Commanders Reveal Starting QB Plans for 2023

Tyler Maher
The Washington Commanders have revealed their starting quarterback plan for 2023.
The Washington Commanders have revealed their starting quarterback plan for 2023. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Washington Commanders' 2022 season was defined by inconsistency. They opened the year 1-4, then won six of their next seven to surge into playoff contention. They ultimately collapsed down the stretch, however, missing the postseason after going 1-3-1 over their final five games.

Instability at quarterback was a major reason for Washington's volatile performance as Carson Wentz, Taylor Heinicke and Sam Howell all started games under center. After a season of uncertainty at QB, the Commanders have clarified their plans for the position for 2023.

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Howell, who started the team's regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, is expected to open 2023 as Washington's starting QB. The team apparently likes the 22-year-old's upside and wants to give him a chance to see what he can do.

The fifth-round draft pick held his own against a tough Cowboys defense during Week 18, completing 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in his NFL debut. He also showed off his mobility on the ground, rushing five times for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Commanders' 26-6 victory.

It was a good start for Howell, who has the potential to improve in 2023 now that he has an NFL season under his belt. Washington has been searching for a franchise quarterback since Kirk Cousins left after the 2017 season and hopes it has found a long-term solution in Howell.

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