Sam Howell

Sam Howell Pledges To ‘Clean Up’ Preseason Sacks

Newly minted Washington Commanders starting quarterback Sam Howell says he’s grown a lot after his sole rookie appearance last season.

Sam Howell says Monday’s preseason win over Baltimore was crucial for both him and offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy.

Head coach Ron Rivera says what the pair are preparing offensively is ‘exciting’ and ‘infectious’.

Sam Howell finished the 29-28 win with 19-of-25 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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“I think I’ve grown a lot,” Howell said. 

“I’m way more comfortable in the offense and just getting these two experiences with EB (offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy). It’s our first time going through a game together, and think getting the two-minute drill experience tonight was critical for us. There’s definitely a lot of good that can come out of this. I’m pleased with how it went.

“I just think offensively, I think we did some good things, put some good drives together,” he added. 

“Obviously, there’s some stuff to clean up, some sacks, both I think. I don’t know how many sacks we had, maybe two, I think, and they were both my fault, so I got to do a better job with that stuff. We’ll clean it up. But, we made some plays, you know, a lot of guys made some plays and we got good work with a two-minute drill, which was successful for us. So, there was a lot of good that came out of there.”

 

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“I thought how he handled the stage last year against Dallas was one of the reasons we feel confident in who he is,” Rivera said. 

“And then we saw him perform today. We saw him perform last week. There’s a lot of reason to be optimistic, but again, we still have a long way to go with a lot of things to learn, grow, and develop. I think Eric and what the offensive staff is doing on that side of the ball has been really terrific. It’s exciting. It really is. I think it’s infectious because I do think it impacts our defensive players as well.”

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