Scenarios for every Washington Commanders wide receiver in 2023

The Washington Commandes will be counting heavily on their wideout room in 2023.

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Jahan Dotson - Commanders WR

  • Height: 5-foot-11

The Washington Commanders are expecting big things from the 2022 first-round draft pick. Jahan Dotson was productive as a rookie, and he should only improve with a more creative offense and a stronger arm at quarterback.

BEST: Being better than Chris Olave, the receiver they could have had last year. Maybe not in total catches – but close in yards and better with touchdowns.

WORST: Being worse than Chris Olave.

REALISTIC: Being the same as Chris Olave. Not a bad thing whatsoever.

Curtis Samuel - Commanders WR

  • Height: 5-foot-11

Curtis Samuel is signed through 2023 and he will be 27 years old when the season begins. No one will be more motivated to perform. He is playing for what will likely be his last big contract.

BEST: Replicating his final two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, securing 1,000 yards combined receiving and rushing.

WORST: Samuel, like Dotson, has a floor that is only worrisome because of the inexperienced Commanders quarterback. His receiving floor is 35 catches for 450 yards and no touchdowns.

That would be disappointing, but the even worse scenario would be if the Commanders cannot unlock his rushing ability. Samuel shouldn’t be running a lot but his yards per carry should be hovering around six. If it’s under five again, that’s a problem.

REALISTIC: I suspect Dotson will emerge as the Commanders' clear second receiving option this year, and that Eric Bieniemy will spread the ball around to a lot of other pass catchers the way he did in Kansas City. That will hurt Samuel's totals – to the tune of 45 catches - but the yardage and touchdown numbers should be strong. 600 yards, 4 scores receiving, and another rushing.