Sam Howell Jan 8, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell (14) passes the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Commanders had a revolving door at quarterback in 2022, with three different players getting starts.

But the team is expected to part ways with veteran Carson Wentz, who started seven games this season, and Taylor Heinicke (nine starts) may test free agency.

That would leave one man standing in the QB room: Sam Howell, the fifth-round pick last year. Howell has exactly one game of NFL experience, his start in the season finale win over the Dallas Cowboys.

A report last month suggested the Commanders would not seek another veteran or use their No. 16 overall pick to draft a QB. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera confirmed to the NFL Network Wednesday that Howell will get the first crack at the job.

“I know this — we will go into OTAs, mini-camp, and training camp with Sam Howell more than likely as QB1 and we’ll see what happens,” Rivera said. “It’s his opportunity, this is a challenge to him. If he comes out and does the things he’s capable of, that we believe he’s capable of, he can most certainly be our guy.”

Yet Rivera somewhat qualified his comments, mentioning there will be “competition” for the spot.

“But we’ll find out, and again, that’s what competition is going to do, bring out the best in all of our guys,” Rivera said.

Howell played reasonably well in his lone start, completing 11-of-19 passes for 169 yards with a touchdown and interception, and adding 35 rushing yards. But stepping in as a full-time starter with limited experience will be a totally different experience. This should be interesting.

[NFL Network]

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