Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team got their options down to an initial 53-man roster?
Perhaps the most difficult day in the NFL calendar year became a thing of the past on Tuesday as teams around the league trimmed their rosters from 90 to an initial 53. The Washington Commanders made some tough calls along the way, with the addition of more new faces via the waiver wire something else that looks like a real possibility as those in power look to mold a contender this season.
It'll be fascinating to see what comes next. Until then, the topics generating column inches include Martin Mayhew's mindset, Ron Rivera's clarification, Brian Robinson Jr.'s resilience, and Mitchell Tinsley getting some deserved flowers from the coaching staff.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders GM's fluid situation
Getting down to an initial 53-man roster is only the first step, especially for those on the fringes. With hundreds of players hitting the waiver wire, the Washington Commanders could add to their options if influential figures feel like they can find an immediate contributor or improve depth at specific positions.
This was a sentiment shared by Commanders' general manager Martin Mayhew, who stated via USA Today Sports that they are always looking for ways to improve the squad. Something that bears special significance considering the amount of pressure on their shoulders with a new ownership group overseeing matters in 2023.
"Yeah, I would say very fluid process. I mean, our 53 right now is what it is now, but it’s an ongoing process. There’ll be a big waiver wire out tonight. Our pro department will be scouring that. We’ll be looking through that. We’re always trying to get better."- Martin Mayhew via USA Today Sports
One would expect to see a couple of waiver claims. Some reporters also expect the Commanders to bring back Alex Armah and Tyler Larsen - two trusted Ron Rivera associates from their time together on the Carolina Panthers.