4 Commanders players who need a monster offseason in 2023

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Sam Howell – Commanders QB

The brief glimpse of Sam Howell under center in 2022 was clearly enough to install confidence in his potential as a long-term starter. Ron Rivera is planning for the quarterback to be atop the depth chart for OTAs and the presence of Eric Bieniemy on the staff is something else that could lead to encouraging growth from the second-year-pro.

The Washington Commanders appear to be placing a tremendous amount of faith in Howell. But influential figures within the organization would be wise to bring in a veteran or another development project from the college ranks in case expectations cannot be met.

Howell has the arm talent, composure, and mentality to seize this opportunity with both hands. However, this all starts by putting in the hard yards throughout the upcoming preparation period.

Becoming a sponge under Bieniemy’s guidance is a good place to start. Howell must also learn to go through his reads quicker and continue evolving as a leader within the locker room despite his lack of NFL experience.

If Howell shines and becomes the long-term option at football’s most critical position, it’s a win-win. Especially considering how cheap the player’s contract is after dropping into the fifth-round last year.

What comes next is down to Howell. But having Bieniemy around is going to give him every chance of excelling as a sophomore.

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