Commanders News: Ron Rivera, Dan Snyder, fan impact and Terry McLaurin

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

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines with the team's first padded practice at training camp officially in the books?

There was an extra spring in everyone's step on Tuesday as the Washington Commanders participated in their first padded practice. The energy was right where it needed to be and everything seems to be right on track regarding Ron Rivera's preparations for a franchise-altering 2023 campaign that will come with huge ramifications one way or another.

Of course, the headlines never stop. Among the stories causing waves recently include Rivera lauding the defensive line, Terry McLaurin's developing connection, Dan Snyder being slammed by a leading insider, and the impact of fans making their return following Dan Snyder's departure.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders WR Terry McLaurin's connection

Considering the Washington Commanders have had almost no stable quarterback production since Terry McLaurin entered the NFL, the wide receiver's numbers are extraordinary. Even if it's probably been frustrating from the player's perspective and left him flying a little under the radar compared to others around the league.

Sam Howell is next up for the Commanders a football's most crucial position. There's a long way to go, but McLaurin seems happy enough with his signal-caller's growth up to now based on his comments via the team's website.

"It's going well. He's gonna give guys a chance to make the play down the field, and he throws a really nice deep ball. So, he's growing. I like how he's doing and how he's communicating with us as well. As we've gone over the course of this offseason, we've thrown together, we've gotten some reps out here. I think one thing that strikes me with him is we have a nuanced connection. It's been great so far and I'm excited to work with him and hopefully he's gonna be our guy for the future."

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With McLaurin entering his prime years, the Commanders would be wise not to waste them. That's why it's imperative for Howell to thrive within Eric Bieniemy's creative offensive system next season and potentially beyond.