By Max Harper
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Jacoby Brissett and Sam Howell are competing for the Week 1 starting job.
Rivera said during a Tuesday press conference that the team will discuss giving Brissett first-team reps this offseason.
It’s a bit of a turnabout after multiple reports over the past couple months seemed to confirm Washington was committed to Howell as the opening day starter.
Howell, 22, started one game last year and completed 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Brissett, meanwhile, is coming off a quietly strong 2022 campaign as the Browns starter. Only Patrick Mahomes and Geno smith had a higher completion rate over expected than Brissett, who was eighth in adjusted EPA per drop back last year.
The likeliest outcome is for Washington to play both quarterbacks at some point in 2023.