Ron Rivera has made a decision on a quarterback plan for the Washington Commanders' preseason opener this week. Carson Wentz, as expected, will be the team's starting quarterback.
Wentz, who was acquired by the Commanders this offseason, won't play the whole game, though. The former North Dakota State star will play around 15 to 20 plays.
Backup Taylor Heinicke, meanwhile, will get the next action. He'll likely play into the third quarterback. Then, rookie Sam Howell out of North Carolina will finish the game.
"Ron Rivera’s plan at QB for preseason game No. 1 vs. Carolina: 1. Carson Wentz will start, said he wants starters to play 15-20 plays. 2. Taylor Heinicke will come in next, play probably into the third quarter. 3. Sam Howell will come in and finish the game," said Ethan Cadeaux.
Sounds like a plan. Ron Rivera wants his starter to get some snaps, but clearly want to see what his backups are capable of. Sam Howell, especially, has a chance to impress the Commanders' coaching staff.
The opening preseason game for Wentz, in the meantime, will be vital to his development and chemistry with the rest of the team. A strong start could go a long way.