If you wanted Sam Howell to get some work on Monday night, you got your wish.
Howell, playing the first half against the Ravens in the Commanders’ second preseason game, attempted 25 first-half passes.
And why not? My goodness, Howell has only appeared in one regular-season game. He is learning a new offense with a new offensive coordinator. Howell needed game reps tonight, and he was able to complete 19 of his 25 passing attempts for 188 yards, two passing touchdowns and a 123.4 passer rating.
I’ve seen enough from Sam Howell.
Wrap him in bubble wrap and we’ll see you in Week 1 vs Arizonapic.twitter.com/WkUKZgxq6o
— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) August 22, 2023
There were some plays where Howell held the ball too long, yes. They will be addressed, but when he delivered the ball, it visibly has more velocity. Howell also displayed an ability to move and maintain composure, looking downfield and attempting to find his receivers.
In the opening quarter, Howell completed six of seven attempts for 64 yards (9.1 yards per attempt), compiling a 104.8 passer rating.
Howell, in the second quarter, completed 13 of 18 attempts for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Jahan Dotson led the way with five receptions for 76 yards, and Terry McLaurin caught three receptions for 39 yards, injuring a toe on his last reception and limping to the locker room.
Howell’s two touchdown passes were to Antonio Gibson from nine yards and to Dyami Brown from 11 yards. Gibson’s touchdown concluded a 45-yard drive, and Brown’s concluded a 79-yard drive, providing Washington a 17-14 halftime lead.
A good night of some much-needed work for Washington’s second-year quarterback.