First of all - had anyone even come close to saying Howell is the 2nd coming? I haven't seen that - other than from Chris Simms
Secondly - the ‘scouts’ who presumably are primary movers in driving QB selection (except in DC where the owner thinks he knows better), are horribly wrong as often as they are right. Are they likely much better informed than the average fan or mock drafter? Of course. But better informed hasn’t resulted in anything close to infallibility when it comes to ranking QBs and predicting pro success.
And Neo, I wouldn’t be so sure that Heinicke is the default #2. Of course we have to assume that’s the case today. But if Howell comes in and looks like a real future potential starter, or even a capable backup, it’s quite possible he leapfrogs Taylor into the backup role. Unless Howell totally flops, he will be at minimum the backup going forward with Heinicke likely in his last season on Washington’s roster this year. I don’t believe they ‘took a flyer’ on Howell. They seem to think he’s got significant talent.
My prediction is that Wentz plays well this season and going forward, but that Howell sticks as the #2 and the team moves on from Heinicke who, lip service to the contrary, they clearly don’t have a lot of confidence in as a long-term contributor.