Heinicke is the “preferred” QB1, a belief that stemmed from the offseason, CBS Sports reported
“I can’t speak for Ron (Rivera), but it would be really hard to sit him down now,” one source said.
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws a touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Heinicke was 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-30 come-from-behind victory over the Falcons in Atlanta last week. He threw two TDs in the final 3:52 to give Washington (2-2) the victory.
“Taylor is just one of those dynamic players who knows how to make plays,” Rivera said after the game. “As I said, nothing is ever done with him. He’s just going to continue to work.”
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) celebrates after a go-ahead touchdown throw to running back J.D. McKissic (not pictured) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Fitzpatrick sustained a partial dislocation of his right hip after taking a hard hit during the Week 1 matchup against Los Angeles Chargers. He opted to rehab his injury as opposed to surgery and is expected to make a return around Week 7.
Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) reacting after getting tackled by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. Fitzpatrick was injured on this play and was replaced by Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
According to the report, Fitzpatrick’s return will be more about adding depth to the quarterback room.