Commanders News: Sam Howell, Daron Payne, Frank Wycheck and Week 15

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 team's bye week rest officially comes to an end?

The Washington Commanders sat back and watched things unfold around the league in Week 14. Fans couldn't help but notice the competent execution and high standards compared to the product Ron Rivera put out this season. Another sign that big changes are imperative if Josh Harris' ownership group wants to mold a contender.

Players and coaches get back to work this week heading into their game at the Los Angeles Rams. Hopefully, they'll be refreshed and ready to finish the season strongly. Until then, the stories causing debate include Sam Howell's future, Daron Payne's disappointing season, former Washington tight end Frank Wycheck's sad passing, and the opening odds for next weekend's road clash.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Frank Wycheck passes away

There was some sad news on Sunday when ex-Washington tight end Frank Wycheck sadly passed away following a reported fall at his home. He was a sixth-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of nearby Maryland, but things didn't click in the nation's capital.

Wycheck lasted two seasons in Washington before being released. He fared far better with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl during a remarkable turnaround.

Finishing with 505 receptions for 5,126 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns throughout his decade-long career, Wycheck will always be regarded highly as a great player and a better man. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time.