Commanders News: Emmanuel Forbes, Sam Howell, Ron Rivera and power rankings

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Ron Rivera explains Camaron Cheeseman release

After giving Camaron Cheeseman the benefit of the doubt following a torrid first half of 2023, Ron Rivera was left with no option other than to cut the long-snapper this week. His performance at the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15 looked like he'd never snapped a football in his life. Not exactly what the Washington Commanders expected when they traded up to land the player during the 2021 NFL Draft.

When speaking about the decision to release Cheeseman, the head coach was disappointed with the eventual outcome based on comments via USA Today Sports. Not entirely surprising when one considers how much it has raised the spotlight on Rivera's suspect roster building since taking charge.

"Well, it's just one of those things that there’s a certain point where it hadn’t been fixed, the way it needs to be fixed to be consistent all the time. It’s unfortunate because, for two solid years, we got some real good stuff from him. And unfortunately, this year was not as consistent as it needed to be."

Ron Rivera via USA Today Sports

The Commanders signed long-snapper Tucker Addington to their practice squad on Tuesday. He can be elevated twice before being officially signed to the active roster for Week 18 against the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully, the player can provide some much-needed stability to the position.