Can Jahan Dotson become the Commanders' X-factor under Eric Bieniemy in 2023?

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Could Washington Commanders wide receiver Jahan Dotson become the team's X-factor under new offensive guru Eric Bieniemy during the 2023 season?

While it's been a relatively quiet offseason in terms of acquisitions for the Washington Commanders, one move stood out above all else. Convincing Eric Bieniemy to leave the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and become their assistant head coach/offensive coordinator was a major coup - one that's already had a positive impact on how things are being run across the organization.

Bieniemy's high standards, no-nonsense approach, and unrivaled enthusiasm are going down extremely well among the players so far. They know he's a winner and developed some exceptional talent over the years, so anyone not wanting a taste of that is probably in the wrong profession.

There are some concerns regarding the offense that cannot be dismissed despite Bieniemy's arrival. The offensive line revamp must produce the goods and there's also the small matter of how Sam Howell performs as the Commanders' starting quarterback to factor into the equation.

Commanders can expect big things from Jahan Dotson in 2023

No such doubts have risen regarding the skill positions. The Commanders are blessed with some true difference-makers in this area and Jahan Dotson could benefit more than most from a creative play-caller such as Bieniemy running the show.

The 2022 first-round pick looked the part despite a revolving door of quarterbacks last season. Dotson's route-running, explosiveness, and elusiveness were as advertised - something that led to 35 receptions for 523 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.

Bieniemy is pushing Dotson hard this offseason to unlock his true potential. Rather than wilt under pressure, the wideout is thriving with increased challenges.

When speaking about Bienemy recently, Dotson stated via Bobby Kownack from that the coach has changed the culture positively. The one-time Penn State stud is also eager to soak everything up from one of the most respected offensive figures anywhere in the league.

"I feel like he's brought culture to our team. He's brought a sense of energy, a sense of urgency. It's been really good just being able to learn from him and just get familiar with the things he wants us to do and the things we want to do."

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Dotson could emerge as the second receiving option behind Terry McLaurin in 2023. The Commanders also have Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown to call upon, so it's truly an embarrassment of riches for Bieniemy to utilize as he sees fit.

Couple this with a backfield tandem of Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson, and the Commanders have a potentially potent offense if Howell and the protection live up to their end of the bargain. One also couldn't dismiss the possibility of tight end Logan Thomas enjoying a career resurgence in Bieniemy's system.

Many are tipping Dotson to break out in 2023, and it's not hard to see why. The talent is obvious, his self-confidence couldn't be higher, and Bienemy is guaranteed to put such a dynamic playmaker in the best possible positions to thrive.

The signs couldn't be more positive for Dotson entering Year 2 of his professional career. Factors outside of his control might jeopardize improved numbers, but he can relax safe in the knowledge everything has been upgraded this offseason - the play-caller especially.