The Washington Commanders quarterback situation is an interesting one. After moving on from Taylor Heinicke, the team has been committed to Sam Howell. They signed Jacoby Brissett in free agency but he has shown he is best in a backup role. Many have wondered whether the team could trade up for a quarterback or take one with the number 16 overall pick. This does not seem to be the case as GM Martin Mayhew seems happy with the quarterback room.
Washington Commanders Quarterback Situation
In a pre-draft interview, Mayhew spoke about how he felt about the quarterback room. Clearly, he isn’t as panicked as some analysts are.
“As far as the quarterback position goes, we feel very comfortable with the guys we have,” Mayhew said. “If you think about it, we have a young guy in Sam that coming out at one point was rated very high. We were fortunate, we believe, to get him where we got him.”
Howell is an interesting player. His college stats are really good where he threw for over 10,000 yards and 90 touchdowns in three years at North Carolina. The question is whether he can translate that to the pros.
Should They Be Comfortable?
I don’t fault the team for not trading up for a quarterback. Mortgaging the future means that you really have to like a guy. If the team doesn’t like a player, they shouldn’t trade up for him. Then you have prospects like Hendon Hooker who come with their own baggage even if they are there at pick number 16. I personally never mind seeing what a young quarterback can do especially with a good supporting cast. Washington might also be looking toward the 2024 class. If Howell works out, great! They have their quarterback of the future. If not, they can try and get their quarterback next year.
The Washington Commanders are also in a tricky spot because of the ownership change. No one wants to make any big splashy moves while there is so much in flux. I’m cheering for Howell. Hopefully, he can be the quarterback of the future and bring the Commanders back to relevance.
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