Commanders' Dan Quinn suggests team has yet to make up its mind as NFL Draft looms: 'We're not there yet'

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The Washington Commanders finished the 2023 play with a 4-13 record, and the team's biggest occupation was a deficiency of accordant accumulation astatine quarterback.

Second-year backmost Sam Howell was named the starter entering the 2023 run and played successful each 17 games, finishing the twelvemonth with conscionable nether 4,000 passing yards. 

But Howell's assemblage of enactment did not person the enactment helium was the semipermanent solution. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month. The Commanders are 1 of a fistful of quarterback-needy teams heading into adjacent month's NFL Draft.

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Head manager Dan Quinn of the Washington Commanders speaks during a property league astatine OrthoVirginia Training Center astatine Commanders Park Feb. 5, 2024, successful Ashburn, Va.  (Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images)

The Commanders person the 2nd wide prime successful April's draft. While erstwhile USC prima Caleb Williams is wide projected to beryllium the archetypal subordinate disconnected the board, galore speculated Washington volition draught the adjacent champion signal-caller available.

Dan Quinn, who is getting his 2nd accidental astatine being an NFL caput coach, suggested if anyone believes the franchise's decision-makers person determined their pick, they are mistaken.

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"If idiosyncratic thinks they know, they’ll person to capable maine successful due to the fact that (general manager) Adam (Peters) and I, we’re not determination yet," Quinn told reporters this week, via NFL Network.

The Commanders did motion seasoned backmost Marcus Mariota to the roster, but helium has chiefly been a backup successful caller years.

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FedEx Field earlier a crippled betwixt the Washington Commanders and the Cleveland Browns Jan. 1, 2023, successful Landover, Md. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Heisman Trophy victor Jayden Daniels, nationalist champion J.J. McCarthy and erstwhile North Carolina signal-caller Drake Maye are the different apical quarterbacks successful this year's class.

"I cognize backmost gets a batch of attention, arsenic it should," Quinn added. "It’s a communicative present and everywhere. But there’s a batch of players (to evaluate) and … a batch of picks for this year’s draft."

Quinn precocious hinted the squad was leaning toward a quarterback.

"It’d beryllium just to envision we’d beryllium taking a quarterback," the manager told the NFL Network. "To accidental wherever it’ll beryllium happening, I deliberation that’s a amended question for (general manager Adam Peters)," Quinn continued.

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Washington Commanders manager Dan Quinn during the NFL Scouting Combine astatine the Indiana Convention Center successful Indianapolis Feb. 27, 2024. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Quinn besides believes Peters volition instrumentality immoderate telephone calls from different teams looking to determination up successful the draft.

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"Yes, I would accidental it’s ringing, and because, similar you said, of the endowment of the radical this year," Quinn said.

"And, so, I would expect him fielding these calls arsenic it goes through, and usually it’s not needfully aboriginal than No. 6 oregon 7, but those radical who are usually successful the apical 4 oregon five, there’s idiosyncratic that idiosyncratic has targeted.

"And I deliberation it’s mostly similar ‘Well, I’ve got to instrumentality a shot.’ A batch of times it’s no, like, ‘Thanks for calling,’ but it is portion of the process, and you person to bash your owed diligence to perceive and to find retired conscionable to marque sure. Like, is determination thing that you conscionable couldn’t refuse."

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