Heinicke takes on Bucs again in Week 10
Taylor Heinicke made a start last season.
When coach Ron Rivera had a lot of the immaturity and lack of focus of Dwayne Haskins, he asked Heinicke to join the squad to support starter Alex Smith.
Smith hampered by a weakened calf on his injured leg, Rivera quickly gave Heinicke his first NFL start, in a playoff game, no less!
Heinicke responded by completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The No.4 also displayed good mobility, totaling 46 yards and one touchdown in six carries against Tampa Bay in a 31-23 loss.
When he starts off against Tampa Bay again on Sunday, he will have played the previous eight games this season, starting seven.
While Heinicke’s performance in the playoff game created unfair expectations on the part of some fans, he appears to have remained balanced so far.
Taking math lessons and sleeping on his sister’s couch, Heinicke thought his career was probably over. “I thought I was done with football last year,” Heinicke said on Wednesday. From that game until now, I have won a lot of money and I feel a lot more comfortable in life. So it’s a totally different feeling than what I was feeling at this point last year. “
âI don’t know how far I’ve evolved as a quarterback; it’s only been eight weeks (games). I feel like I’m improving every week and I’m learning something every week. But my life has changed dramatically.
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– Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 10, 2021
Washington fans remember Heinicke being offered and signed to a two-year contract after the playoff game.
While he hasn’t played well enough at this point to be considered the long-term starter, has the former ODU monarch shown he can serve as a sufficient replacement for the NFL, extending his career?