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Washington Commanders’ cornerback room ranks low in NFL

Washington Commanders’ cornerback room ranks low in NFL

Washington Commanders’ cornerback room ranks low in NFL

The Washington Commanders turned everything around this offseason. Under new ownership, the team now has a new general manager, a new coaching staff, and even a new roster.

Now, a complete team can’t go from a four-win team to a Super Bowl contender in one offseason (although the Houston Texans came very close to doing so with their seven-win jump last season). The Commanders have a long way to go in terms of roster construction, but they’re on the right track.

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Oct. 29, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) is tackled by Washington Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste (25) and cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

“The team lost safety Kamren Curl and cornerback Kendall Fuller and is hoping new head coach Dan Quinn can coach a secondary that doesn’t look great on paper.”

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Second overall pick and Heisman-winning quarterback Jayden Daniels figures to be a franchise player under center, and the team used the draft to bring surrounding talent into the DMV.

Clearly, the team did what it should have done after posting a 4-13 record: it got the least amount of production from the previous season. Still, as mentioned, building a roster takes time and there are bound to be gaps in the current iteration of the roster.

Pro Football Focus recently ranked all NFL secondaries and the Commanders ranked fairly low in the league. Washington’s secondary ranked No. 30 out of 32 teams, just ahead of the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.

“The highest-graded coverage player the Commanders have landed in 2023 is cornerback Jartavius ​​Martin, who posted a 58.8 grade. The team lost safety Kamren Curl and cornerback Kendall Fuller and is hoping new head coach Dan Quinn can coach a secondary that doesn’t look great on paper. They drafted cornerback Mike Sainristil out of Michigan and Michael Davis arrives from Los Angeles, but it’ll take some serious coaching to elevate this group,” Pro Football Focus wrote.

Last season, the Commanders allowed 4,627 passing yards and 39 touchdowns, both worst numbers in the league. While there were no obvious improvements at cornerback, rookie nickelback Mike Sainristil is the only bright spot at the position for the upcoming season.

Obviously, commanders can only tackle a certain number of issues within the organization at a time, so keep an eye on how the team improves the roster in that area in the future.

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