We’re just two weeks into the new campaign and the Washington Football Team is already on their second starting quarterback.
Of course, Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be shelved until Week 9 at the earliest after an MRI revealed he suffered a hip subluxation. The 38-year-old won’t undergo surgery and will spend the foreseeable future on injured reserve.
Luckily for Washington, they have one of the most electric backup quarterbacks in the league in Taylor Heinicke, who fared extremely well in his first career regular season start against the Giants on Thursday night.
While the Football Team has expressed the utmost conviction in Heinicke, it’s worth noting he has an extensive injury history. Further, despite impressing in limited opportunities, there’s a chance he simply isn’t a starting-caliber QB.
We’ll have a stronger gauge of the situation over the next two months, but Washington should no doubt be monitoring potential emergency options in the event that Heinicke goes down or struggles in relief of Fitzpatrick.
What that in mind, let’s highlight three quarterbacks the Football Team should consider adding in case of emergency.
Full disclosure: Marcus Mariota would’ve claimed the No. 1 spot on this list. However, the Raiders backup aggravated a quad injury in Week 1 against Baltimore and is expected to be sidelined for several games. If Mariota makes a swift recovery, however, we would definitely endorse the WFT taking a look at him.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
3 quarterbacks the Football Team should be monitoring
3. Cam Newton
You had to know it was coming, right?
In different circumstances, Cam Newton would’ve landed higher on this list. However, the sheer unlikelihood of Ron Rivera changing his stance on reuniting with the former MVP sees him at the bottom spot.
Having said, we believe Rivera, if backed into the smallest of corners, would swallow his pride and sign Newton, who’s currently a free agent after the Patriots shockingly released him before the 53-man roster deadline.
While Newton was a huge disappointment with the Patriots last season, there were a number of extenuating circumstances that contributed to his shortcomings. Not only was he signed with very little time to study the playbook, but he was throwing to a bottom-barrel receiving corps.
As if that wasn’t enough, Newton tested positive for COVID-19 just as he was getting into a groove and never looked the same upon returning.
That isn’t to say Washington should disregard his struggles. We just think Newton has more to offer to the NFL at age 32. We could be wrong, but he’s undeniably one of the best available options for the Football Team.
Just keep Newton in the back of your mind.