Commanders player grades through Week 2: Defense and Special Teams

It's been a roaring start from the Commanders defense in 2023.

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Kendall Fuller - Commanders CB

  • Player Grade: B+

Kendall Fuller is the Jonathan Allen of the Washington Commanders' defensive backs. It is a very young unit and he provides strong veteran leadership.

Benjamin St-Juste - Commanders CB

  • Player Grade: B+

Did Benjamin St-Juste commit pass interference on the two-point try against the Denver Broncos? I’ll plead the fifth.

It wasn’t called, and therefore it was a game-saving play. If he remains healthy, St-Juste will be just fine at the outside cornerback position.

Emmanuel Forbes - Commanders CB

  • Player Grade: B-

Pro Football Focus currently has Emmanuel Forbes rated as one of the worst corners in the NFL. I’m not sure what they are watching.

Forbes has been beaten a couple of times this season. But he also has the team’s lone interception through two weeks, leads the team in pass break-ups, and has shown a willingness to make tackles.

Of course, there will be some growing pains, but so far, Forbes has not disappointed.

Kamren Curl - Commanders S

  • Player Grade: A-

You would prefer to have a linebacker lead the team in tackles. But Washington – in part due to scheme and in part due to talent – will not have that.

Fortunately they have Kamren Curl to take on that role. Another dynamic player that the Commanders need to pay sooner rather than later.

Darrick Forrest - Commanders S

  • Player Grade: B-

I am not worried about Darrick Forrest yet. His play fell off a bit toward the end of last season, but I thought that was mostly attributable to Kamren Curl being in and out of the lineup.

Forrest hasn’t been much of a presence so far this season, which bears monitoring. Washington’s occasional lapses on big plays downfield have to be cleaned up and it starts with him.

Percy Butler - Commanders S

  • Player Grade: C

I don’t think Percy Butler is supposed to be playing as much as he is through two weeks. I assume that if and when Quan Martin is healthy, he will revert to special teams ace, with occasional packages on defense.

He is not a great player in space, which is a problem for someone who is being asked to cover deep zones. When he is playing defense, I want Butler to be attacking.