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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Dyami Brown - Commanders WR

The Washington Commanders haven't done much at the wide receiver position this offseason. They had plenty of cash to splash on one of the marquee names in free agency or via the trade market. Something many anticipated general manager Adam Peters doing after Curtis Samuel bolted for the Buffalo Bills.

Instead, Peters held firm. Olamide Zaccheaus was the only notable addition, but it remains to be seen if he can become anything more than a rotational piece based on how his NFL career's unfolded up to now. Perhaps more surprising was the fact Dyami Brown wasn't removed from the equation.

Brown's physical gifts and cheap contract have given him countless chances to stake a claim. Unfortunately, he's flattered to deceive almost constantly. Not even the presence of his former college quarterback Sam Howell under center in 2023 could see the pass-catcher provide an upturn in production.

The former third-round pick out of North Carolina was targeted just 23 times throughout the 2023 campaign. Brown brought in just 12 of those for 168 receiving yards and no touchdowns. This takes his yardage number over his first three NFL seasons in Washington to a (not so) whopping 476.

Teams around the league generally get a good sense of what a player is or could be at the end of their third season. Brown hasn't shown anything to suggest he'll be a prolific wideout. If Peters had cut this experiment short with one year remaining on his rookie deal, nobody would have complained too much.

Brown got a reprieve during Peters' vast roster changes to kick off his first offseason as the team's general manager. However, that might not be the case for much longer.

The Commanders are expected to capitalize on an outstanding crop of wide receivers emerging from the college ranks. This could push Brown onto the fringes and perhaps even off the roster entirely unless significant improvements arrive under offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.