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Pre-Training Camp Lineup: Defense

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The Commanders still have a lot to figure out this training camp and there are some big positions still up for grabs.

Let‘s start with the defense and what I ultimately think it will look like (A.K.A. My Guess).

Rivera has been pushing the concept of 2-LB sets in conjunction with a 3-Safety look otherwise known as the “Buffalo Nickel”. Per Rivera’s own words the Commanders ran this 3-Safety look 53% of the time in 2021. That is very significant and means we will see a lot of that defense moving forward. With that being said. Here is what I expect a possible starting defense to look like:

Starters in Bold, backups in (“”””)

Defensive Line:

RDE: Chase Young (Ofe Obada, William Bradley-King)

DT: Jonathan Allen (Daniel Wise)

DT: Daron Payne (PhiDarian Mathis)

LDE: Montez Sweat (James Smith-Williams, Shaka Toney)


MLB: Cole Holcomb (David Mayo)

WLB: Jamin Davis (Khaleke Hudson)


RCB: Kendall Fuller (Corn Elder)

LCB: William Jackson III (Ben St. Juste)

Slot CB: Christian Holmes (Danny Johnson)


FS: Bobby McCain (Jeremy Reaves)

SS: Kamren Curl (Percy Butler)

Buffalo Nickel: Darrick Forest (Troy Apke)

This is shaping up to be an exciting training camp for the Commanders with many position battles and a lot of competition across the board.

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