Ocho meses despues, Heinicke obtiene las llaves de la camioneta una vez más, reemplazando a Ryan Fitzpatrick lesionado. Esta vez, the Old Dominion University product will have to keep the team afloat while the veteran quarterback is on the mend. He will get a legitimate chance to catapult Washington to the top of the beleaguered NFC East. His time begins Thursday night against the Gigantes de Nueva York.
If there was any doubt about the team’s hopes for this season, second-year defensive end Chase Young attempted to quash it Wednesday. He gave Heinicke a big vote of confidence.
“He could start on any other team in the league,” he said of Heinicke, vía El Washington Post.
It’s a bold backing for a quarterback who only has one regular season start since entering the league in 2017. He’s been with Washington since 2020 and before that was with the Houston Texans y Carolina Panthers. Washington added Heinicke to the practice squad in December 2020. The Panthers had cut Heinicke in August 2019 Current Washington coach Ron Rivera was the Panthers’ coach at the time.
The 28-year-old was 11-for-15 with a touchdown pass and 122 rushing yards in the four-point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers el domingo.
Rivera said Heinicke “plays a little bit like his hair is on fire” but had hopes that he matured between 2020 y ahora.
He was 26-for-44 with 306 yardas de paso, two total touchdowns and an interception in the playoff loss to the Bucs last year.