Assessing Commanders 2024 depth chart after dramatic offseason

It's been an offseason of significant changes.
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In the NFL, roster turnover is common when a franchise changes leadership. Even so, the speed and the thoroughness with which Adam Peters has overhauled the Washington Commanders roster in early 2024 has been stunning. During his four months as general manager, the front-office supremo has already altered more than 50 percent of the playing personnel from the previous campaign.

Just astonishing.

Of the 91 players currently on the Commanders roster - including five 2024 draftees who have yet to formally sign - 47 of them have been acquired since Peters took control in January. The defense - a trainwreck in 2023 - is 55 percent new. The offense is just under 50% renovated, and even two out of the three specialists are embarking on their first seasons with Washington in 2024.

The newness is mind-boggling. All four quarterbacks are brand new to the team. Seven out of the eight linebackers (eight out of nine, if you count recent draftee Javontae Jean-Baptiste) are incomers this year. As are four of the six running backs.

By my count, only three positions - defensive tackle, wide receiver, and offensive line - have not seen at least a 50 percent change from the 2023 season.

Since 2022, 86 percent of the Commanders' roster has turned over. Just five players - Tress Way, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Jeremy Reaves, and Terry McLaurin - were with the club before the 2020 campaign.

Will it matter? We’ll begin finding out soon enough.

For now, let’s recap where the roster stands as we head into the summer. We’ll run through the current make-up position-by-position, and note upcoming important dates as Peters works to figure out which 53 players will represent the Commanders in 2024.

Commanders key dates

  • The Commanders held their rookie minicamp from May 10 through May 12.
  • Organized Team Activities (OTAs) will stretch out over nine days between May 14 and June 7.
  • Mandatory minicamp will be held from June 11 to June 13.
  • Training camp will begin sometime in late July.

In 2023, the Commanders announced the dates in early June and camp began on July 27. This year will probably follow a similar pattern, though Adam Peters’ former team, the San Francisco 49ers, didn’t announce their camp schedule until early July last year.

Their camp started a few days earlier than Washington’s, also in late July.

If the league sticks to last year’s schedule, the Commanders will have to cut their roster from a maximum of 90 training camp players to a final 53-man squad on Tuesday, August 27, two days after the final preseason game.