Commanders could have an X-factor in Sam Howell
While there is an extremely small sample size in terms of NFL production to go off, the Washington Commanders are expecting Sam Howell to become a dynamic X-factor under center. This is a big challenge, but one he must grasp with both hands.
Howell was seen as a gunslinger in college despite not having the greatest arm strength. He accumulated more than 10,000 passing yards over three seasons with the North Carolina Tar Heels, which goes along with 92 touchdowns and an average passer efficiency rating of 164.2.
Considering that 2021 was seen as a down year for Howell after losing all his primary playmakers to the NFL, it seems almost unbelievable he made it down to No. 144 overall before the Commanders swooped. Having this chip on his shoulder is an extra motivation that can inspire Washington's new No. 1, who could be the spark that ignites Eric Bieniemy's offense to a postseason berth and potentially beyond.
Again, that is a lofty bar to aim for. A scenario could emerge where everything goes wrong for Howell, but he might just possess enough exciting traits that provide some much-needed stability at football's most important position.
As the old saying goes, it's a leap of faith from the Commanders. One that comes with feast or famine consequences attached.