Taylor Heinicke hopes Alex Smith remains with Washington next season

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While Alex Smith has said he believes his return to football threw a wrench in the plans of the Washington Football Team, one of his fellow quarterbacks hopes the team’s future continues to have Smith as a part of it.

In an interview with the NFL Network, Taylor Heinicke said he hopes that Smith is able to remain with the team for next season and spoke glowingly about what he brought to the group.

He means a lot to the team,” Heinicke said, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “He brings a lot to the table. Hopefully we can bring him back. I know a lot of the guys love him and he’s good for the locker room and he can still play. But football’s a crazy business. So who knows what’s going to happen.”

It was a calf injury to Smith that allowed for Heinicke to start in the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heinicke came out swinging in an attempt to toe-to-toe with Tom Brady and the Bucs. He threw for 306 yards with a touchdown and an interception and also ran for a touchdown in the 31-23 loss to Tampa Bay.

Heinicke said Smith supported him in the lead up to the game.

“It wasn’t awkward at all,” Heinicke said. “Alex is a great dude. He knows it was his team. If he was ready to go, he would’ve gone. It just felt like he wasn’t ready to go during that week. He wasn’t getting a lot of practice reps. I was getting the majority of them.”

Smith appeared in eight games for Washington last year with six starts after a nearly two-year absence recovering from a shattered leg and ensuing infections that resulted in nearly losing his limb. He threw for 1,582 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions for Washington.

Smith has two years remaining on his contract with the team.

6 responses to “Taylor Heinicke hopes Alex Smith remains with Washington next season

  1. Neither Smith nor Heinecke nor Haskins were the answer at QB. Washington is in QB hell, just like Chicago.

  2. Wouldn’t mind Alex hanging around as a coach or mentor but no way do I want him taking up a roster spot

  3. One thing I don’t get about Heinicke (and I know it was only one game)…but he showed a grasp of the offence, he read through route progressions, he is mobile, he ran when things broke down (but not right away like a lot of rookies do), and he seemed to have a general command of the offence & the huddle. He was fairly accurate, and seemed to stay out of trouble with a lot of risky throws. All that being said, I don’t know why people flat-out dismiss him as an option. If Haskins had played like that, the narrative would have been “he was a great pick and showed why he can be a solid starter”. But Heinicke is dismissed. Maybe someone on here can lend some thought or insight ?

  4. Hey Grant35, Chicago is in a completely different situation. Trubisky plays just well enough and shows just enough promise at time that he’s hard to give up on. There are moments when he appears to be turning the corner and the light has come on. So they give him more time and then he stumbles only to look brilliant again at some point. It is hard to give up on him but honestly they probably should. Washington has one QB that may not have the basic accuracy needed, Haskins, one unproven case, Heineken, and one competent QB whose injuries may or may not allow him to be successful. But at least two of these might fit the bill. Of those two, there might even be some trade value.

  5. It’s because it was one game where the Bucs clearly didn’t game plan or prepare for Heinicke. Look at it like this, that defense shut Mahomes down. If they game planned for Heinicke, I doubt he would’ve had a better game than Mahomes. The Bucs were keyed in on stopping the run and they did that. T@

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