4 critical observations from Commanders-Ravens joint practice No. 2

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Commanders can benefit from Sam Howell/Jahan Dotson connection

Sam Howell is growing in stature with every passing practice. Ron Rivera might not be ready to officially announce his QB1 for the Washington Commanders' season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but this supposed contest was over a long time ago looking at how things have unfolded so far.

Howell took another significant leap forward over joint practices against the Baltimore Ravens. He was assured on Day 1 and took full advantage of multiple cornerbacks missing the session today with a polished performance according to those in attendance and watching on the hosts' YouTube channel.

The rapid-fire release, ability to go through progressions, and making plays on the move were there for all to see. It's also becoming clear that his blossoming connection with Jahan Dotson is something that can propel the Commanders to great things next season and beyond.

Both are second-year players with a ton of talent. Both also know exactly how important they are to the team's success in the short and long term.

That's why developing this cohesion early in their careers is going to be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Considering how Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel are also coming along throughout Washington's preparations, this offense could be set for significant strides under Eric Bieniemy's guidance in 2023.

Of course, the offensive line is critical. But the Commanders might be on to something with Howell manning the plate.