Commanders news: Logan Thomas, Sam Howell, Terry McLaurin and draft joy

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines after their expected home loss to the San Francisco 49ers?

The Washington Commanders put up more of a fight than many anticipated versus the San Francisco 49ers. It didn't prevent another defeat, with the same old mistakes and lack of execution in key areas proving to be their undoing in front of a sea of Niners red occupying the stands at FedEx Field.

One game remains for the Commanders before a dramatic offseason arrives. In the aftermath of another reverse, the stories causing debate include Logan Thomas' reflection, Sam Howell's regret, Terry McLaurin's envy, and Washington's draft joy.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders surge up 2024 draft order

It wasn't all bad for the Washington Commanders on Sunday. Their loss to the San Francisco 49ers coupled with the Arizona Cardinals pulling off a shock victory over the Philadelphia Eagles propelled them to No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

It's neck and neck with the New England Patriots - especially looking at the strength of schedule numbers. Losing against the Dallas Cowboys next weekend could seal the deal. Something that might also completely shift their offseason approach.

This puts the Commanders in a prime position to select either of the top two quarterback prospects. While it does nothing to sure up the woeful offensive line, passing on Caleb Williams or Drake Maye under a new regime doesn't seem likely looking at how things have unfolded for Sam Howell in recent weeks.

If there was one reason for optimism, it's how well-positioned the Commanders are this offseason.