Taylor Heinicke Believes He’s Earned The Right To Stay QB1

Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was sidelined with an injury after suffering a hip during the loss to the Chargers in Week 1, and the 4th-year quarterback Taylor Heincke filled in. Heincke completed 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards, 1 interception, and 2 touchdowns, earning himself a 99.5 QB rating in the 1 point win over the Giants — the team’s first win over the Giants in three years.

Taylor Heinicke played very well Thursday’s night win over the G-men. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the next 6-8 weeks, but Heinicke believes he has earned the right to start the rest of the season.

Michael Irvin of NFL Network asked the 4th-year quarterback if he believed, with the job he’s done, if he earned the right to start at quarterback for the team for the rest of the year.

Heinicke’s answer: “I do, and I have confidence that I can do it. So if those guys in the locker room and the facility believe in me, that’s all that matters, and I believe they do.”

In only his second regular-season start, he believes he is ready to take over as the permanent starter and has been preparing to do so for years. “Even as a backup, I prepared every week like I was the starter.”

Ron Rivera will have a tough decision to make when and if Ryan Fitzpatrick returns, but for now, it’s Heinicke’s job, and he doesn’t plan on giving it up anytime soon.