Sam Howell is coming along nicely
It wasn't pretty at times, but a strong first half gave Sam Howell and the Washington Commanders the platform they needed to end a concerning three-game losing streak. Something they can hopefully build upon during a stretch of winnable contests heading into the midseason point.
Howell is coming along nicely, there's no getting away from that. The sacks aren't ideal, but the quarterback made much better decisions and never really put the football in harm's way even when pressure arrived.
The Commanders remain in the wild card hunt, which is pleasing at this juncture. Howell deserves enormous credit for the way he's seizing this big opportunity and unless there's a drastic drop-off, can feel confident about his chances of becoming the team's No. 1 option for the foreseeable future.
There are times when things stutter. But the most important thing from Howell's standpoint is his ability to move on from one play to the next regardless of how the previous one turned out.
Howell is only going to get better, one would think. His connection with wide receiver Terry McLaurin continues to flourish and once others also begin taking chances - Dyami Brown and Jahan Dotson had two disappointing drops for big gains - the gunslinger will improve further.
There's a long way to go for Howell. But it's so far, so good through six weeks.