Taylor Heinicke, the former St. Louis BattleHawk and current Washington Football Team Quarterback could be named the starter for Week 17 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Heinicke took over for former first round pick Dwayne Haskins in the fourth quarter in yesterdays 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He put up some decent numbers in limited time, completing 12 of 19 pass attempts for 137 yards and tossing a touchdown pass to J.D. Mckissic.
Heinicke was a member of the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL in 2020. He served as a backup to Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu and did not appear in any of the teams five games. Heinicke was signed by Washington on December 8th and was promoted to the active roster back on December 19th. Heinicke was an undrafted free agent of the Vikings in 2015. He has also spent time with the Patriots, Texans and Panthers.
WFT HC Ron Rivera said Taylor Heinicke will play in Sunday night’s division-deciding game against the Eagles if Alex Smith cannot.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2020
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, WFT might be making the switch to the former Old Dominion University signal caller. With Quarterback Alex Smith sidelined with a calf injury and Dwayne Haskins unable to hold down the starting spot, look for Heinicke to potentially be penciled in to start this Sunday. With a win over the Eagles on Sunday night, Washington can clinch the division for the first time since 2015. It could all rest on the shoulders of a former XFL Quarterback.
EDIT: Washington has waived Dwayne Haskins.
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LANDOVER, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 27: Taylor Heinicke #4 of the Washington Football Team scrambles with the ball away from the tackle of Efe Obada #94 of the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter at FedExField on December 27, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)