Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke only started Thursday’s game against the New York Giants because Ryan Fitzpatrick is injured. However, after a 30-29 win, Heinicke said he believes he has earned the starting job.
After the game, Michael Irvin asked Heinicke on the NFL Network if he thinks he has earned the right to start for the rest of the season.
“I do it, and I am confident that I can do it,” Heinicke said, according to Professional football talk. “So if those guys in the locker room and facilities believe in me, that’s all that matters, and I think they do.”
Heinicke has only started two NFL regular-season games and one postseason game in his career. Despite a lack of experience, the 28-year-old says he always prepares like he was the starter, even when he was behind Fitzpatrick on the depth chart.
Heinicke was impressive Thursday night, completing 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns against an interception. His two-minute drive in the fourth quarter, capped by a 43-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins at the bell, sealed Washington’s 30-29 victory.
Fitzpatrick is expected to be out of service for up to eight weeks. It’s unclear what Ron Rivera’s plan as quarterback is for when he returns. If Heinicke continues to play well, he could very well start the rest of the season.