Commanders News: Sam Howell, Terry McLaurin, Mark Ein and Ron Rivera

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 Ron Rivera's men return to the practice field today after their Saturday off?

After an immensely chippy training camp practice on Friday, a short spell away from the field probably came at the right time. Whether this same trend continues leading up to joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens remains to be seen, but it's something to keep an eye on and especially if the Washington Commanders' defense continues its dominant mindset.

It's an interesting time, that's for sure. Among the stories causing conversation recently include Ron Rivera's shift in focus, Sam Howell's growth, Mark Ein on the controversial name change debate, and the importance of Terry McLaurin's leadership.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Mark Ein on Commanders name change

No sooner had Josh Harris' ownership group's $6.05 billion purchase of the Washington Commanders got the green light, talk of changing the franchise's name reared its head once again. This is a controversial topic at the best of times and for some fans, a touchy subject indeed considering how things unfolded.

When asked about the prospect of altering the Commanders' name during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan recently, minority partner Mark Ein highlighted the passion with which fans approach the issue via USA Today Sports while also acknowledging the complications attached.

"We live here, so we know it’s been an issue that people are really passionate about, and it’s been out there for quite a while. It feels like it’s accelerated a bit since we took over, but it’s complicated. We have a lot of other things in the short-term that we want to focus and deliver on."

Mark Ein via USA Today Sports

Nobody within the new Commanders' ownership group has completely dismissed the change. But Ein was right to point out that other matters must be handled first given the short timeframe before the regular season arrives.