5 Commanders players fighting for their future after the 2023 bye week

Time is running out for certain Commanders players to solidify their respective futures.

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Benjamin St-Juste - Commanders CB

He has the numbers, but cornerback Benjamin St-Juste sums up everything wrong with the Washington Commanders' boom-or-bust secondary. The third-year cornerback leads the NFL in "forced incompletions," according to Pro Football Focus, which came as a surprise to many who've watched the team closely this season.

This many broken-up passes should be the hallmark of a true shutdown corner. Instead, St-Juste is just as likely to get beat deep as he is to get his hands on the ball. Maybe more likely.

He should be a physical mismatch able to play press on an island, but the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder gets burned on the outside too often. Like when rookie Jalin Hyatt beat him for the New York Giants in Week 7.

The Commanders need St-Juste to put it all together after the bye. Consistency can make him the matchup cover man the next defensive coordinator can use against an opponent's WR1 each week.