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  Commanders | Carson Wentz impressing    Tue Jun 28, 10:31 AM

Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz impressed the team with a strong arm, his worth ethics and his cognitive abilities. 'There's a lot of different things he's capable of doing,' offensive coordinator Scott Turner said. 'Obviously a very skilled player. You see him out at practice, he's a big, physical guy. He can really push the ball down the field.'

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  Commanders | Washington wraps up deals with two rookies    Tue Jun 21, 04:57 PM

Second-round draft choice DT Phidarian Mathis (Alabama) and fourth-round draft choice DB Percy Butler (Louisiana) signed four-year contracts with the Washington Commanders on Tuesday, June 21. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

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  Commanders | Logan Thomas could open season on IR    Tue Jun 21, 04:03 PM

Washington Commanders TE Logan Thomas (knee) might begin the season on the Reserve/Injured list, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.

Footballguys view: Short-term IR could be the best for Thomas this season. That would knock him out at least the first four games of the regular season. Without Thomas, the Commanders would turn to second-year pro John Bates as the top pass-catching tight end.

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  Commanders | Chase Roullier aiming for training camp    Sun Jun 19, 07:20 PM

Washington Commanders C Chase Roullier (leg) is hoping to return to the practice field from a fractured left fibula suffered in 2021 sometime during training camp.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin contract talks intensifying    Sun Jun 19, 05:13 PM

The Washington Commanders have 'intensified their efforts' in contract talks with WR Terry McLaurin, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported on Thursday, June 16. 'I'm told that Washington has intensified their efforts to try to get a long-term deal done with him,' Fowler said. 'He sat out minicamp. That sort of sparked more talks. They've sort of been upping their proposals... Nothing imminent yet, but this could get done even this week. Definitely before training camp is Washington's plan.' Fowler also noted that the Commanders 'value this guy in a big way.'

Footballguys view: Washington does business a certain way, and looking to the past shows you that something will be done in late July. Expect to see McLaurin compensated as one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league before the start of training camp.

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  Commanders | Jahan Dotson 'a legit weapon'    Fri Jun 17, 12:46 PM

Washington Commanders WR Jahan Dotson was dubbed 'a legit weapon' by Zach Selby of Commanders.com. 'There's no other way to say it: Jahan Dotson has been electric this offseason. From the first time he stepped on the field during rookie minicamp, Dotson has been one of the Commanders' best offensive players,' Selby said.

Footballguys view: Dotson should move ahead of Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown on the wide receiver depth chart if he can keep this up. With Terry McLaurin and the team still looking for a middle ground in contract negotiations, it's not difficult to picture Dotson as the team's #1 receiver in 2023 unless the Commanders are willing to use the franchise tag on McLaurin.

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  Commanders | Ron Rivera fined    Fri Jun 17, 10:49 AM

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera was fined $100,000 Friday, June 17, due to excessive contact in practice drills. Washington loses two 2023 organized team activities practices.

Footballguys view: These practices aren't even in pads, so it's difficult to understand how the Commanders transgressed the league rules. Some teams cancel OTA practice sessions when things are going well, so the punishment might not amount to much, but it does put the rest of the league on notice that the rules will be enforced.

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  Commanders | Charles Leno sidelined Wednesday    Thu Jun 16, 08:44 PM

Washington Commanders OT Charles Leno Jr. (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 15, because of an undisclosed injury. Leno left practice early Tuesday, June 14, because of the injury.

Footballguys view: Ron Rivera said he wasn't concerned about the injury. Just in case it is more serious than Rivera is letting on, Cornelius Lucas is an experienced and solid swing tackle. Chances are this was just a minor bump and nothing to worry about, although we'll be watching the Commanders offensive line in camp as they adjust to live without Brandon Scherff, who signed with Jacksonville in free agency.

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  Commanders | Chase Young likely starting camp on PUP    Wed Jun 15, 05:16 PM

Washington Commanders DE Chase Young (knee) probably will start training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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  Commanders | WAS not trading Terry McLaurin    Wed Jun 15, 12:06 PM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin will not be traded, according to head coach Ron Rivera. McLaurin and the Commanders are reportedly 'far apart' in contract talks, but Rivera did say he believes negotiations are 'headed in the right direction.'

Footballguys view: McLaurin is sitting out mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new deal, and we don't see the Commanders trading him away. He's the best receiver on the roster and one of the best in the league - so he should be compensated as such. The Commanders are likely to get something done with McLaurin right before the start of training camp in late July.

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  Commanders | Two free agents join Washington    Tue Jun 14, 01:48 PM

Free-agent DT Justin Hamilton and OT Willie Beavers signed undisclosed contracts with the Washington Commanders on Tuesday, June 14.

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  Commanders | Logan Thomas hopes for Week 1 return    Tue Jun 14, 11:15 AM

Washington Commanders TE Logan Thomas (knee) is hopeful to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season after tearing his ACL, MCL, and meniscus during the 2021 campaign.

Footballguys view: It's a huge injury to return from, and Thomas is trying to come back from this injury that he suffered last December. If he's not ready, the Commanders have John Bates as their top pass-catching tight end.

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  Commanders | Washington moves on from two    Mon Jun 13, 02:46 PM

Washington Commanders DB Will Adams and PK Brian X. Johnson were waived Monday, June 13.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin sitting out    Mon Jun 13, 10:41 AM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin will sit out of mandatory minicamp this week as he seeks a new contract.

Footballguys view: McLaurin is going to be one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league in the near future. Based on how Washington has done business in the past, a new contract for McLaurin could come in late July.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin, Washington 'Far Apart'    Sun Jun 12, 02:33 PM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin and the team are still 'far apart' in negotiations on a new contract, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post. She also reported that McLaurin 'seems unlikely to show for minicamp.'

Footballguys view: McLaurin will be due at least 20 million a year next year in free agency. If Washington isn't willing to pay that, they should consider going the route of Kansas City and Tennessee and trading their star receiver instead of eventually watching him leave with only compensatory third round pick to show for it after they sign for market value elsewhere.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin expected at minicamp    Fri Jun 10, 08:12 PM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin has skipped the voluntary workouts this offseason, but head coach Ron Rivera said he expects McLaurin to report for the mandatory minicamp next week.

Footballguys view: McLaurin is not going to miss mandatory work. Or, we should say, he's unlikely to miss mandatory minicamp as he waits for a new contract from the Commanders. Based on how they've handled business in the past, expect something to be done with McLaurin in late July. He should get a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL.

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  Commanders | No practice for Antonio Gibson    Wed Jun 8, 05:00 PM

Washington Commanders RB Antonio Gibson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 8, because of a hamstring issue.

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  Commanders | Curtis Samuel misses practice    Wed Jun 8, 04:54 PM

Washington Commanders WR Curtis Samuel (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 8, because of soreness. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team is being cautious with Samuel.

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  Commanders | Curtis Samuel will do it all    Thu Jun 2, 09:59 PM

Washington Commanders WR Curtis Samuel 'can play everywhere' in the offense, according to offensive coordinator Scott Turner said. 'We did some of that stuff last year in the limited time he was on the field,' Turner said.

Footballguys view: Samuel is there as the no.3 receiver with the ability to thrive after the catch. From a fantasy perspective there may not be much there for Samuel behind WRs Terry McLaurin and rookie Jahan Dotson.

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  Commanders | Two DEs report for workouts    Wed Jun 1, 03:54 PM

Washington Commanders DE Chase Young (knee) and DE Montez Sweat are present for the voluntary workouts this week. Young is not participating in workouts because of he is still recovering from injury.

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  Commanders | Chase Young not with team    Wed May 25, 07:11 PM

Washington Commanders DE Chase Young (knee) is not participating in offseason workouts this week, but head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Young to report in the next few weeks. Young has been rehabbing his torn anterior cruciate ligament away from the team.

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  Commanders | WAS to deploy RB by committee    Wed May 25, 01:29 PM

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera says the team plans on deploying a running back by committee in 2022. 'Well, I think for the most part, it's going to be by committee. Some of the things that we did in Carolina we're trying to emulate, you know, we had a good two-back system,' Rivera said. 'So just feel that, you know, it's one of those things that you're going to go with, who's hot, who's rolling, you know, who's doing the good things.'

Footballguys view: For those who have been playing fantasy football long enough, this is just like Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams under Rivera with the Panthers years ago. Oh yeah, JD McKissic is there to work as a change-of-pace back as well - so this is a three-headed RBBC. Commanders RB Antonio Gibson is expected to see high volume, but his usage could vary on a weekly basis. Behind him, McKissic gets third down work and rookie RB Brian Robinson could soften up defenses between the tackles.

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  Commanders | Curtis Samuel 100 percent healthy    Wed May 25, 12:08 PM

Washington Commanders WR Curtis Samuel said he's 100 percent healthy when asked recently. 'Oh no, I am great,' Samuel replied. 'I'm great. Y'all seen me flying around out there.'

Footballguys view: Samuel's first season in Washington was a disaster as he only appeared in five games and caught a mere six passes for 27 yards. Terry McLaurin is their top wideout, with rookie first-round pick Jahan Dotson likely earning the no.2 spot. That leaves Samuel the no.3 role for the team if he can stay healthy.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin extension inevitable?    Tue May 24, 11:36 PM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin and the team agreeing to a contract extension seems like it's inevitable based on the words of head coach Ron Rivera on Tuesday, May 24. 'We've had communications with [McLaurin's representatives],' Rivera said. 'We've been working with them. It's just a matter of time.'

Footballguys view: This has been the consistent drumbeat this offseason. Washington wants to sign McLaurin to a big-money deal - at the right time. If this follows what other contract situations with the Commanders have done in the past, McLaurin should get his deal right before the start of training camp in late July.

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  Commanders | Antonio Gibson's usage to vary weekly?    Tue May 24, 12:07 PM

Washington Commanders RB Antonio Gibson is expected to see high volume, but his usage could vary on a weekly basis, in the opinion of ESPN's John Keim. 'But more teams are using multiple backs to split the workload and incorporate more sub packages. That's why Washington wanted [Brian] Robinson. And it's why Gibson's touches should remain high (he ranked fourth in the NFL with 300 last season), though his usage could vary weekly.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy GMs need to take note here. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera likened Gibson and Robinson to the Panthers former backfield of D'Angelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Add in J.D. McKissic as their pass-catching back and you can see how things will be complex in the Washington backfield. Gibson is an RB2 with upside, Robinson has flex appeal and McKissic has PPR 'what the heck' flex appeal in what should be one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin skipping workouts    Mon May 23, 10:43 PM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, May 23, according to sources.

Footballguys view: No surprise here really. McLaurin is waiting for a new big-money contract, and the team wants to get something done. However, in their team history any sort of contracts done like McLaurin's usually are wrapped up right before training camp. We'll see if McLaurin participates in mandatory workouts next month.

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  Commanders | Washington brings Aaron Monteiro aboard    Mon May 23, 03:55 PM

Free-agent OT Aaron Monteiro (Panthers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Washington Commanders on Monday, May 23.

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  Commanders | Big Money Deal Coming for WR McLaurin    Sun May 22, 02:51 PM

Jeremy Fowler, from ESPN.com, reports the Washington Commanders have been somewhat reserved in free agent spending this offseason as they budget for a big-money deal for WR Terry McLaurin.

Footballguys view: Washington has been talking about this for some time...and McLaurin has been patiently waiting. He certainly is going to be one of the highest-paid wide receivers when a contract is finally done. Most around the team feel like McLaurin could get that big payday sometime in late July - right near the start of training camp.

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  Commanders | Jahan Dotson contract update    Thu May 19, 02:05 PM

Updating a previous report, Washington Commanders first-round draft choice WR Jahan Dotson signed a four-year contract worth $15.048 million on Wednesday, May 18. The deal includes a fifth-year team option and a signing bonus of $8.124 million.

Footballguys view: Dotson makes defenders look silly in the open field with his quickness. He has moves on top of moves when he's toting the rock. Dotson is undersized, but he's got strong hands and can make difficult catches seem routine. Washington needed another threat at the wide receiver position opposite of Terry McLaurin, and Dotson will get plenty of single coverage he can take advantage of.

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  Commanders | More on Drew Himmelman's release    Wed May 18, 06:24 PM

Updating a previous report, Washington Commanders OT Drew Himmelman was released Wednesday, May 18, with a failed physical designation.

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  Commanders | Brian Robinson signs contract    Wed May 18, 05:48 PM

Washington Commanders third-round draft choice RB Brian Robinson Jr. signed four-year contract with the Commanders Wednesday, May 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Robinson has the ability to carry a large workload if asked. He was a one-year starter at Alabama, and Robinson had to patiently wait for his turn. Thus, he's got low miles on his tires and could be a better pro than he was a collegian. As a runner, Robinson is a one-cut downhill guy with intent. He's a better receiver than some give him credit for, so Robinson has three-down ability. He will begin his pro career as a backup to Antonio Gibson and could rotate in for some work as a reserve.

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  Commanders | Drew Himmelman cut    Wed May 18, 05:11 PM

Washington Commanders OT Drew Himmelman was released Wednesday, May 18.

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  Commanders | Jahan Dotson signs rookie deal    Wed May 18, 03:50 PM

Washington Commanders first-round draft choice WR Jahan Dotson signed a four-year contract with the Commanders Wednesday, May 18, worth around $15.05 million, according to a source. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

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  Commanders | Drew Himmelman joins Washington    Mon May 16, 05:36 PM

Former Denver Broncos OT Drew Himmelman was claimed off waivers by the Washington Commanders Monday, May 16. The team also released OG Zack Bailey.

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  Commanders | Washington makes change to roster    Mon May 16, 05:23 PM

Undrafted free-agent CB Nijuel Hill (Delaware) signed with the Washington Commanders Monday, May 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released LB Jordan Kunaszyk.

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  Commanders | Bryce Notree signs with Commanders    Mon May 16, 09:01 AM

Undrafted free-agent LB Bryce Notree (Southern Illinois) signed a three-year deal with the Washington Commanders Monday, May 16. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin not close to extension    Sat May 14, 11:08 AM

Negotiations on a contract extension between the Washington Commanders and WR Terry McLaurin 'haven't really started,' according to SI.com's Albert Breer.

Footballguys view: With the way that wide receivers are getting paid, McLaurin will be in line to be one of the highest-paid at his position when a new deal is done. With the way Washington does business, those around the team say that late July is the expected timetable for a deal like McLaurin's to get done. Stay tuned.

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  Commanders | Will Adams joins Washington    Fri May 13, 06:01 PM

Undrafted free-agent S Will Adams (Virginia State) signed with the Washington Commandeers Friday, May 13. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived CB De'Vante Cross.

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  Commanders | Chase Young optimistic about opener    Tue May 10, 07:28 PM

Washington Commanders DE Chase Young (knee) said he believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  Commanders | Curtis Samuel feeling healthy again    Tue May 10, 04:15 PM

Washington Commanders WR Curtis Samuel has been 'really good' in the offseason program so far, according to offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Head coach Ron Rivera also noted that Samuel is 'looking really good, moving around really well' after being limited to only five games last season.

Footballguys view: Samuel was only able to appear in five games last year for Washington, finishing his first year with the team with only six catches for 27 yards. With the addition of WR Jahan Dotson (Penn State) in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft, Samuel moves further down the pecking order. Samuel is the no.3 receiver on the depth chart and is not on the fantasy radar for 2022 unless injuries strike above him.

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  Commanders | Chris Paul wraps up rookie deal    Tue May 10, 01:56 PM

Seventh-round draft pick OG Chris Paul (Tulsa) signed a four-year contract worth $3.764 million with the Washington Commanders on Tuesday, May 10. The deal includes a signing bonus of $104,448.

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  Commanders | Early praise for Sam Howell    Sun May 8, 10:22 PM

Washington Commanders QB Sam Howell received compliments about his footwork during rookie minicamp from head coach Ron Rivera.

Footballguys view: Sam Howell had buzz as a potential Round 1 pick during the pre-draft process. Howell ended up sagging in the draft even more than Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, and Matt Corral, who all went in Round 3. Howell has a thick build and rushing upside. The first order of business is winning the backup job from incumbent Taylor Heinicke.

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  Commanders | Cole Holcomb to man the middle?    Sat May 7, 11:33 PM

Washington Commanders LB Cole Holcomb will have the opportunity to play middle linebacker, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

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  Commanders | Jahan Dotson to be busy?    Fri May 6, 10:07 PM

Washington Commanders WR Jahan Dotson has the skills to be a 'high-usage' receiver, according to head coach Ron Rivera, and Rivera said he has 'zero questions' about Dotson's game.

Footballguys view: Jahan Dotson was the Round 1 selection for Washington, a passing game with multiple changing pieces from last season with Carson Wentz the new quarterback and Dotson a notable draft pick. Dotson is quarterback friendly with his smooth route-running and ball skills beyond his undersized frame. Terry McLaurin has yet to take the next step as an unquestioned WR1 in the NFL and for fantasy, leaving the door open for Dotson to surge to prominence early. The Washington offense will hinge on Carson Wentz fueling weapons like Dotson in 2022.

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  Commanders | Four Day 3 selections sign with Washington    Fri May 6, 04:04 PM

Fifth-round draft picks TE Cole Turner (Nevada) and QB Sam Howell (North Carolina) as well as seventh-round draft picks DB Christian Holmes (Oklahoma State) and OT Chris Paul (Tulsa) signed their four-year rookie contracts with the Washington Commanders on Friday, May 6. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: Cole Turner offers both tight end and wide receiver utility for Washington, depending on their developmental preference with the Nevada product. Sam Howell fell all the way to Round 5 of the draft and will battle Taylor Heinicke for backup duties to Carson Wentz this season.

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  Commanders | Cole Turner more of a big WR?    Thu May 5, 02:14 PM

Washington Commanders TE Cole Turner has the potential to be used more as a big wide receiver in the passing game rather than a traditional tight end, a league source told JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. Turner was a fifth-round pick by the Commanders in the 2022 NFL draft.

Footballguys view: Turner was a wide receiver for the first two years in college at Nevada. He transitioned to tight end in 2020 and was first team All Mountain West. Turner is a big-bodied target with good ball skills and body control. We'll monitor him in dynasty formats because Turner has the skill to be a weapon in the pros if he plays up to his potential.

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  Commanders | Brian Robinson Jr. primed for big role?    Thu May 5, 01:18 PM

Washington Commanders RBs Brian Robinson Jr. was chosen in the 2022 NFL Draft with an eye on pairing him with Antonio Gibson in the same kind of way head coach Ron Rivera utilized DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart with the Carolina Panthers from 2011-14.

Footballguys view: Ah, yes...the old Williams/Stewart RBBC which confounded Fantasy GMs for years could now be back in play for Rivera again. We all know how Gibson can work well as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. The Commanders could give Robinson some work to spell Gibson - or they could give him 40 percent of the work. We'll see how this shakes out in the preseason, but know that Robinson is a hungry downfield runner who can pick up yards after contact regularly.

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  Commanders | WAS taking long-term approach with Sam Howell?    Wed May 4, 04:48 PM

Washington Commanders QB Sam Howell is likely to have more time to develop his game before being thrust into action as the team takes a more long-term approach, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'We told him, 'hey look, this is an opportunity to come in, no pressure to play right away so you can develop and grow. And who knows, down the line at some point, you're going to get that opportunity. But right now, we feel very good with Carson [Wentz] and very good with Taylor [Heinicke] as our two quarterbacks,' said Rivera on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, May 3.

Footballguys view: Howell doesn't need to be rushed into the lineup, and that's great for the rookie who seemed like one of the best quarterbacks in college football before a down 2021 season for the Tarheels. We'll see him work and develop behind Commanders starter Carson Wentz in 2022.

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  Commanders | Alex Erickson signs with WAS    Wed May 4, 01:01 PM

Free-agent WR Alex Erickson (Panthers) signed a contract with the Washington Commanders on Wednesday, May 4. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Commanders | Washington excited by Cole Turner     Tue May 3, 11:40 PM

Washington Commanders TE Cole Turner is a 'very intriguing' player, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'This is a dynamic pass catcher,' Rivera said. 'He's played in a spread-style offense. He's a guy that's a big target, he's got a tremendous catch radius, runs good routes and knows how to separate at the right time.'

Footballguys view: There's a lot to be excited about when it comes to Turner. He's a big target (6-feet, 7-inches) who does a lot of work in the red zone. Turner knows how to get open and uses his frame to box out smaller defenders. The rookie from Nevada will begin his pro career behind Logan Thomas, but he could rise up the depth chart quickly if Thomas gets banged up again. There is no doubt that Turner has the upside to be a starter in the league someday.

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