Sam Howell's Pro Bowl case
Sam Howell currently sits at No. 10 among quarterbacks in Pro Bowl voting. That might not be enough to get in right now, but there's still a long way to go and fans can make a supreme difference.
The Washington Commanders must be pleased overall by what they've seen from Howell during his first season as the starting quarterback. It's been a rollercoaster at times, but all the traits normally associated with long-term options under center are there for all to see.
What comes over the next few games might be the difference between Howell getting a shot to start again in 2024 or not. But for now, senior team writer Zach Selby pointed to the signal-caller's growth and overcoming adversity as primary reasons why the former fifth-round pick should go to the Pro Bowl.
"[Sam] Howell has managed to handle the situation well enough, despite his growing pains in other areas like holding the ball for too long. With four games left on the Commanders' schedule, he is second in passing yards (3,466) and 14th in completion rate (65.8%). There are moments when Howell shows that his development is far from over, but there have also been plays that show just how high his ceiling can be. One week after tossing four interceptions against the Bills, he completed 29 of his 41 passes attempts for 290 yards and a touchdown that tied the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of regulation."- Zach Selby, Commanders.com
While the distinction has gained less notoriety in recent years, Howell making the Pro Bowl could boost his hopes of getting another year under center despite wholesale changes upcoming this offseason. Something that might lead to even greater production if the offensive line improves.