“He did a good job, he did well,” that is how Chris Cooley summed up in one sentence Sam Howell’s performance in his first NFL start Sunday against Dallas.
Cooley a guest on the “Kevin Sheehan Show” podcast Monday, continued to offer a film breakdown review of the game as well.
Here are some of Cooley’s evaluations of Sam Howell’s first game.
“I thought he played well. Take away that one pick he would like back; for the most part, I thought he was pretty consistent.”
“His accuracy was good other than one screen throw and a deep ball to Terry McLaurin that was underthrown a little bit.”
“He threw two deep balls later down the field. One to Dotson that was dropped, that was a really good ball, and another one to Terry that was an excellent ball.”
“Although he didn’t make a ton of throws vertically down the field, he did make three or four down the field that were essentially pretty good throws.”
“The crossing route throws he hit; he hit guys on the move in stride. He had a drop by Terry that would have been a conversion (first down). He looked really good athletically. The kid can get out and run. You saw that with the zone-read touchdown, making good cuts, fearless cuts.”
“He had a couple of good third-down scrambles where he ends up converting. I thought, for the most part, he ran the offense with good tempo. He looked comfortable in the pocket; he looked like he belonged there. The moment wasn’t too big (for him).”
“The moment was huge for him. He definitely felt nervous, and felt pressure. I think he performed in the moment while he felt pressure. I would have liked to have seen him throw the ball more.”