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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Bobby Wagner - Commanders LB

Acquiring one of the greatest linebackers of the modern era was a significant coup by the Washington Commanders. While there is no doubt Bobby Wagner is approaching the end of his Pro Football Hall of Fame career, he remains highly productive and influential. Something head coach Dan Quinn will rely upon heavily during the preparation period and when competitive games arrive.

Wagner wasted no time in raising the standards. He holds himself professionally and expects others to do the same. There's a winning mindset to his approach that's been a breath of fresh air. It's also assisted coaches and teammates tremendously throughout OTAs so far.

The former second-round pick is always willing to provide advice and guidance. Wagner's seen and done it all. And yet, he's checked his ego at the door and put the team first - something that cannot be said of some veterans acquired by the Commanders in recent years.

Having Wagner will be like an on-field coach for Quinn throughout the campaign. The pair worked together previously on the Seattle Seahawks. They hold deep respect for one another and should continue their thriving working relationship in a different environment. It won't be perfect all the time, but hopes are high for now.

There's a chance Wagner's production falls off a cliff at 35 years old when the campaign arrives. However, the fact he gained 183 tackles last season en route to yet another Pro Bowl appearance and second-team All-Pro honor indicates there are plenty of strong performances left before he eventually walks away.

The Commanders' linebacking corps got a much-needed revamp this offseason. Wagner and Frankie Luvu could be a dynamic second-level tandem and the depth also took a notable leap forward. This was a critical part of Adam Peters' plans after the position became ignored completely by previous head coach Ron Rivera.

Again, preparations are still in their infancy before the regular season. However, the impression made by Wagner as a player and culture-shifter is incredibly pleasing.