Sam Howell leads Commanders on game-winning drive
Whether the Washington Commanders lucked into Sam Howel during the 2022 NFL Draft or not is moot. At the end of the day, they were the ones who ended his dramatic slide and could now reap some long-term benefits as a result.
As it stands right now, Howell is looking like the best signal-caller from that class by a considerable margin. All signs point to the Commanders moving forward with the former fifth-round selection long-term, although much will also depend on whether a new general manager or head coach holds the same belief if Josh Harris' ownership group goes in this direction.
Howell's growing in confidence, getting rave reviews from analysts and former players, and is also receiving glowing recommendations from his teammates. That will mean more than anything else, but there is a lot of football left for this to change.
Sunday's game at Lumen Field presents another challenge for Howell. This will be the most deafening atmosphere he's experienced so far, which could mean Eric Bieniemy has to alter the ways calls come into the signal-caller depending on how things unfold early.
The one-time North Carolina stud must also get his message across in the huddle quickly and effectively, making sure every single player is on the same page. Clock management will be equally as important as his distribution.
There's a growing belief that the Commanders have a chance against anybody with Howell. If he gets the opportunity to close with the game at stake late on, don't be surprised if he grabs it with both hands.