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Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke nearly led the team to a wild card upset against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
Eight months later, Heinicke gets the keys to the station wagon once again, filling in for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. This time, 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 New York Giants.
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) dives to score a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers Kevin Minter (51) and Lavonte David (54) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Rivera said Heinicke “plays a little bit like his hair is on fire” but had hopes that he matured between 2020 and now.
He was 26-for-44 with 306 passing yards, two total touchdowns and an interception in the playoff loss to the Bucs last year.
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