By Adam Aniba
Washington will be without rookie receiver Jahan Dotson for the next 1-2 games. Although the offense has struggled this season, the rookie leads the team with 4 TDs on 12 catches. McLaurin and Samuel will have to pick up the slack with the third member of their trio ailing.
Second year receiver Dyami Brown, will get the opportunity to help fill the void vs the Titans this Sunday. After seeing zero targets during the first 3 games, Brown had 4 targets against Dallas with 1 reception for 6 yards, after Dotson went down. Brown needs to show coaches they made the right decision by drafting him in the 3rd round in '21.
During his time at UNC, Brown was Sam Howell's deep threat with back-to-back 1,000+ yard receiving seasons, primarily utilized on go routes. The former Tar Heel receiver also had 20 touchdowns as the team's primary deep threat, during his time at Chapel Hill. His 20.0 yards receiving per game, displayed his big play ability.
Unfortunately his first season in Washington wasn't very promising, only recording 12 rec 165 yards and zero touchdowns (15 games active). His ability to go over the middle and expose himself to contact, is unproven thus far. Although Brown has displayed the long speed to win one-on-ones, doing it on the highest level is another beast altogether.
Washington faces the leagues 28th ranked passing defense this Sunday vs the Titans, who have given up 274 passing yards on average per game. This is an ideal matchup for the Commanders receivers, but Wentz getting enough time to see the field is another story.
With Tennessee's defense focused on ratling Wentz, as the Eagles and Cowboys did, the second year receiver from UNC will have to prove his value in the short/intermediate receiving game and display toughness going over the middle.
Brown might not get many more opportunities to be featured in 3-receiver sets with Washington and needs to make the most of the opportunity or this could be his last season in the Burgundy & Gold.
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