Commanders News: Ron Rivera, Quan Martin, Terry McLaurin and Sam Howell

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

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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the team gears up for their Week 5 primetime clash versus the Chicago Bears tonight?

And just like that, another game day is upon us. A short week for the Washington Commanders sees them kick off Week 5 with their Thursday Night Football showdown at home against the Chicago Bears, which represents a good opportunity to get back into the win column following two straight losses versus Super Bowl-contending opposition.

Nothing is guaranteed where the NFL is concerned, but another sold-out crowd at FedEx Field will be roaring on the Commanders every step of the way. Until then, the stories causing debate include Quan Martin's involvement, Sam Howell's preparation, Ron Rivera seeing togetherness from his squad, and Terry McLaurin's favorite route.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders WR Terry McLaurin's favorite route

There are few who would argue that Terry McLaurin isn't one of the league's best route-runners. The former third-round selection might go under the radar compared to others, but the esteem in which he is held around the NFL is proof positive of the exceptional credentials he's brought to the table since coming out of Ohio State.

McLaurin has a chance to build on his 212 receiving yards through four games versus a suspect Chicago Bears secondary tonight. And don't be surprised to see the wideout use the "shake route" as a major method of gaining big plays based on his comments via the team's website.

"It forces the defender to be honest. It's good against any type of coverage in my opinion."

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The Washington Commanders will be heavily reliant on the connection between McLaurin and quarterback Sam Howell once again in Week 5. Eric Bieniemy continues to spread the wealth in terms of targets, but one of the prominent leaders within the locker room is always the go-to guy in key moments.