Commanders must enhance Sam Howell's development
It's not been perfect from a production standpoint where Sam Howell is concerned. Nobody expected it to be, but the Washington Commanders must continue to enhance his development over the final four games of the 2023 season.
Howell looks like someone who could potentially be a franchise-caliber presence under center. He's been one of the few bright spots from an otherwise dismal season. Considering the difficult circumstances, this is a fantastic accomplishment from someone navigating their first campaign as an NFL starter.
Some areas of Howell's game need further refinement. But overall, there's been a lot to like about his growth working with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and quarterbacks coach Tavita Pritchard closely.
Doing everything in their power to make sure Howell finishes the campaign positively is of critical importance. It could also have significant ramifications attached in terms of the former fifth-round pick's depth chart status beyond the current campaign.
Howell deserves the chance to at least fight for the QB1 gig in 2024 depending on what the Commanders decide to do during the draft. One could even make an argument for building around the North Carolina product to get a better evaluation of his skill set.
Maintaining and progressing Howell is the biggest remaining objective for the Commanders. Easier said than done behind such a porous offensive line, but putting in the hard yards now could reap rewards later.