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

How did Sam Howell fare during his second road regular-season game?

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Sam Howell's poise

As previously stated, Lincoln Financial Field is one of the most intimidating places to play football. And considering the struggles Sam Howell went through during his previous outing, the jury was still out to whether or not he'd cope.

Thankfully for the player and the Washington Commanders, Howell is a calm, cool figure both on and off the field. He has the ability to move from one play to the next quickly no matter how it unfolds, which was a trait he desperately needed to trigger in this one.

Howell looked poised for the most part, which was encouraging. Of course, some plays went better than others, but the fact he held firm in the face of intense pressure should be proof positive of his credentials to potentially evolve into a franchise player at the position.

The offensive scheme seemed a lot more balanced, which helped. Howell also looked like he was seeing the field more effectively than the previous week, which represents a sign of growth going up against a defensive unit that's widely regarded as one of the league's most prolific.

It wasn't perfect - nobody expects it to be at this stage in only Howell's fifth career start. But this was much more like it in terms of poise, clock management, and taking what the defense gave him.