Most of the headlines about the Washington Commanders recently have revolved around the franchise's change in ownership. As offseason workouts ramp up, football fans in the nation's capital finally have some on-field topics to talk about.
One of the developing stories is the progress of second-year quarterback and presumed starter Sam Howell.
Chris Russell, a local radio host for The Team 980, gave Commanders fans something to be excited about after evaluating Howell at practice.
“Sam Howell is going to be good at times. He is going to be really good at times,” Russell said. “I’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks come and go over the years. I’ve been around this team for 14 years now. I’ve seen a lot of crappy quarterbacks come and go. He ain’t one of those guys.”
The Commanders have had a lot of signal-callers over the last 14 seasons, and some of them have indeed, for lack of a better word, been “crappy.” 18 different quarterbacks started a game for Washington over the last 14 seasons, including the likes of Carson Wentz, Rex Grossman and Mark Sanchez.
Howell started one game as a rookie in 2022, completing 11 of his 19 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for another score, leading the Commanders to a 26-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The Commanders brought in veteran Jacoby Brissett to challenge for the starting job but likely view Sam Howell as the guy heading into training camp. The sky could be the limit for Howell and the Commanders' offense under new coordinator Eric Bieniemy in 2023.