The Commanders' reworked offense was just one of the many glaring differences in Sunday's season opener when comparing the team's performance to last season.
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"I devoted all my time throughout high school and college making sure I was ready for this moment," Commanders rookie wideout Jahan Dotson said. "I made a couple plays, but that's not all I can do. I'm ready to make even more plays for this team."
Antonio Gibson could tell the play was a winner in practice. One of two running backs split next to Carson Wentz, the 24-year-old would run free on a deep corner route -- thanks to the play-action fake to fellow back Jonathan Williams.
Whether or not the Orioles make the playoffs this season is, frankly, immaterial to the larger point. After four years of ignominy, the Orioles have finally put their rebuild in the past.
Maryland's offense returned to form last week in a 56-21 rout at Charlotte, but the defense wasn't as tight as coach Mike Locksley would have liked. He's hoping both sides can work in concert for the Terrapins before the schedule fully turns to the rough and tumble of the Big Ten.