Commanders News: Sam Howell, elevations, job openings and Week 16

Delving deeper into the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines ahead of their Week 16 game at the New York Jets this afternoon?

There should be festive cheer aplenty around the Big Apple today on Christmas Eve. For the Washington Commanders, they'll be a short distance away in East Rutherford as they look to secure a morale-boosting triumph over the New York Jets. That's the primary focus, although some fans are concerned about what a meaningless win will do for their draft standing when it's all said and done.

That won't be of any concern to Washington's players and staff - many of whom won't be around as part of the pending changes being planned by Josh Harris' ownership group. Before this afternoon's clash, the stories causing debate include practice squad elevations at the Jets, expectations down the stretch for Sam Howell, everything to know for Week 16, and the Commanders' reported confidence when it comes to landing their top targets.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders elevate two for Week 16

The Washington Commanders took the rightful course of action by cutting long-snapper Camaron Cheeseman following another horror show effort at the Los Angeles Rams last time out. Therefore, it came as no surprise to see his replacement elevated from the practice squad for Week 16's road game against the New York Jets.

The team confirmed that long-snapper Tucker Addington and versatile offensive lineman Nolan Laufenberg were called up from the practice squad. In the latter's case, this provides additional depth with Tyler Larsen and Charles Leno Jr. already ruled out.