Washington Commanders: Three takeaways from win over Ravens
Do the Washington Commanders have a solid set of quarterbacks?
In the last slide, we were talking about the wide receivers in Washington. There seems to be real depth there, and it’s an actual strength of the team. That’s not something we’ve gotten to say often about the Commanders in recent years.
Something else we haven’t gotten to talk about in a positive light is the quarterback position. That could change extremely fast.
Sam Howell was a fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Despite that, he was seen as a legitimate prospect. Howell didn’t get his first NFL start until the final week of his rookie season. He was solid. There were some clear positives to build off of and some clear negatives to improve on.
Then Howell got the entire offseason to work on things. Washington had surrounded him with talent. They brought in Eric Beiniemy as the offensive coordinator. Everything was being put into place.
Through two games in the preseason, Howell has looked fantastic. He diced up Baltimore’s defense the entire first half. Then came in Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett is someone who has shown he can start if needed. He’s got good mobility and can make plays with his arm. Not only is he a perfect backup, but you would feel comfortable if he was forced into playing time.
Finally came Jake Fromm. Fromm is the clear three here, but he’s also showing a little something. Yes, it’s against fringe roster players. But Fromm went 10-for-16 for 91 yards and a touchdown. He also conducted the final drive that set up the game-winning field goal.
For the first time in a while, it feels like the Commanders have a complete quarterback trio.
First, there’s the obvious starter that has the potential to be great. Fans might not get into arguments about whether he or the backup should be starting for a few weeks. That would be the first time that happened in years.
Then there’s the clear backup. A veteran who you trust to play well if needed. But also someone who could start on a few teams in the NFL.
Finally, the third-stringer who is just there as depth but who has given you flashes of potential? No one is asking for anything from him, so anything given is just a bonus.
Washington has had insanely miserable luck at the quarterback position in the 2000s. This could be the start of that luck turning around.