Taylor Heinicke

Washington Redskins
Quarterback #8
Washington Redskins
Quarterback #8

Taylor Heinicke News

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

Full practice, should play

Heinicke (knee/elbow) was a full practice participant Wednesday and is on track to start Sunday's game in Philadelphia, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: That's especially good news for Washington with backup quarterback Kyle Allen placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Allen replaced an injured Heinicke in the second half of Sunday's 27-20 loss to Dallas, but it appears an MRI confirmed Heinicke's initial belief that he avoided serious damage. His elbow injury injury also appears minor, with coach Ron Rivera saying the QB "didn't seem to have any issues" at Wednesday's practice.

Dec 15, 2021 11:35 AM EST

Getting MRI on knee

Heinicke will have an MRI on Monday on the knee injury he suffered Sunday against Dallas, but he's optimistic he'll be able to start in Week 15 against the Eagles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Heinicke was replaced by Kyle Allen in what ended up being a 27-20 loss to the Cowboys. Schefter reports that Heinicke's optimism about his status moving forward is shared by his team, but a more definitive prognosis on the starting quarterback's injury should emerge once his MRI results become available.

Dec 12, 2021 8:16 PM EST

Hurts knee Sunday

Heinicke suffered a knee injury during Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Heinicke spent much of Week 14 running for his life versus a fearsome Dallas pass rush, taking four sacks and seven quarterback hits overall. If he's unable to return, he'll have put together a dreadful passing line -- 11-for-25 for 122 yards, one touchdown and one interception -- to go with three carries for eight yards. Heinicke actually left this game in both the first and second half for spells, so he appears poised to have practice limitations in the coming days. Kyle Allen replaced Heinicke under center.

Dec 12, 2021 1:03 PM EST

Tosses two TDs in win

Heinicke completed 23 of 30 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 17-15 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: He also gained 10 yards on three carries. Heinicke and the Washington offense didn't have a lot of success moving the football, but the QB was able to convert a couple red-zone trips with scores to Logan Thomas (knee) and Antonio Gibson. It's only the second time in the last eight games Heinicke has tossed multiple TDs, but he may need to be productive again in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Dec 5, 2021 8:00 PM EST

Accurate in win

Heinicke completed 27 of 35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday night's 17-15 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Heinicke helped Washington move the ball and dominate possession by playing his usual crafty brand of quarterback. The signal-caller found tailback J.D. McKissic for a 10-yard touchdown prior to halftime, then hit Terry McLaurin for a 20-yard gain on a scoring drive to begin the third quarter. Although he had another touchdown overturned late in the fourth, Heinicke still did enough to lead his team to a third straight victory, putting him in good standing ahead of Week 13's trip to play the Raiders.

Nov 29, 2021 9:19 PM EST

Throws three touchdowns versus former team

Heinicke completed 16 of 22 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 27-21 win over the Panthers. He also rushed six times for 29 yards.

Analysis: Heinicke turned in a great performance against his former team, connecting on a trio of red-zone touchdowns before helping Washington seal the game late. It marked just the second time in Heinicke's career that he threw for three scores and he also didn't commit any turnovers. For good measure, Heinicke also pitched in some useful yardage on the ground. Following his triumph in Carolina on Sunday, Heinicke will now turn his attention toward a Monday night matchup versus Seattle in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 1:51 PM EST

Atones for '20 playoff loss

Heinicke completed 26 of 32 passes for 256 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and added 15 yards on three rushes in Washington's 29-19 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Heinicke turned in a razor-sharp performance in a rematch against the team that had ousted him and his teammates from last season's postseason, connecting on a season-high 81.3 percent of his throws and staying free of turnovers altogether. The 28-year-old's interception-less performance was his first since Week 4, and he helped seal the major upset victory with several key completions during a marathon 19-play touchdown drive that took up 10:26 of the fourth quarter. Heinicke's quest follow up a season-best effort will unfold in a Week 11 road date against a tough Panthers secondary.

Nov 14, 2021 2:46 PM EST

Tosses two picks in Denver

Heinicke completed 24 of 39 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Broncos. He also gained 10 yards on his only carry.

Analysis: The first pick came on what was effectively a hail mary at the end of the first half, but the second was a back-breaker as it came in the end zone with 49 seconds left on the clock and Washington driving for the tying score. Heinicke has a 3:6 TD:INT over the last four games, and Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) could be ready to reclaim the starting job coming out of the team's Week 9 bye.

Oct 31, 2021 6:15 PM EST

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

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