QB Sam Howell ’embracing’ role as backup: ‘I will be ready when my name is called’

Commanders rookie quarterback Sam Howell is adjusting to life as a backup.

“Probably the last time was I played in the All-Star game when I was in 7th grade,” Howell said earlier this month, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington. “The son of coach played quarterback. I played defensive end. So that’s the only time in my life I haven’t been the starting quarterback.”

Once projected as a potential early-round draft pick, Howell fell to the 5th round, where Washington scooped him up. He was a three-year starter at North Carolina, completing 63.8% of his passes for 10282 yards with 23 interceptions and 92 touchdowns. The QB also rushed for 1009 yards on 369 attempts with an additional 17 touchdowns.

Washington traded for Carson Wentz this offseason to be new starting quarterback. Taylor Heinicke returns as the backup. That puts Howell in 3rd slot heading towards training camp.

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