Commanders News: Sam Howell, Terry McLaurin, Mark Ein and Ron Rivera

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

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Commanders QB Sam Howell's growth

Sam Howell is currently going through some significant learning curves about what it takes to succeed against elite-level defenses around the NFL. Things haven't been easy for the former fifth-round selection, but nobody expected it to be given how dominant the Washington Commanders' defense will undoubtedly become under Jack Del Rio's guidance in 2023.

This is a time for ironing out kinks, brushing up on the offensive demands of Eric Bieniemy, and seeing what does or doesn't work in a more relaxed setting. It's not been perfect from Howell, but wide receiver Terry McLaurin is seeing the growth needed for the signal-caller to potentially be productive based on his comments via John Keim of ESPN.

"He just has a really good feel of throwing the ball down the field. He's going to give guys a chance to make the play down the field and he throws a really nice deep ball. It's really cool to see a young guy who's not afraid to continue to give his guys catches or guys opportunities down the field."You really don't even see him get flustered even when he's had a few, maybe rough patches during practice. He doesn't hang his head. He's not yelling, cussing things like that. He said he's pretty even keel, which is really unique for a young guy like that."

Terry McLaurin via ESPN

Howell isn't going to face many defenses better than Washington's when the regular season begins. Therefore, any indifferent performances at practice need a level of context attached - especially considering he's still learning with just one career start under his belt.

This is a massive journey into the unknown for Howell. And make no mistake, he has the weight of the franchise on his young shoulders.