Heinicke said after the game he felt like he did enough to earn the starting job for the rest of the season, even when Ryan Fitzpatrick does come back from a hip injury. He was 34-for-46 with 336 passing yards, two touchdown passes and an interception. He had a key touchdown pass to Ricky Seals-Jones in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Heinicke’s teammates threw their support behind him.
“You can say he’s not that. You look at his performance, you got a good look at that. I think he is that. He showed it. He can be that. You know what I’m saying?” Chase Young told NBC Sports Washington.
Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) gestures to fans against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at FedExField. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
“Just to see what he did last year, came in and making plays. And to do that again today, what are we talking about?”
Washington running back J.D. McKissic caught a pass that set up Heinicke’s touchdown to Seals-Jones. He also had a rushing touchdown in the win.
He made a major comparison with Heinicke and a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) passes the ball as New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) defends in the fourth quarter at FedExField. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
“He reminded me of Russell Wilson,” McKissic said, via Pro Football Talk. “He was calm. He wanted to make a play. He wanted to do anything it took. Only thing on his mind was winning.”
Heinicke will be the starting quarterback for a few more weeks, and more games like Thursday will put Washington under pressure to make the decision whether to keep the Old Dominion University product as the starter.