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  • Latest On Commanders' LT Situation

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    In 2023, quarterback Sam Howell was sacked a league-leading 65 times. That figure marked a franchise record for the Commanders, a team which has made a slew of changes on offense this season. That includes second overall pick Jayden Daniels set to take over under center, along with multiple new faces up front. Washington added Tyler Biadasz and Nick Allegretti during free [...]

    Jun 9 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Commanders HC Dan Quinn Addresses Brandon McManus Lawsuit

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    Brandon McManus was released by the Commanders on Sunday in the wake of the sexual assault lawsuit he was named in. That move came after the veteran kicker's former team (the Jaguars) denied knowledge of the allegations made against him and the team. Likewise, the Commanders have denied being aware of the suit until it went [...]

    Jun 9 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Jamin Davis To Take Edge-Rusher Reps Ahead Of Contract Year

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    Washington Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis hasn't had the impact the organization hoped for when he was selected with the No. 19 pick of the 2021 NFL draft out of Kentucky. He's appeared in 45 games over the last three seasons, collecting 269 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, six pass deflections, and 21.5 run stuffs. However, new head coach Dan Quinn is likely to start Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner on the inside in 2024, so Davis is getting the chance to earn playing time on the edge. "We're trying to really push him specifically on the versatility. So you'll see him working some with the defensive line, you'll see him working with [pass rush specialist] Ryan Kerrigan on the side, and we're adding parts to his game that maybe we didn't use and we're certainly trying to explore that." Davis is a talented player with physical tools, so there's a chance he could become a solid rotational pass rusher in what should be a much improved Washington defense this season. For now, Dante Fowler Jr., Dorance Armstrong, and Clelin Ferrell are likely the top three edge rushers on the depth chart. Heading into a contract year, Davis will have to show some upside to become an attractive free agent for the 2025 offseason.

    Jun 7 · Source via Washington Commanders Jamin Davis Dorance Armstrong Clelin Ferrell Dante Fowler Frankie Luvu Bobby Wagner
  • Jayden Daniels Building Chemistry With Revamped Offensive Line

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    Washington Commanders rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels has begun to build chemistry with the revamped offensive line in the nation's capital, especially with center Tyler Biadasz. Biadasz played under newly named Washington Head Coach Dan Quinn in Dallas and was one of the best centers available on the market in free agency this spring. Biadasz was brought in to help bolster a weak Commanders line that surrendered the second most sacks last season and finished with the sixth-fewest total rushing yards. Zach Selby, a senior writer for the Commanders reported that Daniels and Biadasz have begun to build a strong relationship and chemistry on the field during the early part of OTAs. This is a great sign for dynasty managers who selected the former LSU product early in their rookie drafts. By having a strong line in front of him, Daniels will be put on a great path to succeed in his rookie campaign and will have more time in the pocket to get the ball to the newly acquired Austin Ekeler and pro-bowl wideout Terry McLaurin.

    Jun 5 · Source via Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Commanders Sign Kicker Ramiz Ahmed

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    The Washington Commanders signed free-agent kicker Ramiz Ahmed on Tuesday, according to NFL.com. The move comes just a day after the team released Brandon McManus following sexual assault allegations. Ahmed, who went undrafted out of Nevada in 2019, has not attempted a kick in the NFL, and he's only appeared in one game. He spent time with the Birmingham Stallions of the United Football League (UFL) in 2024 and made 10 of his 13 field goal tries. Although this signing is seemingly out of nowhere, he is currently the only kicker on the roster and could make a run at the starting gig.

    Jun 4 · Source via Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Commanders Release K Brandon McManus Amid Lawsuit

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    9:58pm: In what will be the final McManus update of the night, Mike Florio of NBC Sports provided some insight into the kicker's compensation as a result of his release. According to Florio, McManus had already been paid half of the $1.5MM signing bonus on his one-year, $3.6MM contract. The remaining $750K of the signing [...]

    Jun 3 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Brandon McManus Released By The Commanders

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    The Washington Commanders released kicker Brandon McManus on Sunday night. The veteran was recently accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit stemming from several alleged incidents that occurred during an overseas flight last season while he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since then, McManus signed a one-year deal with the Commanders in March. However, he'll now be looking for work, although teams will unlikely consider signing him anytime soon.

    Jun 2 · Source via Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Kliff Kingsbury's next mission: Resurrect Washington's woeful offense

    The former Cardinals coach is now in charge of improving a unit that has been one of the NFL's worst for a decade.

    Jun 2 · ESPN Washington Commanders
  • Latest On Brandon McManus Lawsuit

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    Veteran kicker Brandon McManus has been accused of sexually assaulting two flight attendants while he was playing with the Jaguars in 2023. After the news broke yesterday, we heard from McManus's camp, the Jaguars, and his current team, the Commanders. Now, we're hearing from his former coach, as Doug Pederson revealed that he only learned [...]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Brandon McManus Accused Of Sexual Assault

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    Two women are suing kicker Brandon McManus and the Jacksonville Jaguars, alleging that McManus sexually assaulted them during the team's overseas flight to London last year, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed on Friday and accuses McManus of rubbing himself against them and grinding against them. The two women are also accusing the Jaguars of failing to supervise McManus and failing to create a safe environment for staff serving the team. They are seeking over $1 million and are demanding a jury trial. The 32-year-old veteran signed a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Washington Commanders this offseason, but he could now be facing a suspension to begin the 2024 season. In 17 games for the Jaguars in 2023, McManus made 81.1% of his 37 field-goal attempts and was successful on all 35 of his extra-point tries.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Commanders Brandon McManus
  • Jonathan Allen Healthy This Offseason

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    Washington Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (knee) has been participating in the team's organized team activities this spring and has been extremely happy with the team's new regime change in the front office and on the sidelines. Allen said months ago that he didn't want to be part of another rebuild, but the long-time defensive captain is thrilled with how things are unfolding under new general manager Adam Peters and head coach Dan Quinn. Following Pro Bowl nods in 2021 and 2022, Allen had 53 tackles (30 solo), 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 19 QB hits in 16 starts. The 29-year-old former 17th overall pick in 2017 out of Alabama has no more guaranteed money left on his deal, which has two years remaining. It's unclear how Allen's role on defense might change in 2024 under Quinn.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Commanders Jonathan Allen
  • Dyami Brown's Stock Is Down

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    Washington Commanders wide receiver Dyami Brown's stock is down this offseason after the team added Olamide Zaccheaus in free agency and drafted Luke McCaffrey in the third round. Brown, a third-round pick in 2021, has just 29 receptions in his three NFL seasons, and two of his three career touchdowns came in one game. He offers a different player profile than both Zaccheaus and McCaffrey, but Washington's previous staff made Brown available at last year's trade deadline, according to league sources. Another challenge for Brown will be the fact that the Commanders love to use 12 personnel, which means two tight ends on the field at the expense of a receiver. The presence of pass-catching running back Austin Ekeler also likely cuts down the available snaps for Brown in 2024.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Commanders Dyami Brown
  • Chris Rodriguez Jr. Likely To Serve As No. 3 RB

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    Washington Commanders running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. is likely headed for the No. 3 role in the backfield behind Brian Robinson Jr. and Austin Ekeler after the team passed on selecting another RB in this year's NFL draft. Rodriguez is the clear early-down backup to Robinson, whether that means five to 10 touches from scrimmage per game or a lower figure. However, he could have a bigger role on special teams if the Commanders view him as part of what looks like a trend of teams seeking bigger-bodied kick returners given the new league rules on kickoffs. The 23-year-old doesn't have a path to any kind of real fantasy value in 2024 unless one of Robinson or Ekeler go down with an injury. In his rookie campaign in 2023, Rodriguez had 51 carries for 247 yards and two touchdowns while catching two passes for 12 yards in 13 regular-season games.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Commanders Chris Rodriguez
  • Commanders To Use More No-Huddle On Offense?

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    Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson said that the team is planning to use more of a no-huddle offense this year under new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. The Commanders are going to have a new-look offense this year with rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels taking over under center after the team traded Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks this offseason. Running back Brian Robinson also has new competition in the backfield in the form of do-it-all back Austin Ekeler. A faster pace for Washington's offense could be good for everyone involved, including Robinson, who finished his second season in 2023 with 733 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 15 games played. The Commanders will most likely view the 25-year-old as their preferred early down and between-the-tackles runner, with Ekeler taking valuable targets in the passing game away from B-Rob.

    May 23 · Source via Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels Austin Ekeler Brian Robinson
  • Brian Robinson Jr. Still Considered "Top Back" By Some

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    According to 33rd Team's Marcus Mosher, Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. is still viewed by some as the No. 1 option on the depth chart. Without question, Austin Ekeler's presence has many believing Robinson's role will significantly reduce. However, Mosher indicated this might not be the case, especially with a change in the coaching staff, including new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who helped James Conner remain a viable fantasy threat during his time as the head coach in Arizona. Robinson has appeared in 27 games for the Commanders over the last two seasons. Although the 25-year-old wasn't always consistent, he still amassed 1,530 yards and seven touchdowns off 383 carries. He also scored five times on the receiving end. Surely, Ekeler will get his touches. Yet, fantasy managers shouldn't dismiss Robinson, with his ceiling rising even more if Ekeler goes down with an injury at some point in the year.

    May 18 · Source via Washington Commanders Brian Robinson Austin Ekeler
  • Commanders Signing Damiere Byrd

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    The Washington Commanders have signed free agent wide receiver Damiere Byrd following a workout, according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report. The veteran is entering his ninth season in the league, but he's never finished higher than the WR67 in fantasy football. He spent the last two years with the Atlanta Falcons but registered just two targets during one game in 2023. Byrd represents a low-risk signing for the Commanders, and he'll be tasked with competing for a roster spot while leaving his veteran impact on some of his younger teammates in Washington.

    May 15 · Source via Washington Commanders Damiere Byrd
  • Jayden Daniels Draws Praise From Coach, Teammate

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    Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels, whom the team selected second overall in last month's NFL Draft, is already making a positive impression during the early days of OTAs. "His football IQ is really high," offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said. "He's really well versed in protections." Kingsbury noted that Daniels works very hard, constantly improved on tape in college, and is always working hard to get better. The former LSU signal-caller also drew praise from wide receiver Jahan Dotson, who said, "That's the quarterback I wanted." He added that he's been very impressed by what he has seen from Daniels so far. Overall, there seems to be plenty of positive buzz surrounding Daniels. There's a case to be made that he could be the No. 1 rookie quarterback in fantasy football, putting him over the likes of Caleb Williams and the rest of the class. He should be a top-five pick in rookie drafts and a must-draft name in most redraft formats.

    May 14 · Source via Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Luke McCaffrey Involved Outside More Than Expected

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    Washington Commanders wide receiver Luke McCaffrey "lined up outside more than expected" during Day 1 of OTAs on Tuesday, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic. Washington selected McCaffrey, a product of Rice University, with the 100th overall selection in the third round of April's NFL Draft. McCaffrey impressed in the slot throughout his college career, demonstrating the physicality, athleticism, and ball security skills needed to succeed there at the next level. However, it appears that Washington has different plans or at least wants to explore all their options with the rookie. Perhaps he has impressed the coaching staff enough for them to experiment with him outside. Such positional versatility could allow McCaffrey to carve out a decent role in his first pro season, though he's still off the radar in most redraft leagues. For dynasty purposes, he's a fringe top-25 rookie heading into the 2024 campaign.

    May 14 · Source via Washington Commanders Luke McCaffrey
  • Jer'Zhan Newton Has Successful Foot Surgery

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    Washington Commanders second-round defensive tackle Jer'Zhan Newton (foot) had successful surgery on his Jones fracture on Tuesday in New York City, according to sources. The surgery was done by Dr. O'Malley, and Washington is optimistic that Newton will make a full recovery before his rookie season this fall. Newton has now had surgery on both of his feet for Jones fractures. It's not a great start in his first NFL offseason, but the 21-year-old defensive tackle will have a chance to make an impact in his first year in the league as long as he can stay on the field this fall. If not for his foot injury, Newton may have been a first-round consideration, but he ultimately fell to the Commanders at pick No. 36. If he puts his foot injuries behind him, Newton could be a steal in the trenches of Washington's D-line.

    May 14 · Source via Washington Commanders Jer'Zhan Newton
  • Martavis Bryant To Work Out For Commanders

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    Veteran free-agent wide receiver Martavis Bryant is scheduled to work out for the Washington Commanders on Wednesday, according to a source. Bryant was released last week by the Dallas Cowboys, whose former defensive coordinator is now the head coach for the Commanders. The former fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 out of Clemson has had his NFL career ruined by off-the-field issues that have led to suspensions, and he hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2018 with the Raiders. The 32-year-old would merely serve as receiver depth heading into training camp and the postseason in Washington behind the likes of Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, rookie Luke McCaffrey, Dyami Brown and others if he were to sign with the Commanders. In four NFL seasons, Bryant has caught 145 passes for 2,183 yards and 17 touchdowns in 44 games (18 starts).

    May 14 · Source via Washington Commanders Martavis Bryant
  • Commanders Release Jake Fromm

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    The Washington Commanders released quarterback Jake Fromm on Tuesday, according to NFL.com. The former Georgia Bulldog was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and spent the last two seasons with Washington after a brief stint with the New York Giants. Despite being in the league for four seasons, he has thrown just 60 passes, completing 27 of them for 210 yards and one touchdown to go along with three interceptions. The Commanders signed Marcus Mariota this offseason and added rookies Jayden Daniels and Sam Hartman to their quarterback room, so Fromm became expendable. The 25-year-old is unlikely to earn playing time anytime soon barring a slew of injuries around the NFL.

    May 14 · Source via Washington Commanders Jake Fromm
  • Commanders' 2nd-rounder Newton to have surgery

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    Washington Commanders second-round pick Johnny Newton will undergo surgery to repair an injury to his left foot.

    May 13 · ESPN Washington Commanders Jer'Zhan Newton
  • Jayden Daniels Impresses During Rookie Minicamp

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    Washington Commanders rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels didn't have any "wow" moments during his first rookie minicamp practice, but he still managed to impress fellow rookies and the coaching staff. "He's a stud," third-round receiver Luke McCaffrey said. "I know he's one heck of a quarterback and a lot of fun to play with from a personality standpoint. I've had a blast in these 24 hours with him. He's just fun to be around; he's good energy." Daniels was the No. 2 overall pick in last year's NFL draft and is expected to take over as the team's starter under center right away in Week 1 this fall. The 23-year-old former LSU Tiger is a dual-threat QB with plenty of athleticism, and he could be the most NFL-ready signal-caller of all the rookie QBs not named Caleb Williams. In Year 1, Daniels will be a low-end QB2 in fantasy with considerable upside for his rushing ability.

    May 11 · Source via Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Jer'Zhan Newton To Have Surgery Next Week

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    Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn said that second-round rookie defensive tackle Jer'Zhan Newton (foot) has an injury to his left foot -- not the same foot as his college season but the same injury -- and has surgery scheduled for next week. "Not giving any timelines for that," Quinn said. The 21-year-old had surgery in January on his right foot to fix a partial Jones fracture, but now he'll be forced to undergo a similar surgery on his other foot. It's not what you want to hear from a high draft pick as they head into their first NFL offseason. It remains to be seen when Newton will be able to practice with the team. Any missed time in training camp this summer would be a big blow to his development as he looks to carve out a role on the interior of Washington's defensive line in 2024.

    May 11 · Source via Washington Commanders Jer'Zhan Newton
  • Jonathan Allen Could Eventually Be On The Trade Block

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    The Washington Commanders took Illinois defensive tackle Jer'Zhan Newton on Day 2 of this year's NFL draft, giving the team three talented tackles in Newton and Pro Bowlers Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. A few league executives are now wondering if Washington will ever consider trade offers for Allen, who is due $15.4 million in 2024 and $16.5 million next year, both figures below market for high-end tackles. Sources believe the Commanders will either need to rework Allen's contract eventually or decide whether they will entertain trade offers, which they have so far rebuffed in the past. For now, head coach Dan Quinn can concoct a plan to get all three defensive tackles on the field. The 29-year-old Allen finished last year with 53 tackles (30 solo), 5.5 sacks and a pass defended in 16 games. Because of his struggles last year defending the run, perhaps he's moved outside more after the addition of Newton.

    May 7 · Source via Washington Commanders Jonathan Allen Jer'Zhan Newton
  • Commanders GM Adam Peters Addresses Jayden Daniels Selection

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    The Commanders landed LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels with the No. 2 overall pick in last month's draft, a pick that generated a great deal of the usual speculation and conjecture in the weeks leading up to the event. For instance, multiple sources suggested that Michigan passer J.J. McCarthy would be Washington's selection, while others thought [...]

    May 5 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Why the Commanders were 'unanimous' on picking Jayden Daniels at No. 2

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    The selection of Daniels was months in the making. What sold Washington on making him the face of a new era in D.C.?

    May 3 · ESPN Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Jayden Daniels Has A Chance To Start Immediately

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    Washington Commanders rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels, who was taken in this year's draft with the second overall pick, has the experience and ability to give him a chance to start immediately in his first season in 2024, according to multiple sources. "When that time comes, when he's ready, then that's when we'll do it. But there's no timeline on that," head coach Dan Quinn said. If Daniels doesn't start right away, the Commanders would go with Marcus Mariota. Both Quinn and general manager Adam Peters have said they want to rely on a strong defense and run game to reduce the burden on the rookie QB. The addition of veteran players like tight end Zach Ertz and running Austin Ekeler should lessen the need for Daniels to be the leader of the offense right away. Numerous NFL coaches think Kliff Kingsbury's offensive scheme will be good for Daniels, and while he has tons of long-term potential, Daniels will be a low-end QB2 with upside in fantasy in 2024.

    May 3 · Source via Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Zach Ertz Could Lose Opportunities To Rookie

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    Washington Commanders tight end Zach Ertz could face competition from rookie Ben Sinnott heading into the 2024 season, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic. Ertz landed with Washington during free agency as the Commanders looked to replace fellow veteran Logan Thomas. While Ertz currently has a grasp on the No. 1 tight end role, Washington did spend a second-round pick on Sinnott, a Kansas State product, suggesting there could be some competition and turnover at the position. Standig writes that "Sinnott's unique versatility means he could carve out a role in offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's attack," implying the rookie has an inside track to earning targets right away. Ertz might still be the preferred option to open the year, but Sinnott will get involved. As a result, both tight ends should be avoided in most redraft formats. Sinnott, however, is an intriguing depth name in dynasty leagues.

    May 2 · Source via Washington Commanders Zach Ertz Ben Sinnott
  • Ben Sinnott Could Carve Out A Role In Rookie Season

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    Washington Commanders rookie tight end Ben Sinnott was taken with the No. 53 overall pick in the third round of this year's draft out of Kansas State, and he will have an opportunity for playing time right away despite the presence of Zach Ertz, John Bates, Cole Turner and Armani Rogers on the roster. He brings receiving prowess and height (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) to an offense that could use a bit of both to help rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels, who was taken second overall. The athletic tight end's unique versatility means he could carve out a role in offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's attack in 2024. Sinnott had 676 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 49 catches in 2023. Still, Ertz is likely to open the year as Washington's primary pass-catching tight end, with Bates being a steady blocker. Sinnott could leapfrog Turner and Rogers with a strong training camp, but he's unlikely to be an immediate fantasy asset in single-year leagues.

    May 1 · Source via Washington Commanders Ben Sinnott
  • Commanders Add 11 UDFAs

    The first Adam Peters-Dan Quinn UDFA group has surfaced. Here is the result of the Commanders' post-draft signing period: Chigozie Anusiem, CB (Colorado State) Sam Hartman, QB (Notre Dame) Austin Jones, RB (USC) Ben Nikkel, S (Iowa State) David Nwaogwugwu, OT (Toledo) Tyler Owens, S (Texas Tech) Norell Pollard, DT (Virginia Tech) Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, WR [...]

    May 1 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Washington Commanders Sam Hartman
  • Sam Hartman Gets $225,000 Guaranteed From Commanders

    The Washington Commanders signed former Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman as an undrafted free agent. According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, Hartman is getting a $20,000 signing bonus and $225,000 base salary guarantee from Washington, potentially signaling they want to keep him around beyond offseason activities and training camp. In five years at Wake Forest and one at Notre Dame combined, the 24-year-old threw for 15,656 yards, 134 touchdowns, and 49 interceptions. He added 978 yards and 20 touchdowns as a runner. The Commanders selected LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels with the No. 2 overall pick and has former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota on the roster, so Hartman will likely be the QB3 in 2024 -- at best. The two-time All-ACC performer is one of the most high-profile UDFA's in this year's class.

    Apr 29 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Sam Hartman
  • Michael Wiley Heads To Washington

    The Washington Commanders have signed undrafted running back MIchael Wiley. The Arizona product has put together a fairly strong college career. He has nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage and 28 touchdowns during his time at Arizona. He's not exactly a workhorse back with only one season with 100-plus rushing attempts. Despite that, Wiley can still make an impact at the pro level. He'll have an uphill battle during camp, but the Commanders don't have many of reliable backs.

    Apr 28 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Michael Wiley
  • Sam Hartman Signing With Commanders

    The Washington Commanders have signed quarterback Sam Hartman on Sunday. The Notre Dame signal-caller went undrafted during this weekend's NFL draft. There were rumors of Hartman going to the Chicago Bears, but instead Hartman will head to Washington. The six-year prospect finished his college career with Notre Dame after playing mostly at Wake Forest. Hartman threw for 2,689 passing yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions during his last year in college. He should get a legitimate chance to compete for the backup gig with veteran Marcus Mariota in camp. It seems likely that Jaylen Daniels has the starting quarterback gig locked up heading into camp.

    Apr 28 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Sam Hartman
  • Daniels on Commanders' QB history: No pressure

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    Jayden Daniels says he feels "no pressure" to succeed despite the Commanders' shaky history at quarterback.

    Apr 27 · ESPN NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Eagles Acquire No. 40 From Commanders

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    Trades continue to flood the top of the second round. The Eagles have moved up to No. 40, swapping places with the Commanders. Philadelphia will send 53 and 161 to Washington while picking up No. 78. Adding further to their investments in the secondary, the Eagles are selecting Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean. The team went [...]

    Apr 26 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Philadelphia Eagles Washington Commanders Cooper DeJean
  • Luke McCaffrey Selected By Commanders 100th Overall

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    The Washington Commanders have selected Rice University wide receiver Luke McCaffrey with the 100th overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft. The pick marked the end of Round 3 and Day 2 of the draft. McCaffrey is a converted quarterback who transferred from Nebraska to Rice during the middle of his collegiate career. He truly broke out during his final season with the Owls, catching 71 passes for 992 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for an additional 117 yards on the ground. The brother of 49ers star Christian McCaffrey and son of three-time Super Bowl champion Ed McCaffrey, Luke demonstrated extreme leadership, football IQ, physicality, athleticism, and route running skills at Rice. He excelled in contested catch scenarios and should be a very reliable weapon for the Commanders and new quarterback Jayden Daniels. He figures to enter training camp as Washington's No. 3 wide receiver behind Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson.

    Apr 26 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Luke McCaffrey
  • Ben Sinnott Taken At No. 53 On Friday Night

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    The Commanders selected Kansas State tight end Ben Sinnott with the No. 53 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The 21-year-old is coming off the best collegiate season of his career, totaling 49 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns. While he's still young, he has the tools needed to be a potent pass-catcher moving ahead. Of course, Sinnott will have to contend with Zach Ertz for playing time. It could also take Jayden Daniels some time to find his rhythm in Washington, meaning Sinnott might not be productive immediately.

    Apr 26 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Ben Sinnott
  • Jayden Daniels Taken By Commanders At No. 2

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    The Washington Commanders selected LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels with the second overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night. Daniels should enter Week 1 as the team's starter under center after Washington traded last year's starter, Sam Howell, to the Seahawks this offseason. The 23-year-old Heisman Trophy winner last year might be the most physically gifted QB in this draft class, although there is some concern that he might not be able to withstand the beating at the position, especially if he continues to take unnecessary hits as a runner. Like Caleb Williams, the upside is off the charts, and he'll have a strong No. 1 receiver in Terry McLaurin and a strong backfield behind him with Austin Ekeler and Brian Robinson Jr.

    Apr 25 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Commanders Declining Fifth-Year Option On Jamin Davis

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    The Washington Commanders are declining the fifth-year contract option of linebacker Jamin Davis, according to a source. It's been heading this way for on and off-field reasons. The plan in 2024 is to have the athletically gifted Davis become a "hybrid" defender, which should translate to less pass coverage and more attempts to rush the quarterback. Davis played his rookie season in 2021 at Mike linebacker before moving to the off-ball role in the team's 4-2-5 base defense. According to Pro Football Focus, he tied for the highest yards per catch allowed (12.1) last year and ranked fourth-worst in average depth of target (5.5) because of his limited coverage instincts. The 25-year-old former 19th overall pick out of Kentucky has just seven sacks in his three seasons, but he could be more productive in that category if he's rushing the passer more in 2024.

    Apr 25 · Source via Washington Commanders Jamin Davis
  • Jayden Daniels Expected To Go To Commanders At No. 2

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    Word around the league is that the Washington Commanders have advocates in their building for both LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels and North Carolina QB Drake Maye. However, almost everyone polled for The Athletic's story believed Daniels was destined for Washington with new general manager Adam Peters hot for Daniels. The belief from rival teams is that the Commanders had been leaning toward Maye much earlier in the pre-draft process, but Daniels has done enough to lock himself into the No. 2 pick. One executive from a team outside of the top 10 wouldn't rule out a brief Daniels slide, perhaps down to No. 4. Still, it's highly unlikely Daniels drops out of the top five. If he goes to D.C., he'll be favored to start from Day 1 in his rookie season.

    Apr 24 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Raiders Contact Commanders About No. 2 Pick; No Trade Expected

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    After new Commanders GM Adam Peters said he did not envision many scenarios in which his team would move off the No. 2 overall pick, the other team that has been regularly connected to Jayden Daniels opted to test the NFC East team's commitment. The Raiders indeed contacted the Commanders about a trade-down from No. [...]

    Apr 24 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Las Vegas Raiders Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Commanders Release DE Shaka Toney

    Shaka Toney was one of five players recently reinstated from a year-long gambling suspension. The defensive end and special teamer will not be with the Commanders in 2024, though; the team announced his release on Monday. Toney had two years remaining on his rookie contract, something which distinguished him from the other players who were reinstated [...]

    Apr 22 · Pro Football Rumors Washington Commanders Shaka Toney
  • Latest On Jayden Daniels, Commanders

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    Despite his seeming lack of agency in the situation, rumors have persisted that LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels prefers not to be drafted by the Commanders. Washington holds the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, though, so unless Daniels becomes a favorite for No. 1 over USC's Caleb Williams all of the sudden, [...]

    Apr 20 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Jayden Daniels Latest: Commanders, Kingsbury, Harris, Raiders, Visit, Weight

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    Jayden Daniels remains the favorite to be chosen second overall. The Commanders hold that pick, and they hosted the 2023 Heisman winner -- at the same time as a few other quarterbacks -- just before the deadline for "30" visits to be conducted. While the LSU and Arizona State product does not have much of [...]

    Apr 19 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Las Vegas Raiders Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Jayden Daniels Not Interested In Playing In D.C.?

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    On The Pat McAfee Show, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said "it's been tracking for LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels to go at No. 2" to the Washington Commanders. However, no final decision has been made yet, and Schefter reports that Daniels has had an interest in being other places besides D.C. Daniels appears to be the Commanders' preference at No. 2 overall in next week's draft, but perhaps something changes now if they don't think he'll be fully committed to playing for their organization. General manager Adam Peters said on Thursday that it's pretty much a done deal that Washington won't trade out of the No. 2 pick, but his nugget from Schefter could change some things. In the end, Schefter still thinks Daniels is the favorite to go second overall to the Commanders.

    Apr 19 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Commanders Unlikely To Consider Trading Down From No. 2 Overall

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    As Jayden Daniels-Washington buzz persists, the Commanders have not been a team -- unlike some others in this year's top five -- closely linked to trading down. Their new front office boss effectively confirmed no such move is likely. New Washington GM Adam Peters said (via the Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala) he does not see [...]

    Apr 19 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
  • Commanders Won't Trade Down From No. 2 Pick

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    Washington Commanders general manager Adam Peters said the team is "real close" to finalizing their decision of who they will select on Thursday when the 2024 NFL draft begins and confirmed they will not trade out of the No. 2 overall pick. The Commanders desperately need a franchise quarterback, and they are presumably deciding between LSU's Jayden Daniels and North Carolina's Drake Maye. The 21-year-old Maye is viewed as more of a project with a sky-high ceiling, while Daniels, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, is 23 years old and ready to contribute right away. Either quarterback will have plenty of fantasy football intrigue in Washington, as both have plenty of mobility and could be throwing passes to Terry McLaurin in their rookie season.

    Apr 18 · Source via NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels Drake Maye
  • NFL Reinstates Five Suspended Players On Thursday

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    The NFL reinstated Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney and free agents C.J. Moore, Rashod Berry, Quintez Cephus, and Demetrius Taylor on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The five players were suspended for the entire 2023 campaign for violating the league's gambling policy. Toney is the only player who remained on an NFL roster following the suspension, and it could be tough for the other four players to find landing spots considering their actions from last offseason. With major sports leagues trying to crack down on any suspicious gambling activity, this will be a situation worth monitoring over the next few years.

    Apr 18 · Source via Washington Commanders Rashod Berry C.J. Moore Demetrius Taylor Shaka Toney
  • QB Prospect Notes: Williams, Patriots, Commanders, Giants

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    Caleb Williams is still expected to hear his name called first during next week's draft, but the USC quarterback didn't make the best impression on teams during the pre-draft process. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Williams' interviews with teams were described as "good, not great" and "just OK." As Fowler notes, Williams declined medical exams [...]

    Apr 17 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft New England Patriots New York Giants Washington Commanders Caleb Williams
  • Commanders Expected To Draft QB Jayden Daniels?

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    The Commanders are set to host all three of the top quarterback prospects expected to be on the board when they are on the clock at No. 2 overall. While the team still has plenty to do in the ongoing evaluation process, a favorite may have emerged. Opinions are split on which passer out of Jayden [...]

    Apr 13 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Washington Commanders Jayden Daniels
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