Commanders select Sam Howell as starting QB for preseason opener

Washington Commanders

Sam Howell has been chosen by the Washington Commanders to take on the role of starting quarterback for the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Drafted in 2022

Having been drafted in 2022, Howell now has the opportunity to showcase his capabilities after serving as a backup to both Wentz and Heinicke.

Wentz and Heinicke

The Commanders are in the midst of a transition away from Wentz and Heinicke, opting to invest in the experience of veteran Brissett alongside the promising potential of rising star Howell.

Demonstrate progress

With his last season statistics revealing a 58% completion rate, 169 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, Howell is eager to demonstrate progress and growth.

Impress coaching staff

Securing the starting position for Week 1 of the preseason provides Howell with a platform to impress the coaching staff, potentially positioning him favorably against Brissett.


The coaching team's decision to grant Howell the starting role underlines their belief in his untapped potential and their intention to nurture his development.

Commanders gear up

As the Commanders gear up for a preseason face-off against the Browns, they remain committed to evaluating their quarterback options and determining the optimal fit for their upcoming challenges.

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