Commanders news: Sam Howell, Brian Robinson, Brandon Aiyuk and power moves

Examining 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 new regime continues to turn heads around the league?

There is never a dull moment where the Washington Commanders are concerned these days. Those in power are implementing their grand plans for progression with supreme conviction. They are making everyone around the NFL sit up and take notice. This is not the same laughingstock organization that Dan Snyder managed. They mean business.

As expected, the headlines have been plentiful. Among the stories generating discussion include Washington's recent power moves, Sam Howell being linked with a move away, Brian Robinson Jr.'s potential, and the Commanders potentially acquiring wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk via trade.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr. ranked

One could make a strong case for Brian Robinson Jr. being underutilized last season. Eric Bieniemy's intent to go with a pass-happy offense whether they were trailing or not caused untold complications. But there were flashes from the running back to suggest he can become a genuine three-down threat capable of impacting the game in all phases.

Robinson came in at No. 32 on Maurice Jones-Drew's list of 72 starting running backs in 2023. The former player turned NFL.com analyst highlighted the lack of touches as a reason behind the ranking. Something that could change with new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury calling the shots.

"Washington had the fewest rushing attempts in the league this season, due in part to how often the team played from behind, which limited Robinson's production. Even so, the second-year back amassed 1,101 scrimmage yards in his first full season as RB1. We’ll see if he can build on that under Kliff Kingsbury in 2024."

Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com

The Washington Commanders need to find a more balanced offense next season, especially if they are moving forward with a rookie quarterback. Robinson's done more than enough to be a focal point en route to a potential breakout campaign in 2024.