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Sam Howell

#1 QB,

Seahawks

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ACTUAL 2022

18 FPTS

RANK: 57

2023 SEASON

276 FPTS

RANK: 26

AGE

22 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'1'' / 220 lbs

COLLEGE

North Carolina

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20231427626th4803013380201262.7622543
202211857th19111691157.95351
3yr Ave0096th000000%000

Headed for Seattle

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-14

The Commanders are sending Howell, a fourth-round draft pick and a sixth-rounder to the Seahawks in exchange for third and fifth-round draft choices, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

With Howell no longer in the mix, Washington figures to use the No. 2 overall pick in April's NFL Draft on a new franchise QB. Meanwhile, Howell, who started all 17 of the Commanders' regular-season games in 2023, fills the void created by Drew Lock's departure in free agency and gives the Seahawks an alternative to incumbent No. 1 signal-caller Geno Smith.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

18.3

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKSPREADO/UATTCMPYDTDINTCOMP%RATINGATTYDTDAIRCATCH20YD+PLAYWRRBTE
18 DAL Outdoor 42° 18.3 7th 7.041.519111691157.983.05351968%50%22%63%16%16%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing AveragesRushing Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMRANKYDTDINTCOMP%RATINGAIRCATCH20YD+YDTD
Home Outdoor 1 118.313th1691.0157.983.068%50%9351.0

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKATTCMPYDTDINTCMP%RATINGATTYDTDAIRCATCH20YD+PLAYWRRBTE
2022 22 WAS 1 1 18 57th19111691157.98353518.568%50%22%63%16%16%
*"Air" yards thrown per completion. Pass was "Catch"able. Percent of passes thrown "20yds+" that were completed. "Play" action pass percent of total pass plays.

Could be traded soon?

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-12

The Commanders' recent contract agreement with QB Marcus Mariota suggests Howell may be on the trade block, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

The other interpretation, which seems less likely, is that the Commanders will let Howell compete with Mariota for the starting job rather than drafting a QB early this April. The team owns the No. 2 overall pick, with most reports to date suggesting Washington will select either UNC QB Drake Maye or LSU QB Jayden Daniels. There was a point in 2023 when it looked like the Commanders might have found their franchise QB, but Howell then had a 4:12 TD:INT ratio over the final seven games of the regular season (all losses) while completing only 57.7 percent of his passes for 5.4 yards per attempt. He ended up starting all 17 games, but only because backup Jacoby Brissett suffered a hamstring injury in practice shortly after being promoted to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Howell should have suitors if the Commanders decide to trade him, given that he has two years left on his rookie contract and averaged 278.3 passing yards and 1.7 TDs over the first 10 games of 2023. That said, the best he can hope for is a shot to compete with another player for a starting job.

Picked off twice in finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Howell completed 19 of 27 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Commanders.

It was a fittingly rough end to a poor season for Washington, and Howell wraps up his first -- and possibly last -- season as the team's starting quarterback with a 21:21 TD:INT over 17 games, with the interceptions being the most in the NFL. The 2022 fifth-round selection is expected to get serious competition for the starting job in the offseason, likely from whoever the Commanders select with the second overall pick in the 2024 Draft, and Howell is likely to head into Week 1 of next year in the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

Will retain starting role in finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Howell will start Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Howell was expected to be benched Week 17 but was pressed into action when Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) sat out. The second-year quarterback's struggles continued in the 27-10 loss to San Francisco, and Howell has a putrid 3:10 TD:INT over his last six starts, but Washington will stick with him against Dallas. Given his poor finish to the season, Howell will likely face competition for the starting role next season, but he'll get one more opportunity to help his case Sunday against a motivated Cowboys team that would clinch the NFC East title with a win.

Struggles in blowout loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Howell completed 17 of 28 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the 49ers.

After the Commanders announced that Howell would be benched early in the week, he was forced into the starting role with Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) sidelined. He struggled in a tough matchup, averaging only 6.0 yards per attempt while turning the ball over twice. Howell did have positive moments, as he completed three passes of at least 20 yards and also connected with Terry McLaurin for a three-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. It's unclear whether Howell will get the chance to start in Week 18 against the Cowboys, but he has now failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in six straight games.

In line to start Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Howell is slated to start Sunday's game against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Per Rapoport, Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) is in line to be deemed inactive as the team's third QB following a pre-game workout Sunday. Howell, who was originally on track to give way to Brissett in Week 17, is thus slated to get the start, and now represents a fantasy lineup option for those in need of signal-caller help this week.

Still in mix to start Week 17

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Howell would start Sunday's game against the 49ers if Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) -- who is listed as questionable -- doesn't play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Brissett was added to the injury report Friday due to hamstring tightness. Howell started Washington's first 15 games of the season but was set to move to a backup role after being benched mid-game in each of his last two outings. If Brissett's unable to play, Howell will be back atop the depth chart without missing a start, though the second-year pro is unlikely to bounce back against the tough 49ers defense after posting a 2:8 TD:INT over his last five starts.

Won't start Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Howell will not start Sunday's game against the 49ers, with Jacoby Brissett set to lead Washington's offense instead, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Rivera said "it's a good time for [Howell] to get a break, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. It remains to be seen whether the Commanders will roll with Brissett for the rest of the regular season, or reevaluate the QB position before Week 18's finale against Dallas. Howell has struggled in his last five appearances, with just a 2:8 TD:INT ratio in that span and threw at least one INT in each contest.

Benched again in Week 16

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-24

Howell completed six of 22 passes for 56 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Jacoby Brissett in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Jets.

The quarterback's poor play helped put the Commanders in a 27-7 hole at halftime, and after Howell tossed his second INT of the day, coach Ron Rivera benched him for the second straight week. With Brissett having played well both times he's come on in relief, and Howell having been picked off in five straight games with a 2:8 TD:INT during that stretch, Rivera has a full-blown QB controversy on his hands heading into a Week 17 clash with the 49ers.

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