QB - WAS
Week 17 Outlook
Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football team have agreed to a 2-year/$8.75M contract extension, per Ian Rapoport.
Heinicke has been in the league for a few years after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Far from a household name, Heinicke played an outstanding effort in Wild Card Round against the Buccaneers, passing for 328 yards and falling just short to the Super Bowl Champs. At less than $5M per year, Heinicke will likely serve a backup role in Washington. It should be noted that his contract is incentivized by how many games he plays so this could be a quarterback situation to watch throughout the offseason.
Taylor Heinicke completed 26 of 44 passing attempts for 306 yards, a touchdown and an interception, including 46 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a 31-23 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.
Heinicke was great in his second career start, throwing under duress often and displaying his mobility on several plays, including an impressive eight-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to give Washington a chance at a comeback in the fourth quarter. Heinicke might have earned himself a contract as a No. 2 option either in Washington or elsewhere heading into the 2021 season.
The Washington Football Team is starting QB Taylor Heinicke in Saturday’s Wild Card matchup against the Bucs.
Alex Smith (calf) is officially inactive, so Heinicke will be tasked with leading Washington’s offense tonight. He can be safely ignored in weekend DFS slates.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports there is a "real chance" Taylor Heinicke winds up starting for Washington in Saturday's Wild Card matchup against the Bucs.
Rapoport adds that Alex Smith's calf is still sore and hasn't loosened up. Meanwhile, Heinicke has reportedly been taking the majority of snaps in practice. We might not know until inactives drop an hour and a half before kickoff is Smith will be able to go. Stay tuned.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke will start the team's Week 17 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles over Dwayne Haskins if Alex Smith is unable to play, head coach Ron Rivera announced Monday morning.
Heinicke entered the team's Week 16 game in relief of Haskins and completed 12 of his 19 pass attempts for 137 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 22 yards. The team is optimistic that Smith will be able to play on Sunday night against the Eagles, but Heinicke will get the start over Haskins if Smith is unable to go.