Commanders WR Terry McLaurin on QB Sam Howell: ‘He really guided us’

Sam Howell spent most of the 2022 NFL season on the Washington Commanders exhibition team before starting their Week 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys, helping them win 26–6.

Fast forward about five months and Howell is the team’s starting quarterback with the stellar support of their No. 1 pick. 1 Wide receiver, Terry McLaurin.

McLaurin, who finished his third straight season with over 1,000 yards and made his first appearance in Pro Bowl games, praised Howell’s intuition.

“I think Sam has a very quiet faith in him,” McLaurin said on the Commanders team website. “He’s not going to tell people what to do, but when he goes on the field he knows what he’s doing.”

In the aforementioned Week 18 win over Dallas, Howell totaled 169 passing yards, one passing touchdown, one interception, and an 83.0 passer rating, completing 57.9% of his passes. He also ran for 35 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown.

McLaurin praised Howell for helping Washington win in a short amount of time, saying, “It shows a lot about who he is and his ability to prepare.”

The commanders selected Howell with no. 144 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by North Carolina, where he was the 2019–21 starting quarterback.

Last season, Washington alternated quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke due to a combination of injuries and inconsistency in the team’s first 16 games. While the Commanders signed veteran QB Jacoby Brissett to a one-year contract in March, Howell enters training camp as the favorite to get the starting nod.

The sophomore quarterback listens to former Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bienemi, who moved on to become Washington’s assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. Regardless of who starts, this will be the sixth straight season for the Commanders to have a new Week 1 quarterback. Since the departure of Kirk Cousins ​​following the 2017 season as a free agent, Washington has started Alex Smith, Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Wentz in Week 1 at quarterback.

McLaurin sees confidence as a hallmark of Washington’s young signal caller.

“He’s got a lot of confidence in his ability and he’s not afraid to give people a chance to play,” McLaurin said. “You can really see that he has good football grip, especially for a young guy who comes with quite a challenging attack.

He’s really guided us a lot this off-season.”

Washington is coming off an 8–8–1 season, finishing last in the NFC East division with three teams that made the playoffs (Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants).

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