Washington Commanders Training Camp Battle Preview: Linebackers Top Of Mind

Washington Commanders Training Camp Battle Preview: Linebackers Top Of Mind
By Josh Markowitz
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

As the Washington Commanders get set to open training camp Tuesday in Ashburn, they are looking to build upon last seasonโ€™s 7-10 record. New quarterback Carson Wentz and first-round wide receiver Jahan Dotson headline a semi-revamped offense, while the defense returns 10 starters.  

However, even with this continuity, intrigue abounds for Virginia sports bettors at several key position groups. BetVirginia.com examined Google Trends in Washington D.C. and Virginia to determine which three training camp battles are generating the most local search traffic over the past month.  

As it stands, the linebacker, running back and cornerback rooms hold the most fan interest right now. 

Since the linebackers led the searches, BetVirginia.com gathered additional data on which players in that position group garnered the most online buzz.

As these position battles play out, remember that Virginia sportsbook promo codes are available via the top online operators.

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Most Searched Commanders Linebackers in DC/Virginia

๐Ÿˆ Jamin Davis42%
๐Ÿˆ Cole Holcomb 40%
๐Ÿˆ David Mayo 10%
๐Ÿˆ Khaleke Hudson4%
๐Ÿˆ Khaleke Hudson4%


Linebackers Lead The Way

The Commanders enter the season with long odds to win the NFC at FanDuel Sportsbook Virginia, currently at +3100. 

Facing an uphill battle, Washington expects to run more two linebacker base defensive looks this season. Cole Holcomb leads the unit and will call the signals again after finishing last year with 142 tackles, good for 10th in the league.  

Second-year man Jamin Davis looks to start opposite Holcomb as Washington hopes he takes a major leap playing more outside linebacker after an inconsistent rookie campaign.  

David Mayo and Khaleke Hudson profile as important special teamers and should back up Holcomb and Davis respectively, with Mayo also earning snaps in three backer situations.  

The team only kept four linebackers initially in 2021, so Milo Eifler appears to be a longshot to make the roster out of training camp.

Running Backs

The Commanders look to feature a deep backfield of players in well-defined roles. Third-year starter Antonio Gibson should continue to star as the feature back, though his workload may be reduced from last season when he finished fourth in the NFL in touches with 300.

Over at Caesars Sportsbook Virginia, Gibson is +1500 to finish the season with the most regular season rushing yards across the NFL.

Third-down back J.D. McKissic also returns after nearly departing for Buffalo in the offseason. Though McKissic will likely only earn a few carries a game, he is a critical part of the teamโ€™s passing game. His 123 receptions over the past two seasons are third among all running backs. 

Third-round draft pick Brian Robinson Jr. figures to get at least situational work and possibly more given the element of power he adds to the rotation, while Jaret Patterson remains on the team as well.

Cornerback

Washingtonโ€™s pass defense struggled in 2021, allowing the leagueโ€™s most touchdowns and fourth most yards through the air, but the Commanders made minimal changes to the cornerback group this offseason.  

Kendall Fuller and William Jackson III remain the starters on the outside while Benjamin St-Juste will transition inside to the slot after mostly appearing as a backup on the outside as a rookie.  All three players have displayed solid coverage traits at times and the team hopes another year in the system will alleviate last yearโ€™s issues. 

Danny Johnson and Corn Elder return as depth, while Washington added Christian Holmes in the seventh round and picked up two corners from the USFL earlier this month as well.

Super Bowl Odds

๐Ÿˆ Buffalo+600
๐Ÿˆ Tampa Bay+750
๐Ÿˆ Kansas City+900
๐Ÿˆ L.A. Rams+1100
๐Ÿˆ Green Bay+1200
๐Ÿˆ San Francisco+1400
๐Ÿˆ Dallas+1600
๐Ÿˆ Denver+1600
๐Ÿˆ L.A. Chargers+1600
๐Ÿˆ Baltimore+2000
๐Ÿˆ Cincinnati+2000
๐Ÿˆ T22 Washington+6600
Odds provided by BetMGM Sportsbook Virginia.

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Josh Markowitz is a freelance writer for BetVirginia.com. He is a lifelong sports fan with an emphasis on basketball, football, baseball and the scouting/evaluation process. A graduate of Elon University's School of Communications, Josh also has experience in television production.

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