Commanders News: Chase Young trade, draft day, CB riser and Sam Howell

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Commanders remain confident in Sam Howell

While drafting a quarterback would be surprising, it cannot be dismissed entirely. Much will depend on how Eric Bieniemy perceives the Washington Commanders’ current options, but it would be a shock if this was the route those in power went all things considered.

Although Ron Rivera has declared his confidence in Sam Howell as the former fifth-round pick looks set to assume command under center, it’ll still be a nervous wait for the quarterback. Especially considering how much time Bieniemy has spent running the rule over Hendon Hooker throughout the evaluation process.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated also revealed that Marty Hurney has advocated for Anthony Richardson, but he might be long gone by No. 16 overall. However, according to Peter Schrager of NFL Network/FOX Sports, the Commanders are happy with Howell and are not going to deviate from their original plan.

This seems like the best course of action at this stage. Howell and Jacoby Brissett will push each other throughout camp and if neither works out, then the 2024 class is loaded with prospects that could become franchise-changers unless something drastic occurs next season.

Rivera won’t be around to see in this new era if Howell fluffs his lines. But there is clearly a belief within the building that the one-time North Carolina standout can make the most of this outstanding opportunity.