midway through the 2023 campaign and failed to find another suitor until the postseason when the Detroit Lions brought him in as an insurance policy behind rookie Sam LaPorta. Many wondered if this would be the end of Ertz's professional journey, but Kliff Kingsbury feels there is still more to give.

Washington's new offensive coordinator likely banged the table hard for Ertz. Kingsbury's worked with the player previously during their time together in Arizona. They developed a solid relationship and the tight end featured heavily within his offensive scheme with great success attached.

That said, some questioned whether Ertz was deserving of another opportunity to be a legitimate No. 1 tight end at this late stage of his playing days. Looking at the start he's made during OTAs, this could end up being a shrewd piece of business by the Commanders.

Ertz looks sharp during drills and is making tough catches look routine according to those in attendance. He's savvy enough to find soft spots in coverages and become Jayden Daniels' best friend in no time.

Of course, he must also play the role of mentor to rookie tight end Ben Sinnott. The Kansas State product is seen as the long-term starting option after Washington took him at No. 53 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. Ertz must pass on his knowledge and ensure he's ready to step up when the time comes.

This strong start from Ertz should alleviate some concerns about his contribution to Kingsbury's expansive offensive system. The more dependable pass-catchers that Daniels has to call upon, the better. We are only early in the process and the pads haven't come on yet, but the former second-round selection out of Stanford looks like someone who could make an impact next season.