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Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Cleared to play
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 12:08 PM
Thomas (concussion) will be available to play Sunday against the Eagles, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.
Analysis: After missing a week of practice and one game, Thomas returned to limited practice participation Wednesday before upgrading to full activity Thursday. He now heads into Sunday without an injury designation, pushing fellow Washington tight ends Cole Turner and John Bates back to complementary roles. Thomas surprisingly had a team-high 11 targets through his six quarters of play this season before exiting early with the concussion Week 2, though in the long run, he probably won't get as many looks as wideouts Terry McLaurin or Jahan Dotson. Challenging slot man Curtis Samuel to be third on the team in targets is a more reasonable goal for the 32-year-old tight end.
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Gets back to full participation
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 3:05 PM
Thomas (concussion) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: It's unclear if Thomas has made his way through the five phases of the concussion protocol, but he told Sam Fortier of The Washington Post after Wednesday's limited session that he expects to return to action Sunday at Philadelphia. The Commanders may clear up Thomas' status for Week 4 upon the release of Friday's injury report, but he appears on pace to make his first appearance since Week 2 this weekend.
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Expects to play this week
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:15 PM
Thomas (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday and said afterward he expects to play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Thomas missed the 37-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday, leaving Cole Turner and John Bates in a timeshare. Bates still figures to have a blocking role if Thomas is back, while Turner's usefulness would be minimized with the return of a more experienced receiving-minded TE. Thomas drew 11 targets through the first six quarters of play this season before suffering a concussion Week 2.
John Bates
John Bates Targeted twice
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 4:53 PM
Bates caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 37-3 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Bates took 57 percent of snaps on offense, the same as Cole Turner, who finished with a 3-35-0 receiving line on a team-high seven targets. There's not much fantasy appeal with Bates for Week 4 at Philadelphia, as he'll be the blocking-focused TE in a timeshare even if Logan Thomas (concussion) misses another game.
Cole Turner
Cole Turner Leads team in targets
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 4:51 PM
Turner caught four of seven targets for 35 yards in a 37-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
Analysis: Turner rekindled his preseason connection with Sam Howell, who had an all-time-bad stat line that included four interceptions and nine sacks. Turner and John Bates played 57 percent of snaps apiece with Logan Thomas (concussion) inactive for the first time this year. It'll be hard to count on any of them Week 4 at Philadelphia, regardless of Thomas' progression through the concussion protocol.
Dyami Brown
Dyami Brown No catches
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 4:48 PM
Brown was held without a catch on one target in Sunday's 37-3 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: The new Washington offense hasn't even been fruitful for the team's top three wide receivers, and Brown has caught only three passes in three weeks coming off the bench as the No. 4. He'll likely handle the same role Week 4 at Philadelphia.
Antonio Gibson
Antonio Gibson Held to 24 total yards
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 4:46 PM
Gibson had two carries for 17 yards and caught three of five targets for seven yards in a 37-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
Analysis: He played a season-high 61 percent of snaps with the Commanders chasing a multi-score deficit all day, but it didn't add up to much production on a brutal afternoon for the team overall. Gibson has seven carries for 35 yards and seven catches for 61 yards through three weeks, while backfield mate Brian Robinson has a 47-216-2 rushing line and 3-49-1 receiving. A Week 4 trip to Philadelphia could mean another game with Gibson playing more than usual and Robinson a bit less.
Jahan Dotson
Jahan Dotson Held in check during loss
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 5:41 PM
Dotson brought in two of four targets for 21 yards in the Commanders' 37-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday.
Analysis: Dotson was largely held in check by an aggressive Bills defense that made the Commanders' air attack a check-down fest for the most part by pressuring Sam Howell relentlessly. Dotson has disappointingly seen his receiving yardage total drop in each of the last two weeks, and he'll have another tough matchup on his hands in a Week 4 road battle versus the Eagles.
Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel Team-high receiving yardage in loss
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 5:35 PM
Samuel brought in two of four targets for 54 yards in the Commanders' 37-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel tallied a team-high receiving yardage total with the help of a game-long 37-yard reception. The versatile veteran continues to hold down a complementary role in the Commanders' air attack, having posted a 10-127 line through three games while adding a pair of rushes for 19 yards. However, given his similar offensive profile to other players that enjoyed success in coordinator Eric Bienemy's Chiefs offenses over the years, Samuel's role could certainly expand as the season unfolds.
Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin Six grabs in double-digit defeat
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 5:28 PM
McLaurin brought in all six targets for 41 yards in the Commanders' 37-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday.
Analysis: McLaurin managed to cobble together some serviceable numbers in the ugly loss, leading the Commanders in receptions and checking in second in receiving yards and targets. The fifth-year pro has upped his reception total over the prior game in each of the last two contests, but he and second-year signal-caller Sam Howell draw another unenviable matchup in a Week 4 road matchup against the Eagles.
Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson Efficient on ground in loss
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 5:22 PM
Robinson rushed 10 times for 70 yards and wasn't targeted in the Commanders' 37-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday.
Analysis: Robinson was outstanding on a per-touch basis, but game script and his lack of targets capped his overall production. The second-year back has looked appreciably more explosive early this season after playing a shortened rookie campaign due to a leg injury, and prior to Sunday, he'd drawn five targets over the first two games. Robinson and the Commanders have another unenviable matchup when they face the Eagles on the road in a Week 4 road contest.
Sam Howell
Sam Howell Mistake-filled effort in loss
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 3:18 PM
Howell completed 19 of 29 passes for 170 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions in the Commanders' 37-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed once for 18 yards.
Analysis: The second-year signal-caller came into the day having helped the Commanders to a 2-0 record and with just one interception on his 2023 ledger, but both his and the team's fortunes took a drastic turn Sunday. Buffalo's relentless defense took Howell down a whopping nine times while holding him to 5.9 yards per attempt, and two of his four picks led to a combined 10 points for the Bills. Howell's yardage total was also a season low, but he'll have to quickly recover from Sunday's physical and psychological grind considering the Eagles defense now awaits in a Week 4 road matchup.
Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel Good to go for Sunday
Sat, Sep 23, 2023, 10:31 AM
Samuel (illness) was removed from the injury report Saturday and will play Sunday against the Bills.
Analysis: Samuel didn't practice Friday due to an illness, but the 27-year-old appears to be fine entering Sunday's contest against the Bills. The veteran didn't get as much work in the Week 2 win over the Broncos (three catches, 19 yards), but he's been a reliable option for quarterback Sam Howell and does pose a speed threat that the Commanders sorely need. Expect Samuel to play around his customary 40-45 snaps in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel Dealing with illness at end of week
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 12:16 PM
Samuel missed Friday's practice because of an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The same goes for safety Kam Curl, who is arguably more important to Washington's defense than Samuel is to the offense. His role as the No. 3 receiver and occasional ballcarrier does have value, of course, though perhaps more so for real life than fantasy. Samuel has eight targets, two carries and 92 total yards through two weeks, playing 63 percent of snaps in Washington offense that has nine players with at least three targets and none with more than 12. An absence this Sunday for Samuel likely would mean more snaps for No. 4 receiver Dyami Brown, especially with TE Logan Thomas (concussion) already ruled out. It might also free up more slot work for Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin, a duo that's surprisingly accounted for only 35 percent of the team target total so far.
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Won't play this week
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 12:11 PM
Thomas (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Thomas didn't practice this week after an early exit from last Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver. He's seen 11 targets in six quarters of action this season, but there's no guarantee of similar involvement for the backup tight ends with both John Bates and Cole Turner likely to play a lot.
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Officially DNP on Thursday
Thu, Sep 21, 2023, 3:06 PM
Thomas (concussion) officially didn't practice Thursday.
Analysis: This comes as no surprise after Thomas wasn't seen during the media-access portion of the session. He'll thus have just one more chance to show that he's progressing through the concussion protocol, which he's currently in due to a helmet-to-helmet hit that he took from Broncos safety Kareem Jackson this past Sunday. If Thomas is unable to suit up Week 3 against the Bills, John Bates and Cole Turner will be the Commanders' primary tight ends this Sunday.
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Not seen at practice Thursday
Thu, Sep 21, 2023, 1:00 PM
Thomas (concussion) wasn't spotted during the open part of Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Assuming he goes down as a non-participant for a second consecutive session, Thomas seemingly doesn't have enough time to make his way through the concussion protocol and be able to suit up Sunday against the Bills. If that comes to pass, the Commanders will turn to John Bates and Cole Turner at tight end for as long as Thomas is sidelined.
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas Not at practice
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 12:26 PM
Thomas (concussion) isn't practicing Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Thomas entered the concussion protocol late in the second quarter of Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver after safety Kareem Jackson was ejected for hitting him in the helmet at the end of a touchdown catch. Thomas is dealing with his first documented concussion since entering the NFL in 2014, but he's still uncertain to be fully cleared ahead of Sunday's matchup with Buffalo. Both John Bates and Cole Turner picked up more playing time once Thomas exited this past Sunday's game, with Bates recording a career-high 46 receiving yards even as Turner took many of the snaps in clear passing situations.
Mitchell Tinsley
Mitchell Tinsley Makes NFL debut
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 10:31 AM
Tinsley went without a target across three snaps on offense in Sunday's 35-33 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: After not playing in the Week 1 win over the Cardinals, Tinsley made his NFL debut Sunday but still barely saw any reps. Among the Commanders' seven active receivers in Week 2, Tinsley finished sixth in offensive snaps, beating out only Jamison Crowder, who played exclusively on special teams.
Byron Pringle
Byron Pringle Records short reception
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 10:29 AM
Pringle played 13 snaps on offense in Sunday's 35-33 win over Denver, reeling in his lone target for a four-yard gain.
Analysis: After being limited exclusively to a special-teams role in the Commanders' Week 1 win over the Cardinals, Pringle was able to carve out a small depth role at receiver. He still ranked well behind Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown and is unlikely to carve out a meaningful passing-game role unless the Commanders lose multiple receivers to injury.


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