Washington Commanders
Washington Commanders
NFC East | 7-10-0
Rank: 24th
Avg Yds
Rank: 20th
Avg PYds
Rank: 22nd
Avg RYds
Rank: 10th
Posted 8/02/2022 12:46 am GMT
Washington Commanders WR Curtis Samuel (undisclosed) works on the sidelines during practice Monday, Aug. 1, because head coach Ron Rivera said the team has some concerns about Samuel's conditioning.
Huddle Up: Samuel struggled with injuries last season, so the team likely will be cautious with him during camp. He should see a handful of touches each game if he is healthy and may only be a late round option in some leagues.
Posted 7/29/2022 4:19 pm GMT
Washington Commanders WR Jahan Dotson has carried the momentum of a strong spring into training camp, according to ESPN's John Keim.
Huddle Up: A first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, Dotson has been one of the stars of Commanders camp since the spring. He will have to deal with sharing targets with Terry McLaurin, but if this drum beat continues, Dotson may be appealing as a WR3 with some upside.
Posted 7/29/2022 12:46 pm GMT
Washington Commanders DE Chase Young (knee) is expected to miss a "little bit of time" when the regular season starts, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Young had just 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks in nine games last season, and it sounds like he may miss a month or so from his Week 10 ACL tear. Draft him late if you have an IR spot to stash him on, but he may not get back to DL1 form until the second half of the season.
Posted 7/28/2022 12:39 am GMT
Washington Commanders RB Antonio Gibson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, July 27, because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Ron Rivera said Gibson's absence was precautionary and that his injury is considered minor.
Huddle Up: Washington can take things slow with Gibson since he probably will not play much in the preseason. He will continue to receive a majority of the snaps at running back this season and can be a No. 2 back in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/27/2022 4:04 am GMT
Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin says he and QB Carson Wentz are "starting to build [a] really, really good personal relationship."
Huddle Up: Chemistry is among the most vital components of a good quarterback-wide receiver relationship and it appears the pair are moving in a good direction. McLaurin is just waiting to be unleashed with a good quarterback, something he has never had in his career. If Wentz, who has question marks of his own, turns out to be that guy, McLaurin has the potential to go from a high-end WR2 to an elite WR1 in 2022.
Posted 7/26/2022 11:44 pm GMT
Washington Commanders TE Logan Thomas (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Thomas is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and it is not known when he will be cleared to return to the field. Fantasy players can monitor the situation during training camp but may want to look for other options during drafts.
Posted 6/29/2022 12:56 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin received $34.6 million fully guaranteed at signing and another $12.5 million guaranteed in March 2023. The total guarantee is $53.154 million with a $28 million signing bonus. He has roster bonuses at the start of each year and $250,000 escalators each year except the final year based on Pro Bowl appearances.
Huddle Up: McLaurin was 25th in PPR points last season with a 77-1,053-5 line. There is a lot of room to grow from that, but he'll need Carson Wentz to be better than the makeshift QB situations he has had. He's a WR2 with WR1 potential in fantasy.
Posted 6/29/2022 3:15 am GMT
Washington Commanders WR Dyami Brown is showing more confidence going into Year 2, wide receivers coach Drew Terrell revealed. "This year, he's come in with a complete different confidence," Terrell said. "He knows he can play at this level. He knows he can be a big-time play threat. He knows he can go out there and beat pro bowl corners one-on-one."
Huddle Up: After a disappointing first season, the 2021 third-round pick will look to establish a role in 2022, but he has a lot of competition for snaps and targets with Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson in the mix. Brown remains a bench stash in dynasty formats but isn't a viable option in re-draft leagues until he shows us something.
Posted 6/28/2022 6:55 pm GMT
Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth up to $71 million in new money Tuesday, June 28. The deal reportedly includes a $28 million signing bonus - the largest amount ever given to a receiver - according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: With this reported extension, the Commanders have taken care of their biggest potential on-field issue and secured one of the game's best receivers through the end of the 2025 season. While Carson Wentz is hardly an ideal solution at quarterback, he likely represents the best quarterback McLaurin has had entering his fourth season in Washington. McLaurin should be treated as a top-20 fantasy receiver who could legitimately finish inside the top 10 if Wentz plays up to his potential in 2022.
Posted 6/28/2022 2:31 pm GMT
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."
Huddle Up: Wentz is a QB2 in fantasy without a lot of upside to be much more.
Posted 6/21/2022 8:03 pm GMT
Washington Commanders TE Logan Thomas (knee) might begin the season on the Reserve/Injured list, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.
Huddle Up: Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters he was "hopeful" of a Week 1 return for Thomas, but Thomas did a lot of damage to his knee (tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus) late last season. It would be a shock if he can return to the field and play a high number of snaps in Week 1, to say the least. If Thomas begins the season on IR, he would be out through Week 5. His absence would likely be good news for John Bates, who filled in nicely at the end of his rookie campaign.
Posted 6/17/2022 4:46 pm GMT
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.
Huddle Up: As WR Terry McLaurin continues his contract holdout, the rookie first-round pick has taken advantage of the extra reps. Everything in the spring should be taken with a grain of salt, but if Dotson continues working with this momentum in training camp, he could emerge as a solid WR3 with weekly upside depending on McLaurin's situation.
Posted 6/15/2022 4:06 pm GMT
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." McLaurin is sitting out mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new deal.
Huddle Up: While we'd love to see McLaurin with a better signal-caller, it appears he's staying put for now. McLaurin is a rock-solid WR2 with WR1 upside if Washington can get better quarterback play out of Carson Wentz.
Posted 6/14/2022 3:15 pm GMT
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.
Huddle Up: Thomas will be missing valuable time to build chemistry with new starting QB Carson Wentz as he rehabs the knee. Should Thomas miss time during the regular season, it is likely that second-year TE John Bates would be his replacement.
Posted 6/13/2022 2:41 pm GMT
Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin will sit out of mandatory minicamp this week as he seeks a new contract.
Huddle Up: McLaurin will be missing repetitions with new quarterback Carson Wentz. That will hurt a bit, but he was a WR2 in the QB carousel last year and should be viewed the same this year.
Posted 6/12/2022 6:33 pm GMT
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."
Huddle Up: McLaurin has been away from the team during voluntary OTAs, but he will have to show up for mandatory minicamp in order to avoid a fine. Hopefully, the contract issues get resolved soon as McLaurin is a WR2 with upside when he's on the field.
Posted 6/11/2022 12:12 am GMT
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.
Huddle Up: McLaurin is looking for a new contract but probably will be with the team next week. He will be the focal point in the passing game for Washington again this season and can be a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/08/2022 9:00 pm GMT
Washington Commanders RB Antonio Gibson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 8, because of a hamstring issue.
Huddle Up: Gibson should be fine for training camp and will continue to receive most of the work at running back this upcoming season. He can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/08/2022 8:54 pm GMT
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.
Huddle Up: Samuel struggled with injuries last season, so he may not be on the field again until training camp. He can be a good slot receiver for Washington if he can stay healthy and could be a late round option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/03/2022 1:59 am GMT
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.
Huddle Up: Samuel's first season with Washington was ruined by injuries, but in 2020, he topped 1,000 total yards while being used as a runner and receiver by Carolina. If the Commanders are committed to utilizing his versatility, he could be a sneaky WR3.
Posted 5/25/2022 5:29 pm GMT
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."
Huddle Up: Running back by committee is a dirty phrase in fantasy circles. The addition of 2022 third-round pick Brian Robinson Jr. could make this a three-man situation in Washington, but for now we expect Antonio Gibson to remain as the lead back, with J.D. McKissic mixing in for some carries and passing-down work. Robinson isn't a viable fantasy option right now but should be considered in the middle to late rounds of dynasty rookie drafts. Gibson enters 2022 as an RB2, while McKissic is an RB3 who could produce RB2 numbers some weeks in points-per-reception formats.
Posted 5/25/2022 4:08 pm GMT
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."
Huddle Up: Samuel's first season in Washington was plagued by injury, leading to his appearing in just five games. He's a WR3 with WR2 upside if the Commanders utilize his versatile skill set.
Posted 5/24/2022 4:07 pm GMT
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."
Huddle Up: Gibson is going to remain involved in the offense because of his explosiveness and big-play ability. However, the addition of the third-round pick in Robinson is likely going to limit Gibson's upside. Gibson should still be viewed as an RB2 for fantasy purposes, but managers may want to expect a bit more volatility.
Posted 5/24/2022 2:43 am GMT
Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, May 23, according to sources.
Huddle Up: McLaurin is looking for a new contract, so he may stay away from the team until training camp if the two sides do not make any progress in talks. McLaurin has been a reliable fantasy receiver since he entered the leagues and should be a weekly starting option in 2022.
Posted 5/18/2022 7:50 pm GMT
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.
Huddle Up: Dotson has a good chance to win the starting job opposite Terry McLaurin this upcoming season. He should see plenty of targets each game and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/14/2022 3:08 pm GMT
Negotiations on a contract extension between the Washington Commanders and WR Terry McLaurin ''haven't really started,'' according to SI.com's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: The 26-year-old McLaurin had 77 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in 2021 and serves Washington's primary receiving threat. He could sit out most of the Commanders' offseason workouts due to the contract situation but can be viewed as a solid WR2 option in fantasy leagues when active, with WR1 upside depending on quarterback play.
Posted 5/07/2022 2:07 am GMT
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.
Huddle Up: Dotson will likely have the chance to be a starter across from Terry McLaurin, and if he does open the year as Washington's No. 2 receiver, he will be worth a look as a WR4 with upside.
Posted 5/05/2022 6:14 pm GMT
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.
Huddle Up: As veteran TE Logan Thomas continues his recovery from December ACL surgery, Turner may have a chance to work his way up the depth chart. While rookie TEs rarely produce immediately for fantasy, if the Commanders view him more as a receiving option, it could lead to them using more two TE sets. Given Thomas' injury history, there is a chance for the 6-foot-6, 249-pound Turner to prove himself worthy of a receiving role. At best, Turner may challenge Thomas for some third-down snaps, and the rookie could easily beat out John Bates for the second spot on the depth chart with a strong training camp. Turner isn't draft worthy yet for fantasy managers, but if he makes noise during the preseason, there's a path as a potential streamer if things go his way.
Posted 5/05/2022 5:18 pm GMT
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, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.
Huddle Up: Robinson is a pure power running back, so he would take on the Stewart role if this plan comes to fruition. In roughly one year, it also appears as if Rivera has shifted from using Gibson like Christian McCaffrey to using him more like what he did with his running backs for most of his time with the Panthers. The problem for both players is that J.D. McKissic will still be the primary option on passing downs. What it means is that Robinson should be treated more like a high-end handcuff and Gibson more as a middling RB2.
Posted 5/04/2022 8:48 pm GMT
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.
Huddle Up: Despite being a projected Day 2 pick in the draft, Howell slipped to the fifth round where the Commanders finally stopped the skid. It seems they are fully committed to Wentz as the starter after trading for him this offseason, but given the volatility he showed in 2021, a change under center wouldn't be unprecedented. Heinicke would likely be the next man up, but Howell could provide some stiff competition during training camp. Howell doesn't have fantasy value outside of a very deep stash in superflex formats, especially if the Commanders stay true to their word of working toward the long term.
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