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Sam Howell Presser: I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am right now; I’m going to go try to win a game

Sam Howell talks to the media after his first practice as an NFL starter

Washington Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera named rookie Sam Howell the starting QB after practice today. There was a report this morning that veteran Taylor Heinicke would get the start, with Howell getting playing time in relief. That was met with immediate criticism, and Rivera said he spoke with several people before coming to the decision to starting the 5th round rookie, and let him get his first regular season snaps in the NFL.

Howell is excited for the opportunity to start and play in his first real game in the league. He has learned a lot from being the 3rd string QB to start the season, and then dressing on game days as the backup to Taylor Heinicke. Howell wants to win his first game, and every game, he plays in the NFL, and is excited for his first opportunity against the Cowboys this weekend.

He took first team reps in practice today for the first time, which let the world know that Rivera had changed his mind after the public wasn’t happy with the leak about Howell getting mopup duty in a meaningless game. Today was the first time that the rookie QB got the opportunity to throw the ball to starting WRs Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. He said he had the opportunity to work with last year’s 1st round pick Jahan Dotson during rookie mini-camp, but it was great to work with Washington’s other two starting wide receivers.

Sam Howell

Excited to play this season:

Successful start:

Working with Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel:

Developing as a 3rd string rookie:

Practice reps:

Taylor Heinicke

Potential last game with Washington:

Sam Howell starting:

Terry McLaurin

Damar Hamlin:

Missing the playoffs:

Sam Howell starting:

Kendall Fuller:

Damar Hamlin:

Playing the Cowboys after being eliminated from the playoffs:

Khaleke Hudson

Damar Hamlin: