5 Commanders players lucky to escape Adam Peters' initial roster cull

These Commanders players can breathe a sigh of relief, for now...
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When Adam Peters was asked about his thoughts on the roster Ron Rivera built, the long pause before answering told its own story. This was a franchise in desperate need of change. Thankfully, the new general manager had a plan to ensure things started trending upward as a matter of urgency.

The Washington Commanders have undergone significant changes this offseason. Very few free agents were retained. A plethora of new faces came into the fold without jeopardizing the team's future financial flexibility. Some established stars became surplus to requirements ahead of time.

Things look a lot different now. In just a few short months, Peters has changed Washington's ethos within the front office. He's moving with conviction and professionalism, rebuilding the foundations and putting the Commanders in a strong position heading into the 2024 NFL Draft. It's also increased the confidence among fans that the right men are in charge.

If Peters can utilize his hefty draft assets well, there's just no telling what this team could accomplish in the short and long term. Finding the quarterback capable of leading this ambitious project is the biggest piece of the puzzle, but hopes are high that Washington's thorough evaluations can lead them to the correct signal-caller.

For some still around, they'll be sleeping a little little easier. With this in mind, here are five Commanders players who were lucky to survive Peters' initial roster cull. However, there's still time for that to change.

Dax Milne - Commanders WR/KR

A forgotten man on the Washington Commanders, Dax Milne remains on the books for now. The wide receiver and kick returner didn't see the field at all in 2023 due to injury. Considering how well Jamison Crowder performed in his absence - enough for Adam Peters to hand him a new deal - it's surprising to see the BYU product still around.

It's not costing much for the new staff to see what they have in Milne. With the prospect of additional wide receiver reinforcements arriving via the 2024 NFL Draft and Washington's decision to re-sign Kazmeir Allen, the former seventh-round selection's situation remains precarious despite getting an early reprieve from Peters.

Things aren't looking great, but Milne needs to take on this challenge with determination in pursuit of forcing his way into the Commanders' plans moving forward.