4 major observations from Sam Howell's performance at the Cowboys in Week 12

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Commanders must build around Sam Howell

Sam Howell is doing a good job in difficult circumstances. There were a few throws he'd like to have back from their loss at the Dallas Cowboys, but it was a solid outing overall despite getting almost no help from elsewhere.

It doesn't matter who the head coach or general manager in 2024 might be, the message should be clear. That's to build around Howell, give him everything he could possibly need to thrive, and allow a proper evaluation of his long-term prospects during next year's campaign.

This all starts up front on both sides of the football. Finding a complete tight end would also help - as would another pass-catcher in the wide receiver room to go alongside Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson if Curtis Samuel departs in free agency.

Then, and only then, can Howell reach his potential. One could argue he's performing well above expectations in the situation he's in, but nothing can be said with any guarantee about his future with so many changes on the immediate horizon.

Once again, Howell was one of the very few Washington Commanders players to emerge with any semblance of credit. Although the record-breaking pick-six conceded to cornerback DaRon Bland was a bleak moment and one that highlights the hard work ahead where the second-year-pro is concerned.

Howell's shown enough with a suspect supporting cast. The Commanders must now do right by him this offseason no matter who's calling the shots.