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New-Look Washington Commanders Offense With The Addition Of Jayden Daniels

There was plenty of speculation over the last few weeks but as draft day got closer, the selection for the Washington Commanders became clear.

On Thursday night, Washington made it official and selected LSU QB Jayden Daniels with the second-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Commanders make Daniels another Heisman-winning quarterback taken second overall by the franchise, joining Robert Griffin III in 2012. These two have drawn many comparisons, not just because of Washington, but because of their similarities on the field.

Washington made plenty of moves this offseason and was extremely busy in free agency. Now, there is officially a quarterback for a franchise that has been starving for a franchise player.

Below, take a look at how the Commanders might look next season with Daniels taking over under center.

Commanders Projected Offensive Depth Chart

QB: Jayden Daniels

RB: Brian Robinson Jr.

RB: Austin Ekeler

WR1: Terry McLaurin

WR2: Jahan Dotson

SWR: Olamide Zaccheaus (For now)

TE: Zach Ertz

LT: Cornelius Lucas (For now)

LG: Nick Allegretti

C: Tyler Biadasz

RG: Sam Cosmi

RT: Andrew Wylie

What Are The Expectations?

For Washington, the expectations needs to be to develop Daniels and keep him healthy in year one.

The Commanders have completed the much-needed overhaul. Josh Harris purchased the Commanders and made an impact move when he brought in Adam Peters to be the new General Manager. This was one of many moves within the staff, including Dan Quinn as head coach. Quinn brought Joe Whitt with him from Dallas to be the defensive coordinator and hired Kliff Kingsbury to run the offense. First, the fit with Daniels and Kingsbury seems like a good one.

Let’s take a look at the team itself. There is plenty of talent for the Commanders but its previous regime was unable to use it appropriately. Brian Robinson Jr. returns in the backfield. Despite losing Antonio Gibson in free agency, Washington upgraded with the addition of Austin Ekeler. It also brought in Zach Ertz as a veteran player who can be a leader within the offense.

Daniels will not lack pass catchers and there is more work to do. Terry McLaurin is one of the league’s most underrated receivers, along with Jahan Dotson. The Commanders will likely add another receiver in the draft, or maybe Peters calls up his old friends in San Francisco for either Deebo Samuel or Brandon Aiyuk.

Along the offensive line, Washington added Pro Bowl center Tyler Biadasz and guard Nick Allegretti. The Commanders are still in search of a left tackle and this will likely come on day two of the NFL Draft.

It is a new era in Washington and the addition of Jayden Daniels made that official.


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