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Daily Slop – 15 May 24: Commanders release a quarterback as OTAs get underway

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What S Dominique Hampton brings to the Washington Commanders

Breaking down what the Commanders are getting from their fifth round linebacker

With his body type and having studied how Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. make use of their defensive personnel, Hampton seems like a prime candidate to shift down more into the box as a big nickel/dime linebacker type of role. He has the size to be able to handle playing closer to the box, but the athletic ability to still match up well in coverage against tight ends and running backs. In fact it’s that coverage ability that stood out to me when watching him. He can be a little inconsistent and too grabby at times, but he’s someone that can match up against tight ends in man coverage and hold his own.

Hampton likes to be physical with his coverage. He sometimes is a little too physical and has a tendency to grab onto receivers down the field that he will need to correct, but certainly the ability to line up and press a big athletic receiving tight end is a unique and appealing trait.


Washington Post (paywall)

What we learned about the Commanders’ offense on the first day of OTAs

Kliff Kingsbury, Jayden Daniels and the rest of the offense were on the field together Tuesday. This is what we saw.

Kingsbury, who dislikes the “Air Raid” label, said he’s still building his offense. He wants the scheme to maximize rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels, to be “Year 1 of the Commanders’ offense and not Year 5 of the Arizona Cardinals’.” But tight end Zach Ertz, who played for Kingsbury in Arizona, acknowledged his coach will probably stick with some core concepts that others have called “Air Raid-adjacent.”

So Kingsbury must balance aiding Daniels with old favorites and challenging him with new concepts.

Pass/run split

Kingsbury almost certainly will run the ball more than predecessor Eric Bieniemy. But during the offseason program, which is roughly a dozen workouts with mostly limited contact, the Commanders will focus on passing.

Coach Dan Quinn praised Daniels’s hard work in learning the system and said the team is choosing drills that maximize his reps. A lingering question: How often will Kingsbury design runs for Daniels as opposed to letting him find big gains via scrambles?

Jayden Daniels has a new offense to learn. (Simon Bruty for The Washington Post)

Shotgun

Get ready for a lot of shotgun. Daniels took most of his snaps there Tuesday. He is comfortable in the shotgun — he used it 92.8 percent of the time during his college career, per TruMedia — and has two coaches on staff who believe it can force opposing defenses to respect the quarterback as a runner.

Kingsbury could lean on the pistol formation to create a hard play-action fake without going under center.

Protection

Two criticisms of Kingsbury’s offense in Arizona: He didn’t marry run and pass concepts well, and his protection plans were simplistic. Kingsbury hired a few key coaches, seemingly to help address those concerns, and has been “really impressed” by Daniels’s advanced understanding of how to adjust the offensive line.

“A lot of guys coming into the league, [protection is] not an area that they majored in in college,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of time. It’s four hours per day. They have rules. But he’s really well-versed in the protections, and he works at it.”

Commanders.com

OTA notebook | Jayden Daniels ‘intentional in everything he does’

“He’s intentional in everything he does, which I like,” offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said after practice. “That’s what we had heard about him coming up, and that’s what he’s been since he’s been here.”

Daniels is months away from making his professional debut in September. He’s not officially named the starting quarterback, although the belief is that he’ll be ready to take on that role soon. The Commanders are slow playing his development, insisting that he’ll be under center when the time is right.

For now, his goals are simple: learn as much as possible and get adjusted to the NFL. Kingsbury has seen him embrace both in their short time together.

“We’ve only had him a couple days, but he works really hard at it,” Kingsbury said of his quarterback.

He was consistently praised for his improvement year to year at Arizona State and LSU — something that stood out to Kingsbury on film as a sign that he was putting in the work. Little stock should be put in the non-contact drills that were run during rookie minicamp, but Daniels looked the part as a No. 2 pick, showing poise and command as he went 12-for-12 on throws in seven-on-seven drills.

There’s a reason why Daniels looks so comfortable in practice, despite being only a few days into learning the system; he has a plan for everything.

“He has a plan for studying. He has a plan for practice. He has a plan for watching film,” Kingsbury said. “He knows what he wants to be and where he wants to go. To be that young and come in there with that mindset is really encouraging.”


Washington Post (paywall)

What we know so far about the NFL schedule release

The NFL will release its regular season schedule Wednesday night. Here’s what we know so far.

Here is this year’s divisional rotation:

  • AFC East: vs. AFC South, NFC West
  • AFC North: AFC West, NFC East
  • AFC South: AFC East, NFC North
  • AFC West: AFC North, NFC South
  • NFC East: NFC South, AFC North
  • NFC North: NFC West, AFC South
  • NFC South: NFC East, AFC West
  • NFC West: NFC North, AFC East

Based on this year’s setup, the schedule will feature nine playoff rematches (including all four second-round games from last season), rematches of both conference championship games plus a Super Bowl rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

The 2024 NFL international games

There will be five games played outside the United States. In the first one, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Green Bay Packers on Friday, Sept. 6, in São Paulo, Brazil, in the first NFL game to be played in South America. The other international games: Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets (Oct. 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London); Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 13 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium); Jaguars vs. New England Patriots (Oct. 20 at Wembley Stadium in London); Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants (Nov. 10 at Allianz Arena in Munich).

The 2024 NFL games we know so far

The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will host the Baltimore Ravens to open the season Thursday, Sept. 5, in a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game. NBC will televise the game.

A Week 1 showdown

The Dallas Cowboys will visit the Cleveland Browns at 4:25 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 8, the Sunday of Week 1. The game will feature the color-commentary debut of Tom Brady, who will call the game with play-by-play partner Kevin Burkhardt in the Fox booth.

The “Monday Night Football” opener

The San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets will play in the first “Monday Night Football” game of the season Sept. 9 at 8:15 p.m. Eastern in Santa Clara, Calif. The Jets will hope history does not repeat itself after quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles’ tear on the fourth offensive play of last season’s MNF opener.

The Week 2 TNF opener

Week 2 will kick off with a game between the Bills and Miami Dolphins in South Florida on Sept. 12 at 8:15 p.m. Eastern, the season’s first “Thursday Night Football” game to stream on Amazon’s Prime Video.


Commanders.com

One big thing to know about each QB on Washington’s schedule

Cleveland Browns

  • Deshaun Watson
  • Record: 5-1
  • 105-171, 1,115 yards, 7 TDs, 4 INTs
  • QBR: 42.9
  • Passer rating: 84.3
  • One big thing: Although injuries have made life difficult for Watson since being traded to Cleveland, things have not gone as intended for the former Pro Bowl quarterback. His touchdown rates in 2022 and 2023 (both 4.1%), QBR (40.4 in 2022) and success rate (41.6 in 2022 and 38.3 in 2023) are the lowest of his career.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Russell Wilson
  • Record: 7-8
  • 297-447, 3,070 yards, 26 TDs, 8 INTs
  • QBR: 50.7
  • Passer rating: 50.7
  • One big thing: Wilson isn’t cooking the same way he was for most of his career, when he was elected to nine Pro Bowls in 10 years, but he’s still got some of that magic in him. He had four fourth-quarter comebacks in 2023, which led all quarterbacks last season.

Commanders.com

11 things to know about Washington’s 11 UDFAs

11. Colson Yankoff

Yankoff was a reserve player on offense for most of his college career. He was a standout on special teams, though, and he’ll likely compete as the Commanders’ return specialist in training camp.

Yankoff didn’t return kicks until last season, but it turns out that he has a knack for the job. He returned 16 kicks in 2023, recording 334 yards and season-long of 30 yards. Yankoff was one of the best return specialists in the Pac-12, as his total yardage ranked fifth in the conference.


Pro Football Talk

Commanders to work out Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant has a workout scheduled with the Commanders for Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC reports.

The Cowboys released Bryant last week.

Bryant, 32, was reinstated to the league last year after his indefinite suspension began in 2018. He signed with Dallas’ practice squad late in the season but did not appear in a regular-season game. The Cowboys released him from the practice squad in January, but he later signed a futures deal with the team.

Bryant has not appeared in an NFL game since 2018, when he caught 19 passes for 266 yards in eight games for the Raiders. The Steelers drafted Bryant with a fourth-round pick in 2014.


Podcasts & videos



Locked on Commanders: Washington Commanders Questions as OTAs Begin: Jayden Daniels, New Coaches, Veterans and Depth Chart


OTA Day One: Jayden Daniels, Full Squad Attendance and Standouts



Photos

Commanders.com

PHOTOS | OTAs, 05/14

The rookies and veterans were on the field for the first time as they began OTA practices. Check out the top photos of Jayden Daniels working with Terry McLaurin, Brian Robinson and more.





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Giants will aim to keep unbeaten streak in Europe alive vs. Panthers

Giants are 3-0 in international games

The New York Giants are unbeaten when playing in Europe, and will hope to keep that streak alive when they face the Carolina Panthers at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on Sunday, November 10.

The Giants announced that game, the first officially announced as part of their 2024 schedule, Thursday morning.

The full NFL schedule release will be at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The schedule should drip out throughout the day.


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