Commanders tried to claim ‘popular’ defensive lineman from waivers

The Washington Commanders roster for the offseason is nearing completion. The free agent veteran market is still alive and well, so more pickups and later releases are possible in the coming weeks.

Who knows? The longer Landon Collins remains unsigned, the more likely Washington will consider bringing him back on a cheaper deal. After all, Buffalo’s nickel role remains vacant and the linebacker rotation as a whole lacks any semblance of depth, so Collins’ return would be a sight for sore eyes.

Another group of personnel in need of reinforcements? The defensive line, whether it’s a defensive tackle or a defensive end. While Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Chase Young and Montez Sweat make up one of the toughest starting units in the NFL, the depth behind them doesn’t inspire much confidence.

Clearly aware of this, the commanders tried to claim three-year waivers from pro John Cominsky just for see him land with the Lionswhich had top priority.

While not a huge loss overall, it says a lot that ESPN’s Field Yates called Cominsky one of the most popular players he can “remember. ” on the derogations, because eight (!) teams would have tried to claim it.

The Commanders were reportedly one of eight teams that attempted to claim defensive lineman John Cominsky off waivers.

The Falcons’ 2019 fourth-round pick, Cominsky was expected to play an increased role next season after the edge rushers Dante Fowler releases and Jonathan Bullard before he was released in a surprise roster shakeup last week.

The 26-year-old will likely find it harder to carve snaps at Detroit, who just used the second pick on Aidan Hutchinson, so Washington is likely kicking themselves the Lions had top priority in the pecking order waivers.

Cominsky’s potential has yet to translate to the NFL. He was the 2019 Mountain East Conference Player of the Year in Charleston, West Virginia, and was therefore invited to the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine.

Despite Cominsky’s lack of production as a pro, Commanders could have used his versatility. In its last full season (2020), he played 397 snaps in total; 47 as a nose tackle, 160 as an outright defensive tackle, 137 lined up to an opposing tackle, and 144 lined up to the outside DL of an opposing tackle.

The addition of Cominsky would have given Washington some needed insurance on its defensive line, joining free agent pick-ups Efe Obada, James Smith-Williams and Daniel Wise as the team’s only reserve options who can occupy several positions in the front.

Could submitting a claim on Comsinky foreshadow future moves? If this situation arises, let’s hope their target isn’t as popular as the old Falcon, because it’s never fun to break waiver priority.

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