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Report: Howell likely to be Commanders' 2023 starter

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The Washington Commanders will likely start the 2023 season with quarterback Sam Howell as their starter, according to CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones.

Jones reports that offensive coordinator candidates are being told they will be working with Howell under center.

The Commanders selected Howell in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft after he spent three seasons at North Carolina.

Howell made his first career start in Washington's Week 18 contest against the Dallas Cowboys after the Commanders were eliminated from playoff contention. The 22-year-old completed 11 of 19 attempts for 169 yards with one touchdown and interception each in the 26-6 victory.

Veteran Carson Wentz, who the team acquired via trade from the Indianapolis Colts last offseason, is under contract through 2024. He can be cut or traded this offseason without the Commanders incurring any dead cap, according to Spotrac.

The Commanders fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner on Tuesday after the team went 8-8-1 and failed to find stability at the quarterback position.

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