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Commanders' Sam Howell 'happy' to be teammates with Carson Wentz, Taylor Heinicke

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 2022-06-28
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Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) and quarterback Carson Wentz (11) stand on the field during drills on Day 1 of minicamp. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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."

"If you’re paying someone $30 million and you’re paying someone else $2 million — you’re paying this guy $30 million to play, you know?" Heinicke remarked at that time.

Behind both Wentz and Heinicke on the Washington depth chart is rookie and fifth-round draft selection Sam Howell. Back in May, Commanders offensive coordinator Scott Turner vowed Howell will "get opportunities" in training camp sessions that begin late next month. The 21-year-old recently noted he's excited to learn from Wentz and Heinicke.

"They’re both great guys. I’m just happy to be somewhere where there’s two really good quarterbacks in my room," Howell said, per Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk. "They’re helping me out a lot — they’ve given me a lot of good advice. They’re both really talented guys. I’m happy to be in the room with those guys and compete each and every day."

Disaster likely would have to strike Washington for Howell to take a single snap in a meaningful game during his debut pro season, but he added he's "going to embrace my role" and do his best to get acclimated to life in the NFL.

"Do everything I can to just try and get better each and every day. And when my name is called, I’ll be ready," he said.

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