Commanders News: Jabril Cox, Jack Del Rio, roster choices and Week 1 excitement

Exploring the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
Jabril Cox
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Jabril Cox's potential Commanders role

Although the Washington Commanders stood pat in terms of new additions for the most part after roster cuts, there was one opportunity they didn't waste. After seeing Jabril Cox was available, those in power convinced him to join the ranks over returning to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, where he was deemed surplus to requirements initially.

This could be a coup if Cox ends up playing a role on the defensive rotation in 2023. Considering he left an NFC East rival, one would suspect the second-level defender's been promised a roster spot once some familiarity with Jack Del Rio's scheme comes in the not-too-distant future,

When discussing Cox's arrival, head coach Ron Rivera stated via USA Today Sports that he's been on the Commanders' radar for a while. Looking at the linebacker's physical attributes, it's not hard to see why.

"Well, we remember the young man coming out at LSU. He’s a physical specimen, a young man that can run and can make an impact. And again, it’s one of those things that he’ll have to learn, he’ll have to grow, but he’s got the skillset that you’re looking for as far as that position is concerned. As I said, he’s a guy that we really did like coming out of the draft that year."

Ron Rivera via USA Today Sports

Adding to the linebacking corps is something the Commanders desperately needed looking at their current options. Once Cox becomes acclimatized to his new surroundings, the former fourth-round selection is likely to be elevated.