Commanders News: Chase Young rumor, Sam Howell, Terry McLaurin and Eric Bieniemy

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team gets set for its final OTA session of the preparation period tomorrow?

This week will be less intense for the Washington Commanders. After putting in the hard yards at their mandatory minicamp, just one more practice is scheduled before everyone goes their separate ways for a period of rest ahead of training camp.

Although it's downtime for players and coaches alike, the news never stops coming and could increase further depending on what transpires with the sale approval. For now, the stories causing conversation include Charles Leno Jr. on Eric Bieniemy's influence, Terry McLaurin's odds to be the league's best wideout in 2023, Logan Thomas heaping praise on Sam Howell, and yet another team getting linked with a trade for Chase Young.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Betting odds don't favor Commanders WR Terry McLaurin

After doing more with significantly less throughout his NFL career so far, Terry McLaurin stands to reap serious rewards if quarterback Sam Howell and play-caller Eric Bieniemy live up to their end of the bargain. Something that could propel the wide receiver to one of the league's most prolific at the position.

It's a lofty bar to aim for, but Bieniemy believes McLaurin has the potential. One could argue he's a borderline elite wideout currently without ever having a stable presence under center, so the onus is on Howell to produce the goods and give the Washington Commanders some much-needed consistency in 2023.

According to the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook, McLaurin is a long shot to be the NFL's leading receiver in terms of receiving yards. He is currently No. 15 on their list at +3500 (bet $100 to win $3,500), which indicates a lack of confidence in the Ohio State product and his current environment.

While the possibility couldn't be completely dismissed, avoiding the temptation would be the smart route at the moment.