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4 Taylor Heinicke QB

Washington Football Team

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July 29, 2021 12:44 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Competing with Fitzpatrick?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Heinicke and Ryan Fitzpatrick are competing for the starting quarterback job, with Kyle Allen (ankle) potentially joining the mix later on, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

He may be a significant underdog, but Heinicke will at least be given the chance to outplay Fitzpatrick this summer. The 28-year-old QB signed a two-year contract with $1.5 million guaranteed this offseason, after throwing for 306 yards in Washington's 31-23 playoff loss to Tampa Bay.

July 15, 2021 08:08 AM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Outplays Fitzpatrick at minicamp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke was impressive at June minicamp, outplaying presumed starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peter Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Henicke has familiarity with offensive coordinator Scott Turner dating back to their time together in Carolina (2018-19), while Fitzpatrick is in the early stages of learning a new system. It should thus come as no surprise that the former looked more comfortable than the latter this spring, though Fitzpatrick got all the first-team reps in spite of his struggles. Head coach Ron Rivera has said multiple times that his quarterbacks will need to compete, but he's also dropped hints about Fitzpatrick being a favorite for the No. 1 job, so it isn't clear Heinicke will have any real shot at earning the Week 1 start. If nothing else, Heinicke in good shape for the No. 2 spot ahead of Kyle Allen, who is still working his way back from last year's season-ending ankle injury.

February 10, 2021 01:44 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Signs two-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke (shoulder) agreed Wednesday with Washington on a two-year, $8.75 million extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Heinicke signed with the team in December and ended up starting in the wild-card round of the playoffs in place of an injured Alex Smith (calf). His solid performance (352 total yards, two touchdowns) in that loss to Tampa Bay seemingly convinced the Washington brass that Heinicke can be a solid backup for the next couple years. He'll turn 28 in April, and it's unlikely his extension prevents the team from seeking upgrades at the top spot on the depth chart. Heinicke suffered an AC joint sprain during the team's playoff game, but he should be ready for the offseason program -- if there is one -- and training camp.

January 11, 2021 09:36 AM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Picks up shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke suffered an AC joint sprain during Saturday's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Heinicke impressed in his spot start Saturday, completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards, a touchdown and an interception and running for 46 yards and a score. It wasn't enough to pull out the win, however, and Heinicke finished the game banged up. The X-Rays came back negative, so his recovery shouldn't take too long. The Old Dominion product will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and he may have made an argument to at least be allowed to compete for a starting opportunity in a training camp somewhere in the league next summer.

January 10, 2021 11:40 AM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Impresses in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke (shoulder) completed 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night. He also rushed six times for 46 yards and another score.

Getting game-day call in place of Alex Smith (calf), Heinicke performed admirably against the Buccaneers' aggressive Todd Bowles-coordinated defense. The third-year pro fought through a separated AC joint in his left shoulder during the second half, per Sam Fortier of The Washington Post, and he worked around two sacks and six quarterback hits overall to keep Washington competitive throughout. Heinicke primarily focused on the trio of Cam Sims, Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas, which accounted for a combined 18-253 line on 29 targets. It was a highly encouraging showing for Heinicke, who's slated to head into unrestricted free agency this offseason but could certainly be brought back to Washington to compete for a starting job.

January 9, 2021 11:12 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Returns from shoulder injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke returned from a shoulder injury during Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter after taking a couple hits and was labeled questionable to return, but he was able to retake the field after a quick examination in the locker room. Heinicke performed admirably before suffering the injury, completing 16 of 29 passes for 209 yards and one interception while rushing six times for 46 yards and one touchdown.

January 9, 2021 07:20 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Getting spot start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke will start Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.

With Alex Smith unable to play on his balky right calf, Heinicke will make his second appearance of the campaign. In the first one, Heinicke subbed in for the since jettisoned Dwayne Haskins in Week 16 against the Panthers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown while turning three carries into 22 yards. Heinicke will have a tougher task on his hands versus a Tampa Bay defense that racked up the fourth-most sacks (48, tied with the Cardinals) this season.

January 9, 2021 05:00 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Likely set to start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke is expected to start at quarterback with Alex Smith (calf) likely inactive for Washington's wild-card matchup against the Buccaneers on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The report suggests Washington opted for Heinicke presumably because the young quarterback provides more mobility than a limited Smith, but in any case the 27-year-old will make his second career start in the most pivotal of circumstances. Steven Montez will act as the backup with Smith likely inactive.

January 9, 2021 12:16 AM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: May start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke has "a real chance" to be Washington's starting quarterback for Saturday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports

According to Rapoport, typical starter Alex Smith's right calf remains sore and has yet to loosen up, which contained him to a pair of limited practice sessions this week. On Tuesday, coach Ron Rivera opened the door for Washington to have a rotation at QB, and after Heinicke handled the majority of first-team reps, the Football Team is considering giving him the first shot to direct the offense. Such a decision may not be known until close to Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

January 6, 2021 04:32 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Taking first-team reps Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke took reps with the first-team offense at the beginning of Wednesday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Meanwhile, Alex Smith (calf) seems set to go down as a non-participant for a second consecutive session. Head coach Ron Rivera hasn't ruled out the possibility of incorporating a quarterback rotation for Saturday's wild-card matchup with Buccaneers, so the fact Heinicke is getting reps with the first team may forecast what's to come this weekend. In his sole appearance of the season Week 16 against the Panthers, Heinicke completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown while compiling 22 more yards on three carries.

January 2, 2021 12:44 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Slated for backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke is expected to serve as the backup quarterback in Sunday's game against the Eagles with Alex Smith (calf) on track to start, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After Dwayne Haskins was benched in last week's loss to the Panthers, Heinicke entered the game and was solid in his first action of the year, completing 63 percent of his passes for 137 yards (7.2 YPA) and a touchdown. However, Smith is set to return to the lineup after clearing the necessary hurdles during the practice week. Smith will be examined once again Sunday before Washington hands down the final verdict, but barring a setback, Heinicke will return to the backup role.

December 30, 2020 06:04 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Takes first-team reps Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke worked with the first-team offense at Wednesday's practice, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Meanwhile, No. 1 quarterback Alex Smith performed some mobility drills on the side field as he attempts to recover from a strained right calf. After Washington cut 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Monday, head coach Ron Rivera will have to make a decision between Smith and Heinicke for the start under center Sunday in Philadelphia, and so far Heinicke seems to have the clearest path to the job this weekend. Having said that, Rivera has expressed optimism that Smith will be available, so his activity level bears watching as the week goes on.

December 28, 2020 11:00 AM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Earns No. 2 role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Heinicke will start Week 17 if Alex Smith (calf) can't go, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Heinicke replaced a moribund Dwayne Haskins for Washington's final two drives of last Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Panthers, throwing for 137 yards and a touchdown while avoiding any turnovers. Rivera hinted that Smith could be trending in the right direction for Week 17, but Heinicke would be in line to suit up in Philadelphia if the 36-year-old veteran remains sidelined.

December 28, 2020 12:20 AM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Replaces Haskins after halftime
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Carolina.

With Dwayne Haskins benched for the final two drives, Heinicke took his first regular-season snaps since 2018, facing the team for which he last played. His stat line could've been better if not for a couple mistakes by Washington pass catchers, though Heinicke did get lucky on a dropped interception. Ron Rivera praised Heinicke's performance, but the coach didn't say which QB will get the start Week 17 if Alex Smith (calf) still isn't ready.

December 19, 2020 03:00 PM
Football Team's Taylor Heinicke: Bumps to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Washington promoted Heinicke to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Heinicke is set to serve as the top backup to Dwayne Haskins during Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He signed with Washington early December as an emergency "quarantine quarterback," and has spent much of his time with the team attending meetings virtually while remaining away from facilities.

December 3, 2020 12:12 AM
Taylor Heinicke: To join Washington practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Washington intends to sign Heinicke to its practice squad if he can pass the six-day pre-entry COVID-19 testing program, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Likely spooked by last week's situation in Denver, as none of the Broncos' quarterbacks were available after all coming in contact with a teammate who tested positive for COVID-19, Washington plans to keep Heinicke away from the facility as an emergency "quarantine quarterback." He'll like take part in virtual meetings to familiarize himself with the game plan but will remain physically distanced from the facility so he can safely remain eligible to play in the event of an outbreak.

July 15, 2020 10:20 AM
Taylor Heinicke: Hangs up cleats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinecke intends to retire from the NFL and finish his degree at Old Dominion, Harry Minium of ODUSports.com reports.

Heinecke also said that he'll consider pursuing coaching as he returns to his alma mater. The signal-caller's most significant action in the NFL came in the form of six appearances for the Panthers in 2018, when he completed 35 of 57 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also had one appearance with the Texans in 2017 and played for the BattleHawks in the XFL in 2020.

November 22, 2019 12:04 PM
Taylor Heinicke: Heading to XFL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke signed a contract with the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL on Friday, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in six games for the Panthers last season but was unable to earn a spot on the 53-man roster this season, as Kyle Allen and rookie Will Grier worked as the backup options to the now-injured Cam Newton (foot). Heinicke completed 35 of 57 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in 2018, but he'll now have a chance to showcase himself in the new iteration of the XFL.

August 31, 2019 01:48 PM
Taylor Heinicke: Let go by Carolina
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke was cut by the Panthers on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Heinicke backed up Cam Newton (foot) for most of the 2018 season. He made one start in Week 16 versus the Falcons before suffering a season-ending hyper-extended elbow, completing 33 of 55 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown (the first of his career) and three interceptions. He wasn't able to beat out Kyle Allen and rookie third-round pick Will Grier this offseason and will now look for a gig elsewhere in the league.

May 23, 2019 02:48 PM
Panthers' Taylor Heinicke: Taking first-team reps in OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heinicke was the first quarterback to take reps in team drills Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Heinicke served as Cam Newton's (shoulder) backup most of last season, but it was actually Kyle Allen -- who started Week 17 when both Heinicke and Newton were out with injuries -- who received the first reps Tuesday during the opening day of OTAs. With third-round rookie Will Grier also in the mix, the competition for the No. 2 job in Carolina could be a fluid situation all offseason.

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Game Log
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16Sun 12/27vs CARL 13-20121913710
18Sat 01/09vs TBL 23-31264430611
Career Passing Stats
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2017HOU1011100.010100011600108.3
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Total81774862.346733234404071.7
Career Rushing Stats
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Total819556.119004
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/210
Birthdate:
03/15/1993
Age:
28
Hometown:
Lawrenceville, GA
School:
Old Dominion
NFL Experience:
4
Awards: