The Washington Football Team was put in a precarious position when Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured in the second quarter of Week 1.
It was ultimately revealed that Fitzpatrick suffered a hip subluxation. The well-traveled QB opted for rehab over surgery — a strong indicator he wants to return as soon as possible — and will spend the next 6-8 weeks on injured reserve.
Little did we know, however, that Taylor Heinicke would step in and perform better than fans wildest expectations. That isn’t a knock on Heinicke. His performance against the Buccaneers in last year’s playoffs was heroic. We just wanted more than a one-game sample size to really buy into the hype
Well, if the last six-plus quarters are any indication, we were dead wrong to second-guess Heinicke and these quotes following last Thursday’s thrilling division win over the Giants prove he was meant to be here.
3 quotes that prove Taylor Heinicke is THAT guy
3. Terry McLaurin vote of confidence
It’s clear that Heinicke trusts Terry McLaurin more than any of his other pass-catching options right now.
That figures to change as he gets more comfortable with the playbook, but the rapport between Heinicke and McLaurin is undeniable, as Scary Terry finished with a career-high 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown vs the Giants.
Who better to hear from in terms of Heinicke’s leadership and overall command of the huddle than his go-to receiver? During his postgame presser, McLaurin lauded Heinicke’s poise, saying the 28-year-old QB “does a really good job of speaking loud and clear and putting us (the team) in a great situation to be successful.”
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Talk about a vote of confidence, folks.
This might not seem like a big deal to some, but the fact Heinicke has the offense on the same page coming out of the huddle is SO important. It’s also rare for an inexperienced quarterback — Heinicke now has just three NFL starts under his belt — to be so adept calling out blitzes and coverages.
For Heinicke, it seems to come naturally and that proves he belongs.