Taylor Heinicke

Taylor Heinicke

Quarterback #8
Team: Carolina Panthers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 198 lb.
College:Old Dominion
Born:March 15, 1993
Drafted:2015 / UDFA

Taylor Heinicke: Heading to XFL

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

Analysis: 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.

November 22, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Let go by Carolina

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

Analysis: Heinicke backed up Cam Newton (foot) for most of the 2018 season. He made one start before suffering a season-ending hyper extended elbow, Week 16 versus the Falcons, when he completed 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.

August 30, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Taking first-team reps in OTAs

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

Analysis: 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 -- who took the first QB reps during the opening day of OTAs on Tuesday. With third-round rookie Will Grier also in the mix, the competition for the No. 2 QB job in Carolina could be a fluid situation all offseason.

May 22, 2019 11:57 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Re-signs with Panthers

Heinicke (elbow) signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue reports.

Analysis: Heinicke was a restricted free agent, and now re-ups with Carolina to compete with Kyle Allen (shoulder) for the No. 2 gig behind Cam Newton (shoulder) in 2019. The 25-year-old started Week 16 against the Falcons last season, and led the Panthers' offense to a touchdown on the game's opening drive, the first touchdown pass of his career. Heinicke then sustained and played through a season-ending hyperextended elbow, ending the day having completed 33-of-55 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

March 12, 2019 12:17 PM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Upcoming restricted free agent

Heinicke is a restricted free agent this offseason, which gives the Panthers the right of first refusal.

Analysis: In essence, other organizations can sign Heinicke to an offer sheet, but the Panthers will have a chance to examine the contract and decide whether to match it. Since going undrafted in 2015, he's bounced around the NFL, eventually settling in as the direct backup to Cam Newton last season. When Newton was shut down after Week 15 due to a lingering shoulder injury, Heinicke made one start before suffering a season-ending hyperextended elbow. That performance (33 of 53 for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Falcons) apparently was enough to make coach Ron Rivera content with the state of the Panthers' QB room. "I was pleased with what Taylor did for us, as with Kyle (Allen)," Rivera said last week at the combine. "I feel really good about our depth."

March 7, 2019 10:55 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Undergoes surgery Thursday

Heinicke (elbow) posted on his Twitter account Thursday that he's undergone successful surgery.

Analysis: It was initially reported that Heinicke would not require surgery for his hyperextended elbow, but it appears that he did require a procedure of some sort. That addition could put his status in jeopardy for the start of OTAs. Even if he doesn't make it back for the start of the offseason, Heinicke is expected to serve as the top backup again in 2019.

January 3, 2019 12:16 PM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Surgery not on tap

Heinicke was diagnosed Thursday with a hyperextended left elbow and won't require surgery to address the matter, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though the Panthers shut down Heinicke for the season after placing him on injured reserve Wednesday, the fourth-year signal-caller should be ready to go for OTAs with surgery off the table. He'll likely step back into his familiar role as the top backup to Cam Newton (shoulder) in 2019, assuming Carolina elects to tender Heinicke a contract. With Newton also ruled out for the season finale Sunday in New Orleans, third-string quarterback Kyle Allen is in line for his first NFL start.

December 27, 2018 11:02 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Sent to injured reserve

The Panthers placed Heinicke on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: After suffering a left elbow injury in his first NFL start in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, Heinicke required an MRI a day later. The results of Heinicke's scans aren't known, but the Panthers apparently determined he wouldn't be able to make it back for a Week 17 matchup with the Saints. With coach Ron Rivera suggesting earlier in the week that Cam Newton (shoulder) would remain shut down for the season finale, undrafted rookie Kyle Allen is on track to receive the starting assignment. To replace Heinicke on the roster, the Panthers signed Garrett Gilbert, who will presumably work as Allen's backup this weekend.

December 26, 2018 8:03 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Getting MRI for injured elbow

Coach Ron Rivera said Heinicke is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the left elbow injury the quarterback suffered in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Cam Newton (shoulder) sidelined for the first time all season Sunday, Heinicke drew his first NFL start. The 25-year-old exited in the second quarter after injuring his elbow but was cleared to return to the contest and finished with 33 completions on 53 attempts for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions while adding another score and 33 yards on three carries. Heinicke showed impressive toughness while playing through the injury, but the Panthers probably won't hesitate to shut him down if the MRI reveals an unfavorable diagnosis. Rivera said the team would update Heinicke's condition Wednesday, but if the signal-caller is ruled out for the season finale in New Orleans, recent practice-squad callup Kyle Allen would likely be in line for the starting assignment. Rivera dismissed the possibility of bringing back Newton in Week 17 to play through the lingering shoulder injury.

December 24, 2018 7:40 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Struggles in first start

Heinicke (elbow) completed 33 of 53 pass attempts for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions Sunday against the Falcons. He also carried three times for 33 yards in the 24-10 loss.

Analysis: Heinicke started with Cam Newton (shoulder) out and endured plenty of adversity in his first NFL start. He left the game briefly after suffering a painful elbow injury but was able to return. Heinicke kept the team in the game for a while, but one interception near the goal line and another in the red zone ultimately hurt them. He should start next Sunday against the Saints, barring a setback with his elbow, but he shouldn't be viewed as a worthy fantasy option.

December 23, 2018 2:56 PM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Returns to Sunday's game

Heinicke (elbow) returned to Sunday's game versus the Falcons, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: After Heinicke's departure in the second quarter, the training staff spent a lot of time his wrapping left elbow. He proceeded to warm up and be cleared for a return. With Cam Newton (shoulder) out, Kyle Allen is the only other quarterback on the active roster.

December 23, 2018 11:22 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Injures left elbow

Heinicke is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a left elbow injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: The Panthers have more or less shut down Cam Newton (right shoulder) for the season, but the potential loss of Heinicke could cause the organization to reconsider its stance with the long-time signal-caller. If Heinicke is unable to return, Kyle Allen will direct the offense for the rest of the afternoon.

December 23, 2018 11:06 AM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Expected to start this week

Heinicke is expected to start the final two games of the season, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Panthers wisely are shutting down Cam Newton (shoulder) after falling out of the playoff hunt. Heinicke went undrafted back in 2015 and has just five NFL pass attempts to his name, but he'll at least be in a favorable spot Week 16 against the porous Atlanta defense. He'll then travel to New Orleans in Week 17 to face a Saints defense that may be resting starters. With D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey all offering considerable YAC potential, it won't come as a major surprise if Heinicke finds some success with a dink-and-dunk approach. The 25-year-old quarterback completed 24 of 36 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during the 2018 preseason, adding five carries for 23 yards. While obviously no match for the man he's replacing, Heinicke did run a 4.63 40-yard dash coming out of Old Dominion in 2015.

December 19, 2018 12:00 PM EST

Taylor Heinicke: Wins backup job

Heinicke won the backup quarterback battle with Garrett Gilbert, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Helping Heinicke's cause was a relationship with offensive coordinator Norv Turner in Minnesota. Heinicke's performance also was solid -- 24-for-36 passing for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception to go with one rushing TD -- and he'll be waiting in the wings in the event Cam Newton misses a game for the fourth time in his career.

September 1, 2018 3:17 PM EST

Taylor Heinicke: In tight race for backup job

Heinicke is entrenched in a close competition with Garrett Gilbert for the Panthers' second-string quarterback position, the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Heinicke entered Friday's second preseason game ahead of Gilbert, going on to complete five of nine attempts for 88 yards and an unfortunate interception. Following his turnover, Heinicke led Carolina on an eight-play, 92-yard touchdown drive before handing the keys over the Gilbert to start the fourth quarter. While neither player will be needed as long as star Cam Newton is healthy during the regular season, a No. 2 gig would still be an upgrade on both players' previous positions elsewhere.

August 19, 2018 7:07 PM EST

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