Taylor Heinicke

Washington Redskins
Quarterback #8
Washington Redskins
Quarterback #8

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Mixed results Sunday

Heinicke completed 25 of 37 pass attempts for 268 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Green Bay on Sunday, adding 95 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Analysis: Heinicke also lost a fumble, which combined with the interception proved costly in the 24-10 road loss. On the other hand, Heinicke's supporting cast is beat up at every position, and other than Terry McLaurin (seven catches for 122 yards and one touchdown on 12 targets) there aren't any pass catchers for Heinicke to lean on. Dyami Brown (knee) left the game, and Washington went into Sunday already without right guard Brandon Scherff, right tackle Sam Cosmi, wideout Curtis Samuel (groin) and tight end Logan Thomas (hamstring). There's a chance Thomas could return soon, as he's eligible to activate from IR before Week, and if so that could provide Heinicke a meaningful boost as Washington heads to Denver on Sunday.

Oct 24, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Should remain starter through bye

Heinicke is expected to remain Washington's starting quarterback for at least the next two games with Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) likely to stay on injured reserve through the Football Team's Week 9 bye, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After Fitzpatrick was diagnosed with a right hip subluxation following his exit in the season-opening loss to the Chargers, Washington was hopeful the 38-year-old signal-caller could return for the Week 7 matchup in Green Bay, at the soonest. However, with Fitzpatrick still using crutches to get around and having yet to even resume practicing, Washington is preparing for him to miss additional time. Heinicke will thus get the starting nod against the Packers, and likely next week in Denver, so long as he performs well enough in Green Bay to hold off backup Kyle Allen for QB duties. After completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 8.1 yards per attempt and an 8:3 TD:INT through the first four games of the season, Heinicke has taken a big step back over the past two weeks (55 percent, 5.4 YPA, 1:3 TD:INT) to put his job security into question.

Oct 24, 2021 5:43 AM EST

Struggles against KC

Heinicke completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 31-13 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Heinicke kept Washington in the game throughout the first half, completing 14 of his 25 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. However, he and the offense stalled in the second half, and the end result was his lowest yardage total in a full game this season. After operating in a fairly efficient manner through three starts, Heinicke averaged only 4.7 yards per attempt in Sunday's game after picking up only 6.0 yards per attempt in Week 5. Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) reportedly has a chance to return in Week 7, which would almost certainly land Heinicke back on the bench.

Oct 17, 2021 4:46 PM EST

Struggles against Saints

Heinicke completed 20 of 41 passes for 248 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 33-22 loss to the Saints. He added 40 yards on five carries.

Analysis: For the first time this season, Heinicke failed to produce a touchdown, and his 6.0 yards per attempt was by far a season low. The 28-year-old has a shaky 7:5 TD:INT through four starts, but he'll face a more generous defense in Week 6 when Washington hosts Kansas City.

Oct 10, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Three TD passes in comeback win

Heinicke completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-30 win over the Falcons. He added 43 yards on five rushing attempts.

Analysis: Heinicke hit Terry McLaurin for a 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter but was otherwise quiet until he was called upon to come up with some late-game magic, which has become customary for the 28-year-old quarterback. He connected with McLaurin from 17 yards out to pull Washington within two with 3:52 remaining, then found J.D. McKissic for the game-winning 30-yard touchdown in the final minute, though the running back admittedly did most of the work on the play. With an 8:3 TD:INT since taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) in the season opener, Heinicke has held his own under center heading into a Week 5 matchup with the Saints.

Oct 3, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Mixed bag in blowout loss

Heinicke completed 14 of 24 passes for 212 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Washington's 43-21 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed eight times for 21 yards and another score while also recovering a fumble.

Analysis: Heinicke's final line looked solid from a fantasy perspective, although it's worth noting Antonio Gibson lent a big hand to the young quarterback's passing yardage total by taking a screen pass 73 yards to the house in the second quarter. Heinicke added a four-yard scoring scamper later in the period and capped off the scoring for either squad with a two-yard end-zone toss to Logan Thomas in garbage time, but his second- and third-quarter interceptions led to a total of 10 Bills points. Heinicke will look to atone for the mistakes in a potentially favorable Week 4 road matchup against the Falcons.

Sep 26, 2021 2:28 PM EST

Impresses in Week 2 win

Heinicke completed 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Washington's 30-29 win over the Giants on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for six yards.

Analysis: In a contest that was widely expected to be a lower-scoring affair, Heinicke ended up authoring a prolific performance that came complete with an exciting game-winning drive. The Old Dominion product averaged a solid 7.3 yards per attempt and displayed particularly impressive chemistry with No. 1 wideout Terry McLaurin, with whom he connected on 11 occasions for 107 yards and one of his touchdowns. Heinicke found veteran tight end Ricky Seals-Jones for a 19-yard score as well, and he made critical completions to Dyami Brown, Adam Humphries and McLaurin on the late 50-yard march that culminated with Dustin Hopkins' game-winning field goal. Heinicke and teammates will now have a couple of days to savor the hard-fought victory before beginning preparations for a difficult Week 3 road trip to Buffalo to take on the Bills a week from Sunday.

Sep 16, 2021 8:58 PM EST

Starting in Week 2

Heinicke will start Thursday's Week 2 matchup against the Giants, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Heinicke filled in for Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) in Sunday's season opener and completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injury, but he's at least expected to miss the Week 2 contest since Washington will be playing on a short week. Kyle Allen is slated to serve as Heinicke's primary backup against the Giants.

Sep 13, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Excellent in relief

Heinicke completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown after coming in for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick was injured after a hard tackle by the Chargers, forcing Heinicke to enter during the second quarter. It took until the third quarter for the 28-year-old to finally gain some rhythm and while the majority of his production came on a fluky underthrown deep ball to Terry McLaurin that a Chargers defender simply misplayed, it was still a relatively controlled and effective performance from Heinicke. If Fitzpatrick misses time, expect to see the former Panthers backup starting games for Washington, especially after excelling in a similar situation in last season's playoff loss to Tampa Bay.

Sep 12, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Not playing Saturday

Heinicke will not play Saturday against the Ravens, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Both Heinicke and Ryan Fitzpatrick will be held out Saturday, leaving the final preseason contest to be helmed by Kyle Allen and Steven Montez. Allen was rumored to be pushing Heinicke for the backup spot after a solid preseason, but if this is any indication it seems like the Panthers transplant is clearly behind Heinicke on the team's depth chart.

Aug 28, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Follows Fitzpatrick again

Heinicke completed 11 of his 13 passes for 80 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati. He also added four rushes for 26 yards.

Analysis: Heinicke relieved Ryan Fitzpatrick on the team's first possession of the second quarter. He led four drives and was accurate with the ball, though he didn't look to push the ball down the field. Eight of Heinicke's 11 completions went for under 10 yards. One notable exception to his conservative play came on a pair of connections with Antonio Gandy-Golden that went for gains of 16 and 17 yards. Washington has not formally named Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback, though Heinicke faces long odds to overtake him for top spot on the depth chart come the regular season.

Aug 20, 2021 9:08 PM EST

Mediocre in loss

Heinicke completed nine of 15 passes for 86 yards in Thursday's 22-13 preseason loss to New England.

Analysis: Ryan Fitzpatrick got the start and completed five of eight passes for 58 yards. Neither Fitz nor Heinicke had a touchdown or interception, though the latter did lead a 64-yard drive capped off by Peyton Barber's one-yard TD at the goal line. While coach Ron Rivera says his quarterbacks are competing for the starting job, Heinicke remains a long shot to defeat Fitzpatrick.

Aug 13, 2021 6:39 AM EST

Competing with Fitzpatrick?

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jul 29, 2021 9:41 AM EST

Outplays Fitzpatrick at minicamp

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

Analysis: Henicke has familiarity with OC 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 even after he struggled. Coach Ron Rivera has said multiple times that his quarterbacks will need to compete, but he's also dropped hints about Fitzpatrick being a clear favorite, so it isn't clear Heinicke will have any real shot at earning the Week 1 start. If nothing else, he's 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.

Jul 14, 2021 11:27 AM EST

Signs two-year extension

Heinicke (shoulder) is signing a two-year, $8.75 million extension with the Washington Football Team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Heinicke signed with the team in December and ended up starting in the opening round of the playoffs. His solid performance (352 total yards, two TDs) in that wild-card loss to Tampa seemingly convinced Washington brass that Heinicke can be a solid backup for the next couple years. He'll turn 28 in April, and it's unlikely this contract prevents the team from seeking upgrades for the starting QB job. Heinicke suffered an AC joint sprain during the playoff game, but he should be ready for the offseason program (if there is one) and training camp.

Feb 10, 2021 6:56 AM EST

Picks up shoulder injury

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

Analysis: 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 certainly proved that he belongs in the NFL moving forward, even if it's just in a backup role.

Jan 10, 2021 9:28 AM EST

Impresses in spot start

Heinicke 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.

Analysis: 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 shoulder issue in the second half, 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.

Jan 9, 2021 9:03 PM EST

Returns from shoulder injury

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

Analysis: 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.

Jan 9, 2021 8:06 PM EST

Getting spot start Saturday

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

Analysis: 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.

Jan 9, 2021 4:18 PM EST

Likely set to start

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 9, 2021 1:59 PM EST

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