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Jacoby Brissett wants to be Commanders QB1

While all the hype has been centered on Sam Howell ahead of his anticipated transition to the starting quarterback role, the presence of Jacoby Brissett has been relatively overlooked. The veteran joined the Washington Commanders in free agency on a one-year deal with $7.5 million guaranteed, which is pretty decent backup money if the 2022 fifth-round selection does get the nod.

Brissett kept things ticking over impressively with the Cleveland Browns last season until Deshaun Watson was permitted to return from his lengthy suspension. So even though the primary objective is to support Howell, the former third-round pick is also looking to stake his own starting claim throughout the summer.

This is a topic Brissett discussed when probed during his recent media availability. Based on his comments via Hunter Hodies of The Spun, it's all part of the competition that makes the NFL so great.

"I wouldn’t be here if it was something else. If I thought otherwise, then I’d have a problem. Anybody that steps on the field, we’re all in competition. Somebody is trying to take our jobs, somebody’s trying to earn a job. That’s what it is every day in this league. I’ve been in this league a while and that has always stuck with me and this year is no different."

Jacoby Brissett via The Spun

Ron Rivera has said previously that it would be a genuine competition between both quarterbacks and who comes out on top will play in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. That might be Howell, but the Commanders also have an extremely dependable No. 2 if that's the role Brissett is allocated initially.