Sam Howell


College: North Carolina | 2 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 9/16/2000
2024 Bye Week: 5

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB

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Mar 26 4:20pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks traded for former Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell on March 14. Although the franchise has already declared Geno Smith as the starter in 2024, general manager John Schneider said he "absolutely" believes Howell can be a full-time starter again in the future. Howell started 17 games for Washington last season, throwing for 3,946 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. He flashed upside and mobility, but the turnover woes proved to mark the end of his short tenure with the Commanders. With Smith turning 34 next season, Seattle will likely have to eye his replacement in the near future. It's not necessarily going to be Howell, but it sounds like the Seahawks are keeping the light on for him moving forward. The North Carolina product doesn't have immediate fantasy value, but he might be worth stashing in Superflex and two-QB dynasty leagues.

From RotoBaller

Mar 15 9:04am ET

Dynasty | The Seahawks have acquired quarterback Sam Howell from the Commanders. Dynasty Analysis: Seattle gets Howell, a fourth-round draft pick and a sixth-rounder in exchange for picks in the third and fifth rounds. It seems like a reasonable price for a capable quarterback who showed flashes of promise last year. Still, the Seahawks quickly came out and said Howell was simply signed to replace Drew Lock and not Geno Smith. Howell threw for 3,946 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, but also threw 21 interceptions and was sacked relentlessly. If Smith fails to impress this year, we could see Howell on the field. Regardless, he isn't worthy of a roster spot at the moment unless you're in a superflex format.

Mar 14 10:00pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks acquired quarterback Sam Howell from the Washington Commanders on Thursday. There was some speculation that Howell was brought in as competition for veteran signal-caller Geno Smith. Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed that they didn't acquire Howell to compete with Smith in camp. It sounds like the Seahawks believe that Howell has the potential to be a starter, but he still has areas to improve upon before moving into that role. Smith is entering the final year of his deal, so maybe the Seahawks move onto Howell after 2024. Regardless, it looks like the plan is for Smith to be under center to begin the 2024 season.

From RotoBaller

Mar 14 4:20pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to send a 2024 third-round pick and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Washington Commanders in exchange for quarterback Sam Howell, a 2024 fourth-round pick, and a 2024 sixth-round pick. Washington just added veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota and is expected to take a rookie quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft, so Howell became expendable. The 23-year-old started 17 games for Washington last year, throwing for 3,946 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. He rushed for 263 yards and five scores. Meanwhile, Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith is entering the final year of his contract and regressed from 4,282 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2022 to 3,624 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2023. Although Smith is likely still the favorite to start for Seattle in 2024, Howell could push for the job this offseason.

From RotoBaller

Mar 1 3:00pm ET

The Washington Commanders have informed starting left tackle Charles Leno (hip) that they are releasing him on Friday, according to a source. Leno is scheduled to undergo hip surgery next week. The 32-year-old also missed the final three games of the 2023 season and was placed on Injured Reserve due to a calf injury. Washington's move to release him will save them around $7.3 million in 2024 salary cap space. Leno also missed a contest earlier last season due to a shoulder ailment. Leno wasn't a liability while protecting quarterback Sam Howell's blind side, but the Commanders will look to do better at the position. Depending on how quickly he can recover from his hip surgery, Leno should be able to latch on with another team sooner than later this offseason.

From RotoBaller

Feb 27 3:40pm ET

Washington Commanders new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said this week that he doesn't envision the team being an Air Raid offensive system in 2024 under his supervision. Passing-game coordinator Brian Johnson feels the same. Kingsbury is known for his Air Raid system when he was the head coach at Texas Tech, but that didn't translate to his offenses when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. With Sam Howell at QB for Washington in 2023, the team threw the ball the third-most times in the NFL, behind only the Chiefs and Bengals, but they want to be more balanced as an offense under Kingsbury. It makes sense, as the Commanders are expected to be running with a rookie signal-caller this year.

From RotoBaller

Feb 15 2:30pm ET

Although Brian Johnson has the assistant head coach tag with the Washington Commanders for the 2024 season, offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will still retain full control of the offense. The assistant head coach tag is more to give Johnson experience with the organizational side and the things that head coaches handle that may help set him up for future head-coaching opportunities down the road. Washington is set up with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft and is expected to pursue a quarterback to replace Sam Howell, who was up and down in 2023 in his first full season as the team's starting signal-caller. Kingsbury was known for his spread offenses that were aggressive through the air in college, but his offenses were much more balanced when he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

From RotoBaller

Feb 5 8:40pm ET

New Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn said on Monday that offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will not return to the team's coaching staff in 2024 after the Commanders hired former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to run their offense. Bieniemy joined Ron Rivera's staff in 2023 following a five-year run as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator that featured two Super Bowl championships. The Commanders ranked 25th in scoring and 24th in yards under Bieniemy in 2023, and according to multiple sources, players chafed under Bieniemy's leadership. In Bieniemy's defense, Washington was working with a revamped offensive line and with a quarterback (Sam Howell) who had just one start in 2022 as a rookie. The Commanders have now ranked 20th or worse in both yards and points scored for six straight seasons.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 7:30pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell completed 19 of 27 passes for 153 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions along with one reception for four yards and four carries for negative one yard during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. After a series of rough outings, the second-year quarterback closed out the season with his second underwhelming performance against Dallas. In addition to his interceptions, Howell also underthrew a wide-open Terry McLaurin for what would've been a massive touchdown on Washington's first possession. With the Commanders locked into a top-two pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, they're a likely suitor for a high-end quarterback prospect. So, after starting every game this year, Howell will probably be relegated to the backup role next season.

From RotoBaller

Jan 5 2:20pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell has been on a downward spiral as inefficient and mistake-ridden play has quickly overshadowed the promise he showed earlier in the season. This week, the second-year quarterback has a tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. During their previous matchup in Week 12, Howell couldn't get much going while Washington fell victim to a 35-point blowout loss. Now, if the Cowboys win this game, they'll be locked in as NFC East division champions. While the Cowboys have everything to gain by winning this matchup, the Commanders have no reason to shoot for a win other than pride. With Howell sputtering and Washington having its eyes set on the offseason, he's looking like a low-end QB2 in Week 18.

From RotoBaller

Jan 3 1:50pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell will make the start in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Howell was set to get benched in the Week 17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers before backup Jacoby Brissett suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out. The 23-year-old will now close out the season under center and will be facing a Cowboys defense that won't be resting players as they look to win the NFC East with a win. Howell struggled once again last Sunday in a tough matchup against the 49ers, throwing for 169 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The second-year QB has been useful as a streamer in fantasy in good matchups this year, but the turnover-prone gunslinger is a risky QB2 option in Week 18 against a strong Dallas pass rush.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 5:20pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell completed 17 of 28 passes for 169 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions during Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. While he looked solid in the first half, things fell apart for Howell in the second as he threw two interceptions and quickly lost confidence. The second-year quarterback wasn't originally the starter for this game, but due to a practice injury suffered by Jacoby Brissett (hamstring), he was the starter by default. If Brissett is available for Week 18, it's unlikely that Howell will start for Washington's season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 11:20am ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell will start versus the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) inactive. Heading into this week, head coach Ron Rivera named Brissett the starter after Howell was benched for the second time this season last Sunday. However, Brissett picked up a hamstring injury and was ultimately deemed too injured to play following pregame warmups. Therefore, Howell will return to the top of the depth chart, making his 16th start of the 2023 season. He has produced mixed results this year but could benefit from a pass-heavy attack against a 49ers secondary that has allowed 241.1 passing yards and 1.1 passing touchdowns per game. Fantasy managers should view Howell as a low-end QB2 option this week.

From RotoBaller

Dec 30 6:20pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell is expected to draw the start under center for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Howell was benched last week after completing only 6-of-22 passing attempts with two interceptions. Veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) came in and looked much better under center. Sadly, is unlikely to be available for this game due to a lingering hamstring issue. That being said, the Commanders are likely to go back to Howell at quarterback for this weekend. Fantasy managers should stay far away from Howell as he's not a viable option right now.

From RotoBaller

Dec 29 3:50pm ET

Even with his mediocre play, Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell could have another chance to start this week. Due to starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) being questionable for Week 17, Washington may have to turn back to their former starter against the San Francisco 49ers. Howell has struggled mightily as of late, and the matchup with San Francisco doesn't make things any better as they've allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Considering his below-average play and the rough matchup, Howell is a low-end QB2 if he starts in Week 17.

From RotoBaller

Dec 24 4:30pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell has been benched after a rough outing against the New York Jets on Sunday. Before exiting, Howell completed 6-of-22 passing attempts for 56 yards with two interceptions. After that, the Commanders had seen enough and put in veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center. Brissett led the team to three touchdowns and even took the lead in the fourth quarter. It's tough to imagine the Commanders going back to Howell considering how well Brissett is looking right now. There should be more information on this situation following Sunday's game.

From RotoBaller

Dec 22 1:00pm ET

After being benched in Week 15, Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell is aiming to rebound in Week 16. This week, the Commanders are going on the road to face the New York Jets. While you'd like to see some sort of bounce back from the second-year pro, there aren't many spots worse than this. This season, the Jets have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. So, although he's had some success this season, his recent struggles combined with a matchup against the Jets limits his upside. Consider Howell a QB2 at best in Week 16.

From RotoBaller

Dec 17 7:50pm ET

According to Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, quarterback Sam Howell will remain the team's starter. The 23-year-old finished the Week 15 loss to the Rams by throwing for 102 yards, one touchdown, and one pick while completing a hideous 42.3% of his attempts. As a result, Howell was benched in the fourth quarter, with backup Jacoby Brissett entering and throwing two touchdowns. At any rate, despite Howell's recent struggles, he'll stay under center for the Week 16 meeting with the New York Jets. Although the signal-caller has had some impressive fantasy outings this season, he can't be trusted in any matchup moving forward, at least until he gets his act together. Howell's potential continued lack of production also isn't ideal for guys like Terry McLaurin, Johan Dotson, and the rest of the offense.

From RotoBaller

Dec 17 7:30pm ET

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell struggled in Sunday's loss to the Rams. The signal-caller went 11-for-26 passing for 102 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He added three carries for 22 yards. However, Howell was benched late in the game, opening the door for Jacoby Brissett to enter and finish with two passing touchdowns. There weren't any reports indicating Howell was injured, so it's likely he was benched for performance reasons. As a result, he may not be under center for the Week 16 meeting with the Jets, which would eliminate what little fantasy value he has left.

From RotoBaller

Dec 15 6:00pm ET

Although Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell hasn't been great in a traditional sense, he's been a strong fantasy contributor for most of the season. Now, in Week 15, he'll have a chance to continue his fantasy success against the Los Angeles Rams. This year, the Rams have been on the lower end in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. That should spell good things for Howell, as the Commanders will likely pass a lot to keep up with the threatening Rams offense. While he's not the most stable option, the second-year quarterback should suffice in Week 15, especially with the numerous quarterback injuries plaguing rosters lately. Consider him a low-end QB1.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 14-Mar-2024: Sam Howell - TRD - The Washington Commanders traded QB Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks.
  • 06-May-2022: WAS Sam Howell - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2025)
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