Commanders News: Sam Howell, Jonathan Allen, Jacoby Brissett and Sam Cosmi

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 following another successful day of padded practice at training camp?

After a long, dramatic few months, there is actually a real football game this evening as the New York Jets take on the Cleveland Browns in the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame contest. While starters are unlikely to participate, it's a sign that things are heating up with preseason contests and joint practices on the immediate horizon around the league.

For the Washington Commanders, they have just a few short weeks remaining before their opening weekend encounter versus the Arizona Cardinals at what should be an electric FedEx Field. Until then, among the stories causing conversation recently include Sam Cosmi's transition, Jonathan Allen's mindset, Ron Rivera's assessment of Sam Howell, and not counting out projected veteran backup Jacoby Brissett.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Commanders OL Sam Cosmi's transition

The 2023 campaign is a make-or-break one for many of the Washington Commanders. Sam Cosmi falls into this category entering Year 3 of his professional career, which sees the former second-round selection making an important transition from the edge to the right guard position during camp.

This has been a steep learning curve for the one-time Texas product. However, it's a challenge Cosmi seems to be relishing based on his comments via USA Today Sports.

"I really have grasped the position. I really feel comfortable at the position right now. I could be irreplaceable between guard and tackle if they need me to. But I’m really, really enjoying that inside being guard, physicality stuff. I think it fits my style of play better, and I’ve been enjoying the transition for sure."

Sam Cosmi via USA Today Sports

Washington's protection has to provide more assurance next season. Cosmi's role is an important one, so the positive signs emanating from the player can hopefully transition into improved production when the real action arrives.