Taylor Heinicke feels “a lot more confident” as starter this year

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The Commanders are turning to Taylor Heinicke as their starting quarterback for the third straight season.

Heinicke started a playoff loss during the 2020 season after Alex Smith was injured and he started 15 games last year after taking over when Ryan Fitzpatick went down for the season in Week One. Carson Wentz is the ailing starter this time and Heinicke said on Wednesday that he feels better prepared for the job than he did during his previous elevations to the starting role.

“I feel a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident,” Heinicke said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “I was a little overwhelmed last year; it was my first time starting 15 games and it gets to you a little bit.”

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin said that Heinicke’s “ability to extend plays is really big for us” and he’s shown a knack for making plays with his legs in the past. Given the protection issues that led to Wentz being sacked 23 times in six games, that mobility could come in handy for a team looking for more out of their offense.

11 responses to “Taylor Heinicke feels “a lot more confident” as starter this year

  1. Love Heinicke , Love his story … maybe he can at least make the commanders season respectable .

  2. This dude is a bulldog and his pumped-up energy might actually make the Commanders (awful, awful name) fun to watch again.

  3. I truly believe it will become very evident over the next few weeks as to what the true problem was with the offense and it isn’t the offensive line.

  4. Rex Grossman, Colt McCoy, Kyle Allen, Taylor Heineke… just a long-line of backup types that 80% of our fan base would argue you down are great! Losing franchises breed fans who expect less!

  5. Instantly a significant better football team with Heinicke. He should have been the starter all along. He is a player you can build around. You dont need to be the greatest QB in the league to win significantly.

  6. Green Bay Cheese Cheater fans should be sorry that Carson Yutz isn’t starting. You only have to defend the center of the field behind the line of scrimmage with that statue. Now you have to expect roll outs and Heinicke’s escapability. And you won’t find Heinicke sulking after the first quarter. Heinicke is a baller. Doubt him at your own risk. Just ask Tampa Bay.

  7. Actually think Washington is better off with Heinicke than Wentz. Green Bay may lose third game in a row.

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