Things can still change before the season starts, including pulling off a change behind center before opening weekend.
No, it’s not like the Commanders will be going back to Taylor Heinicke as their starter.
Instead, they are giving rookie quarterback Sam Howell a serious look.
Sam Howell has been taking reps vs. the 1's 👀 pic.twitter.com/3MbGLaqcKZ
— NBC Sports Commanders (@NBCSCommanders) August 18, 2022
When a reporter asked Washington head coach Ron Rivera about what they are looking at when Howell takes reps with the starters, he said, “Just how he handles it. Does he step up to the plate? That’s what you want to see. You want to see guys take it to another level. It’s one of those sayings that if you never throw them in there, you will never find out.”
For now, Howell need not worry about playing time because Wentz and Heinicke will share the load.
However, Washington may have lofty expectations for him even if he was selected in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
After all, he has been the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2019 and Second-Team All-ACC in 2020.
Howell Hopes To Bring His College Game To The Pros
Before being drafted by Washington, Howell set North Carolina’s record for most touchdown passes in a season.
He also had the most passing yards (10,283) and touchdowns (92) in the school’s history.
In his first year with the Tar Heels, Howell finished with 3,641 yards and 38 touchdowns.
In year two, he had 3,586 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Howell finished his collegiate career with 3,056 yards and 24 touchdowns.
He threw at least one touchdown pass in every game that he played.
It’s that consistency that the Commanders hope for from him if he were to eventually take over.