LIVE: HC Ron Rivera speaks to the media after practice https://t.co/pY1Kr1UztX— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) October 19, 2022
Dan Snyder/Jim Irsay:
Ron Rivera on Jim Irsay's comments about Dan Snyder...— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 19, 2022
"I'm not going to comment on that. We're focusing in on playing football."
Packers losing Davante Adams:
Rivera at the podium. Said losing Adams has been a huge change for the Packers, but they’re still an explosive and dynamic offense— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Rivera said both Dotson and Cosmi looked good in limited action. Noted Cosmi is learning how to play with the cast on his left hand— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
“It was good to see. They all came in this morning and looked pretty good. Logan’s still off to the side, but Jahan got some reps today, looked good out on the football field. Cosmi got some reps too. He’s trying to learn how to play with the hand taped up with basically his left hand, and he actually looked pretty good.”
Right now, Chase Young’s recovery is where the doctors thought it would be, Rivera said. Young will meet with them later this week to determine the next steps.— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Rivera on Chase Young's recovery.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 19, 2022
Says "ACL's are not eight months." Some guys like Adrian Peterson are freaks with their quicker returns. Could be "10 months, a year, a year-and-a-half" for a player depending on the human.
Still waiting on the re-examination with Dr. Andrews.
“You see it. Like today we had a route out there and one of the guys could have done something a little different and Taylor right away explained it to him and you see that just because of his background in this. I mean, he’s been in it since Minnesota when he was with the Vikings way back when. So, he’s got a very good knowledge of it. And you saw it during the regular season when he was the backup going up to players and explaining certain things to them. He’s very solid in this.”
Rivera said Dotson’s route running ability is one of the reasons why he’s such a good red zone threat. Knows how to put his body between the ball and the defender. “He runs very mature routes.”— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
One subtle aspect of Jahan Dotson's skill set that is really useful in the mind of Ron Rivera is how Dotson understands body positioning and how to ensure he's between the ball and the defender as much as possible. It's especially vital in the red zone— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 19, 2022
“Because of his route running ability. I think one thing that when you really watch him, and we saw this last year when we were scouting him, and you see he uses his body to be between himself, the ball and the defender. And when you can do that and you have a catch radius, you know, you can come up with contested balls, you present the type of target that a quarterback needs, it doesn’t matter where he throws it, he’s going to be able to go get it and protect it. And I think that’s one of the keys to his success. I think his route running because it’s very precise as well. He runs very mature routes It’s probably a good way to put it. You don’t see him cut a route short and you don’t see a guy throwing extra wiggler in there or anything like that. It’s get to where he needs to be, get to his depth, get to his area, and bam, turn around and present the target. Quarterbacks have confidence in that.”
Sam Cosmi at guard:
Asked Rivera about whether the coaches would consider moving Sam Cosmi to guard whenever he returns, with Cornelius Lucas remaining at RT. He seemed open to the possibility, but TBD. Cosmi's injured thumb among the variables. Cosmi "limited" today after sitting out last 2 games.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 19, 2022
LIVE: QB Taylor Heinicke speaks to the media after practice https://t.co/UOVi1UJ2LD— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) October 19, 2022
Starting last year:
Taylor Heinicke: “The biggest thing I took away from last year was just the experience.” pic.twitter.com/jxbnhMftKn— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 19, 2022
Taylor Heinicke feels like he’s “head and shoulders” above where he was when he was pushed into the starting lineup last year. Admits he was a “little overwhelmed” in 2021.— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 19, 2022
His popularity has grown too, he says— and that occasionally leads to landing free meals when he goes out pic.twitter.com/g3aHIswZIU
“I think the biggest thing I took away from last year was just the experience. I think the more reps you get in live games, the more comfortable you get. Starting 15 games last year, I feel a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident in what I need to do to win and what not to do, to lose. Obviously last year I threw 15 picks, that unacceptable. That’s the easiest way to lose games is turn the ball over. So if I can keep the ball in our possession, just move the chains and obviously against the Packers last year, we moved the ball, we got down to the red zone. We just couldn’t punch it in. So, against these guys, move the ball, get down in the red zone and score this time, I like our chances.”
What's been learned since last year:
Taylor Heinicke on what he’s learned since last season pic.twitter.com/mocpVQjLKL— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Heinicke has focused on fine tuning his mechanics since last season. Said he wasn't using his hips enough in his throws and called the motion similar to a golf swing. After spending time in Los Angeles this offseason and work on his own, he feels more comfortable with the motion— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
“Yeah, Obviously experience doesn’t really help you in the off season. There’s a couple things last year that I knew I needed to work on, whether it’s footwork or arm strength. I went out to Cali a couple times and worked with the same guy that Carson works with to try and improve on that. And I feel like I have. It’s still a work in progress, but something I work on every day.”
Playing the Packers again:
Heinicke is looking forward to playing the Packers, who he played against last season. Called playing at Lambeau a great experience— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
“Yeah, it’s cool. As many of you know, I was born a Green Bay fan. My dad’s from Wisconsin, so I grew up watching Brett Favre and Aaron Rogers. One of my last memories of me and my father was we got to watch a 2011 Super Bowl together and that’s when Green Bay won, and Aaron Rogers won that thing. So, to go up to Lambeau last year was super neat and to get the first start this year against, against Green Bay at home, it’s gonna be super cool. So, yeah, I’m excited for it.”
Carson Wentz injury:
Carson Wentz told Taylor Heinicke in the locker room he thought his finger was broken.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 19, 2022
Heinicke: "I said I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that, because I've got plans to go play golf in Norfolk."
“I was excited. A little anxious. I remember Carson telling me right after the game that he felt like he had a, a cracked finger and I told him I was gonna pretend like he didn’t say that to me. I had some plans to go play some golf down in Norfolk. Went down there and worked on my mechanics a little bit but no, you know, I was excited. It’s unfortunate that it had to come in these circumstances, but everyone in that locker room will would be lying to you if they said they weren’t excited to go play if it was their shot. I’m just trying to make the most of the opportunity.”
Heinicke said he understood and accepted the team going to trade for Wentz, but he continued to work hard and be ready for an opportunity if it came his way.— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
On Sunday, we'll see how that work pays off
“Yeah, I understood it and I get it. You’re always looking for the next best guy in this league and that’s the only way you get better. So, I understood it, I accepted it and I just kept working hard and that’s the only thing I could do. That’s the only thing I could control. So again, you know, throughout the whole off season I was like, I’m going to prepare, like I’m starting because who knows what’s going to happen. The NFL’s crazy game a hundred percent, the people in the NFL get hurt at some point. So again, it’s unfortunate that Carson got hurt, but here we are and you know, I’m excited to go play.”
Jahan Dotson/Curtis Samuel:
“Yeah, it’s huge. You guys see what Curtis can do. It’s amazing and I’ve been with him in Carolina, so the timing with me and him is I feel like it’s there, I know what to expect from him. Jahan, on the other hand, I haven’t got a lot of reps with him throughout the OTAs and off season. Carson [Wentz] was really working a lot with him but I feel comfortable with him. He’s a smart guy. He makes a lot of good plays and I feel like I have a lot of trust in him and I’m sure he has the same in me. So, it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be fun to have those guys out there and, and see what they can do.”
“J.D. is an awesome guy, not just on the field but in the locker room as well. He’s probably one of the most light guys on the team and he’s funny. Sometimes I’ll start saying a play and he’ll try and finish the play before I can finish it. He knows this offense, he knows what our reads are. If he could throw the ball, he could probably be a quarterback, but he’s a special part of this team and he brings a lot to the table, so it’s nice to have him.”
Taylor Heinicke believes there can be "film overload" when studying for an opponent.— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 19, 2022
Kyler Murray probably agrees
“I try not to think about it. My biggest thing when it comes to fans is I’ve always been a football fan. And again, I’ve always had dreams of being in the NFL. I remember when I was a kid and I went to Falcons training camp down in Georgia, and those players that took the time to take a picture with you or sign whatever you had, that meant a lot to me. So, it kind of made me dream about, ‘Hey, I wanna go to the NFL.’ It was cool. So, if I could just give that back to the kids, the fans, whoever they are. That’s just my way of kind of giving back. Yeah, it’s great having fans, people encouraging you, and hoping that you do well. Obviously you want that. So hopefully we can go out there on Sunday and give ‘em something to be proud of.”
Logan Thomas (calf) said he took a step forward today with his recovery. Will see how he feels tomorrow, but he's hopeful for Sunday.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 19, 2022
Commanders star Terry McLaurin on Colts owner Jim Irsay calling for owner Dan Snyder to sell the team. @wusa9 #HTTC— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) October 19, 2022
When asked if Dan Snyder’s situation has affected the locker room, Terry McLaurin said anything can be a distraction. If you get a flat tire, that can be a distraction, or you can move on.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 19, 2022
“It’s just a matter of how much you let that stuff seep in.” pic.twitter.com/K5zIsHvssU
Me - "Hey, I got here late. How's your hamstring? Are you expecting to play on Sunday?"— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 19, 2022
Jahan Dotson - "Taking it day by day"
Thanks for the almost scoop, Jahan
More tonight on @7NewsDC pic.twitter.com/5d6MC1QTQV
Carson Wentz/Taylor Heinicke:
Taylor Heinicke in for Carson Wentz.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 19, 2022
How big of an adjustment will this be for the @Commanders wide receivers?
Curtis Samuel said, "he's tough. With anybody that steps in, we have confidence"
More tonight on @7NewsDC pic.twitter.com/AS7pLL7lAS
Belongs in the NFL:
"It's reaffirming that I belong"— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 19, 2022
I love this from @Commanders CB @Benj_Juice!
The second year pro continues to get better each and every week.
Last week, he stepped up on the final play of the game, securing the win for Washington.
More tonight on @7NewsDC pic.twitter.com/SaBonycWDF
I had a nice chat with @Commanders CB @KeFu11er today in the locker room.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) October 19, 2022
We discussed a variety of topics from facing Aaron Rodgers to the improvement of the Washington defense.
More tonight on @7NewsDC . pic.twitter.com/puU33mlYGo
Jahan Dotson is stretching and in pads— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Jahan Dotson. pic.twitter.com/aZf45Zm0YQ— John Keim (@john_keim) October 19, 2022
Logan Thomas has a uniform on but no pads it looks like.— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Thin TE room today with FB Alex Armah back.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 19, 2022
Logan Thomas (calf) and John Bates (hamstring) not with the group.
And Sam Cosmi is in pads with a cast on his left hand— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Heinicke taking starting reps with Howell and Fromm behind him pic.twitter.com/NZVVxUJ8li— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022
Your new starting QB. Taylor Heinicke. #Commanders @wtop. pic.twitter.com/tJOu2DzmJF— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) October 19, 2022
On the side field: Logan Thomas, John Bates, Dyami Brown— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 19, 2022
On the side field: Logan Thomas, John Bates, Dyami Brown— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 19, 2022
McKissic and Robinson going through individual drills pic.twitter.com/2ncK37NOpk— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 19, 2022