5 vulnerable Commanders starters who could lose their spots in 2024

These Commanders have to start the 2024 season well.
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Andrew Wylie - Commanders OT

The Washington Commanders are taking a big risk with their offensive tackle positions in 2024. Adam Peters opted to make minimal changes to the playing personnel after releasing veteran Charles Leno Jr. Only third-round pick Brandon Coleman came into the fold, and he's seen more as a project rather than someone who could man blindside responsibilities from Week 1.

Those in power seem confident that Andrew Wylie can bounce back from an inconsistent first season with the franchise. Big things were expected of the right tackle after his contribution to the Kansas City Chiefs' memorable Super Bowl triumph. He had some nice moments, but the pressures and sacks conceded were nowhere near good enough.

It didn't make much financial sense to remove Wylie from the equation this offseason. But considering the resources at Washington's disposal, not bringing in any legitimate competition for his starting spot was a strange move by Peters. Hopefully, it doesn't blow up in his face.

Much like the situation at cornerback, the Commanders' tackle tandem could become a weak link if things don't mesh quickly. That's the last thing Jayden Daniels needs as the rookie quarterback looks to take the NFL by storm right out of the gate.

Wylie will get the job in Week 1 unless there's a drastic shift in course. However, the leash should be short.

The Commanders can't afford to have any passengers on their journey into contention. If those in power don't like what they see from Wylie, he'll be replaced. Probably by someone not currently on Washington's roster depending on which edge protectors become available.

Many believe Wylie was scapegoated last season and wasn't as bad as the consensus thought performance-wise. That might be true, but his production certainly wasn't good enough to get a free pass and keep his job if more inconsistencies creep into his game.