Which Washington Commanders players have the potential to become genuine household names during the upcoming 2023 season?
With every NFL season, there is a new opportunity for players to prove their talents on the field. Last season, the Washington Commanders saw safety Darrick Forrest and wide receiver Jahan Dotson enjoy breakout campaigns.
Although breaking out is great for players and teams, it is the consistency of one's performances that will label them as a star player. The Commanders currently have four players on their roster who I would consider to be stars; defensive tackles Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, punter Tress Way, and receiver Terry McLaurin.
Which Commanders players can take the next steps and join this list of players in becoming stars in 2023 season?
Jahan Dotson - Commanders WR
Jahan Dotson had quite an impressive breakout rookie campaign. The first-round receiver racked up 152 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his first four NFL games before unfortunately suffering a grade 2 hamstring strain which forced him to miss five contests.
After a slow three-game ramp-up post-injury, Dotson again impressed the Commanders with 344 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the final five games of the NFL season. One important note is how the Penn State product not only performed at a high clip as a rookie, he did so in an offense that featured Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel, along with three different quarterbacks who started games throughout the season.
The wideout has now secured the starting No. 2 role in a Washington Commanders' offense with a young, gun-slinging Sam Howell as their quarterback and new offensive coordinator in Eric Bieniemy, who is looking to bring his creative offensive schemes from Kansas City to D.C.
Dotson has all the talent necessary to become an NFL star. With a new offensive system and consistent play time coming, there is a strong possibility the Commanders will have another star receiver to play alongside McLaurin by the season's end.