By Adam Aniba
Washington has avoided key injuries to their starters during training camp and the preseason, but find themselves down a defensive tackle heading into Week 1. Former 2nd round defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis goes to IR for the second consctuve season, but this time it's only short term IR and could be back in October.
A familiar face that should be considered for Washington is former Washington DT Matt Ioannidis. During his six-year career for the Skins, he recorded 23.5, 59 QB hits and 25 tackles for a loss.
It's expected that the Commanders will utilize more 5-man fronts this season and Ioannidis has the ability to line up inside and outside.
Last season Ioannidis started in 13 games for the Carolina Panthers recording 37 tackles, 1 sack, 9 QB, 5 pressures and 1 pass defended.
The former 5th round selection is familiar with Jack Del Rio's system and wouldn't take long to be brought up to speed.
Last season Ioannidis carried a $3.8M salary for the Panthers. Per Over The Cap the Commanders have $11.56M in available cap room and an incentive laden contract should lead to a modest salary for Ioannidis.
Defensive tackle John Ridgeway is expected to have a role in the rotation as well, but after ranking #5 in the NFL in pass rush win rate, adding a player with Ioannidis' ability should be on the table.