The Washington Commanders made an interesting move when they traded multiple day two picks for quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz ended the 2021 season in such a catastrophic way, that it’s a surprising any team was willing to trade that much for him. Especially when you factor in the massive contract that Wentz is under. The Commanders obviously believed that Wentz could be the guy at quarterback. Do they still believe that after seeing him in action?
The Washington Commanders were long expected to draft a quarterback this year. The only question was when they’d take one. The Carson Wentz trade admittedly took them out of the running for one of the top prospects, but that might go down as a blessing in disguise given it helped them net Sam Howell in Round 5 and none of this year’s top QBs look special.
Howell was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft this year.
Not as a slight to Howell, but nobody wants to see him on the field in his first NFL season
The Washington Commanders selected quarterback Sam Howell betting on the upside after he showed significant promise in his college career.
Sam Howell embracing backup role with Commanders, his first year not starting since the seventh grade
Quarterback Sam Howell says he has been a starter every year since he was in the seventh grade, but this year things will be different. The Washington Commanders fifth-round pick says he is adapting to life as something other than QB1. Talking about the last time he was in this...
Washington Commanders rookie quarterback Sam Howell is adjusting to life as a backup. "Probably the last time (I wasn't the starter) was I played in an All-Star game when I was in seventh grade," Howell said earlier this month, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington. "The coach's son played quarterback. I actually played defensive end. So that's probably the only time in my life I haven't been the starting quarterback."
One thing for sure about the Washington Commanders this summer is that they aren't dealing with anything resembling a quarterback controversy. Washington traded with the Indianapolis Colts for veteran Carson Wentz in March, and Commanders head coach Ron Rivera repeatedly gushed over Wentz throughout the springtime months. Additionally, backup signal-caller Taylor Heinicke generated headlines when he explained earlier this month that he won't be competing with Wentz for the starting gig this summer because "the NFL’s a business."