Heinicke’s second NFL start came after it was announced that 알렉스 스미스 was out with a calf injury but the young pro did not disappoint and came close to what could have been an upset against playoff veteran 톰 브래디.
Heinicke did his best to keep Washington in the game. He was 26-for-44 with 306 지나가는 야드, a touchdown and an interception and led the team in rushing yards with 46.
“I deserve to be in this league a little longer,” Heinicke said of his own performance after the game, 통하다 ESPN. “I’ve been on the other side not playing and it’s not fun, not as fun as this.”
The quarterback situation in Washington has been extremely fluid this season and head coach Ron Rivera has a history with Heinicke that could keep him there as he heads into the next season as a free agent.
“I love Ron. I want to be back in Washington,” 그는 말했다, 통하다 NBC Sports.
Heinicke was picked up off waivers in 2018 when Rivera was head coach of the 캐롤라이나 팬더 스. He played backup to Cam Newton for six games and started in Week 16 에 대하여 Atlanta Falcons, where he completed 33 의 57 passes, one touchdown and three interceptions.
“It was gutsy,” Rivera said of Heinicke’s performance. “The young man earned an opportunity.”