Taylor Heinicke

Washington Redskins
Quarterback #8
Washington Redskins
Quarterback #8

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Two touchdowns in win

Heinicke completed 14 of 23 passes for 138 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Both Washington and Atlanta were content to rely on their rushing attacks, leaving Heinicke with very limited passing volume. Despite that, he did manage to throw for two touchdowns, which came from 14 and 16 yards away, respectively. When able, Washington will look to continue to limit Heinicke's passing volume, and he's now thrown for 200 or fewer yards in three of his last four games.

Nov 27, 2022 6:42 PM EST

Struggles on the road

Heinicke completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 191 yards against Houston on Sunday.

Analysis: Washington built a safe lead early in this game and perhaps the resulting lack of urgency had something to do with Heinicke's poor production, but it more so seems like he properly struggled against one of the NFL's weaker defenses, taking six quarterback hits from a non-existent pass rush. The Falcons don't have much of a pass rush, either, so hopefully Heinicke can make a better showing against them in Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 1:44 PM EST

Wins starting gig going forward

The Commanders are expected to proceed with Heinicke as the starting quarterback to finish the 2022 season, unless his performance necessitates a change, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Heinicke has won three of his four starts this season, with six touchdowns (one rushing) and four interceptions in that span, and it his command of the offense has evidently convinced Washington's coaching staff that the starting job should be his to keep. Even with Carson Wentz (finger) eligible to come off IR and rookie fifth-round pick Sam Howell waiting in the wings, it appears that Heinicke will be able to avoid any sort of quarterback controversy as long as he's able to look the part. Sunday's matchup against the Texans offers the 29-year-old an ideal opportunity to take advantage of a less-than-stellar defense, especially if he can keep up his rapport with top target Terry McLaurin, who has two 100-yard games in Heinicke's four starts.

Nov 20, 2022 3:59 AM EST

Named as Week 11 starter

Heinicke will start Sunday's game in Houston, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Carson Wentz (finger) is eligible to return from injured reserve this week, and a recent report from Sam Fortier of The Washington Post suggested the Commanders were preparing Wentz to reclaim the starting role. If that's the case, it apparently won't happen this week, giving Heinicke at least one more chance to make his argument to keep the job.

Nov 16, 2022 2:17 PM EST

Makes case to remain starter

Heinicke completed 17 of 29 passes for 211 yards and one interception in Monday's 32-21 win over the Eagles. He added 10 yards on five rushing attempts.

Analysis: Heinicke's fumble on a strip sack put the Eagles into the red zone less than two minutes into the game, but he recovered nicely and helped the Commanders wear Philadelphia's defense down with methodical drives en route to a 20-14 halftime lead. With Washington clinging to a 23-21 lead early in the fourth, Heinicke committed another costly turnover, throwing an interception in Philadelphia territory, but Washington's defense forced three turnovers after that point to hold on for the win. Heinicke's numbers don't jump off the page, but his ability to minimize mistakes and make throws in big moments has helped him lead the Commanders to a 3-1 record in Carson Wentz's (finger) absence. Wentz will be eligible to return in Week 11 against Houston, but after this signature win, the Commanders could conceivably opt to stick with Heinicke even after Wentz regains health.

Nov 14, 2022 9:24 PM EST

Throws pair of TDs in loss

Heinicke completed 15 of 28 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Commanders' 20-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 17 yards.

Analysis: Heinicke had a positive impact with touchdown tosses of of 49 and six yards to Curtis Samuel and Dax Milne, respectively, but his fourth-quarter interception could hardly have been more ill-timed. With the Commanders up by seven, Heinicke overthrew Logan Thomas by an appreciable margin midway through the final period, resulting in a Harrison Smith interception that set up a game-tying 12-yard receiving touchdown by Dalvin Cook two plays later. Heinicke does have five touchdown tosses in his first three starts while throwing a pick in each game, and he'll aim to boost his numbers in a tough Week 10 road matchup against the Eagles on Monday night, Nov. 14.

Nov 6, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Leads game-winning drive

Heinicke completed 23 of 31 passes for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts. He added six rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Heinicke capped an impressive comeback win with a one-yard run off right guard into the end zone late in the fourth quarter to put the Commanders ahead for good. He completed a key 33-yard pass to Terry McLaurin earlier in the drive and peppered his star receiver with deep targets throughout the game -- also connecting for additional gains of 42 and 18 yards. In two games since taking over as the Commanders' starter, Heinicke has combined to complete 43 of 64 passes for 480 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Oct 30, 2022 9:47 PM EST

Throws two TDs to beat Packers

Heinicke completed 20 of 33 passes for 201 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Packers. He added two rushing attempts for four yards.

Analysis: Heinicke got off to a dreadful start, completing just one of his first seven passes and throwing a pick-six. He bounced back on the ensuing drive by throwing a nine-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gibson. Later in the first half, another potential pivotal Heinicke error was erased by a penalty, as an illegal contact penalty on the Packers defense negated a Heinicke fumble that was returned for a touchdown. His 37-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin put Washington up 17-14 in the third quarter and the Commanders led the rest of the way as Heinicke notched a win in his season debut replacing the injured Carson Wentz (finger). Heinicke will look to build on this winning effort in Week 8 against the Colts.

Oct 23, 2022 3:03 PM EST

Confirmed for Week 7 start

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera confirmed that Heinicke will start at quarterback in Sunday's game against the Packers while Carson Wentz (finger) has been ruled out for the contest.

Analysis: Heinicke's appointment to the No. 1 role was fully expected after reports surfaced over the weekend that Wentz fractured the ring finger on his throwing hand during the Commanders' Week 6 win over the Bears last Thursday. Wentz underwent surgery Monday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, but the Commanders haven't yet moved him to injured reserve, perhaps holding out hope that he may be ready to return as soon as Week 10. Heinicke looks to be in position to start at least the next three games, though if he struggles against Green Bay, the Commanders could be motivated to give rookie fifth-round pick Sam Howell a look.

Oct 18, 2022 9:25 AM EST

Taking over for injured Wentz

Heinicke will bump up to the top of Washington's quarterback depth chart while Carson Wentz recovers from a fractured ring finger on his throwing hand, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Wentz's recovery is expected to take 4-6 weeks.

Analysis: Heinicke will reclaim Washington's starting quarterback job starting with Sunday's game against the Packers. He went 7-8 in that role last season while posting a 20:15 TD:INT.

Oct 17, 2022 11:58 AM EST

Backup role on tap

With Carson Wentz set to be traded from the Colts to the Commanders, Heinicke is in line to serve as Washington's No. 2 QB in 2022, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Heinicke recorded a 7-8 record in his 15 starts last season after after taking over at QB for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who injured his hip in Week 1. However, based on the team's pending move to trade draft picks for Wentz, Heinicke is now in line to revert to a backup role in 2022.

Mar 9, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Lackluster numbers in finale

Heinicke completed nine of 18 passes for 120 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for three yards in Washington' 22-7 win over the Giants on Sunday. He also committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Heinicke finished with absolutely pedestrian numbers, but going up against a Jake Fromm-led Giants squad, they proved to be more than enough. The Old Dominion product also got help from his defense, which recorded a pick-six. Heinicke appeared to be making a strong case to serve as the team's long-term answer under center at one point after taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (IR-hip) in the opener, but he subsequently introduced plenty of doubt into the equation by throwing for under 200 yards in four of the last five games and also tossing six interceptions in the final six contests as well. Despite the rocky finish to the campaign, Heinicke is on the books for a manageable sub-$3 million figure in 2022, so he'll almost certainly be in the quarterback conversation come training camp while battling a likely offseason addition or two.

Jan 9, 2022 4:18 PM EST

Starting again Sunday

Heinicke will start Sunday's game against the Giants, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: Heinicke struggled once again during Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Eagles and completed 27 of 36 passes for 247 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while rushing twice for 14 yards. He's now thrown at least one interception in each of the last five games, but coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that the 28-year-old will remain the starter for Sunday's regular-season finale.

Jan 3, 2022 10:07 AM EST

Struggles again

Heinicke completed 27 of 36 passes for 247 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Eagles. He added two rushes for 14 yards.

Analysis: Contrary to reports that surfaced throughout the week, Heinicke was Washington's sole quarterback against the Eagles. However, his results didn't necessarily dictate that be the case. He averaged only 6.9 yards per attempt and also threw at least one interception for the fifth consecutive game. In addition to the errors, Heinicke failed to reach the end zone -- the ninth time in his last 11 contests that he has failed to throw for multiple touchdowns. Even if Heincke remains the starter in Week 18 against the Giants, his potential for a big game is not high.

Jan 2, 2022 8:03 PM EST

Grasp on starting job slipping

Head coach Ron Rivera said that Heinicke will remain Washington's starting quarterback in Sunday's game against the Eagles, but backup Kyle Allen is expected to receive some reps in the contest, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After both Heinicke and Allen weren't able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols ahead of a Week 15 loss to Philadelphia, the two signal-callers were activated prior to the matchup with Dallas. Though he got in a pair of practices before the game, Heincke struggled to move the offense in an embarrassing 56-14 loss to the Cowboys, completing only seven of 22 attempts for 121 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before he was benched in favor of Allen. The outcome was already decided by the time he took the field, but Allen looks like he'll get an opportunity to at least play a drive or two Week 17 after he completed eight of 10 attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown over his 17 snaps versus Dallas. Given the possibility that he won't handle a full workload against Philadelphia, Heinicke will be tough to trust for managers who may be thinking of using him in fantasy championship matchups.

Dec 27, 2021 11:21 AM EST

Benched in blowout loss

Heinicke (illness) completed seven of 22 pass attempts for 121 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 56-14 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Heinicke returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list for this contest, only to be greeted with a rude welcome from a relentless Dallas defense. Washington started the second half down 42-7, so head coach Ron Rivera rolled out backup Kyle Allen -- who threw for 67 yards and a touchdown -- to get some work in garbage time. The Football Team may opt to go with Allen over Heinicke moving forward based off of the contrasting performances Sunday, with whoever ends up starting having the task of keeping Washington's slim playoff hopes alive against the Eagles in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2021 9:36 PM EST

Returns from COVID-19 list

Washington activated Heinicke (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: After spending the last six days in quarantine, Heinicke is no longer symptomatic of the virus and will rejoin the Football Team for practice Thursday, setting him up to reclaim starting duties Sunday in Dallas. While both Heinicke and top backup Kyle Allen (illness) were on the reserve/COVID-19 list Week 15, Garrett Gilbert stepped in for the start in Tuesday's 27-17 loss to the Eagles. If Allen isn't cleared before the Week 16 contest, Gilbert will serve as the backup to Heinicke, whose recent absence had the benefit of allowing him to heal up from the knee and elbow injuries he sustained in the first matchup with Dallas in Week 14.

Dec 23, 2021 6:29 AM EST

Not playing Tuesday

Heinicke (illness) wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Eagles, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Neither Heinicke nor No. 2 signal-caller Kyle Allen (illness) was able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols after both tested positive for the virus less than a week ago, so for at least one game, Washington will turn the offense over to Garrett Gilbert, who was signed off the Patriots' practice squad Friday. The Football Team will hope to get one of Heinicke or Gilbert back in advance of its Week 16 game against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Dec 21, 2021 12:40 PM EST

Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

Heinicke (illness) and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Even with the delay, Heinicke, who was placed on the list Friday after testing positive for the virus, will face an uphill battle to clear the necessary protocols ahead of Tuesday's game. Top backup Kyle Allen was placed on the list Wednesday after a positive test and may stand a better chance of gaining clearance for Tuesday, but if neither he nor Heinicke are available, Washington will likely turn to the newly signed Garrett Gilbert or one of its two quarterbacks on the practice squad (Kyle Shurmur and Jordan Ta'amu) to make the Week 15 start.

Dec 17, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Heinicke was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after testing positive for the virus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Heinicke joins backup quarterback Kyle Allen in the COVID-19 protocols as both signal callers are likely unavailable for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles following positive test results. Kyle Shurmur is on the practice squad and will be in the mix to start Sunday, as will Garrett Gilbert, who was signed off New England's practice squad Friday, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.

Dec 17, 2021 7:12 AM EST

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