Randolph, Maryland-Washington football quarterback Taylor Heinicke did not win the game; however, he did win a team-maybe more.
Heinicke started with the injured Alex Smith. In the wild card round of the playoffs on Saturday, Washington lost 31-23 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kicking the ball (just not enough). Hynek did not win, but he did complete 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran to score.
A player who has been in the league for nearly two years really proved this.
Free agent Heinnick said: “I should stay in this league for a while.” “I have been on the other side and not playing, and it is not fun, not that interesting.
In the process, Hynek also won the support of his teammates-even the star player of another team. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, acknowledged his performance on Twitter.
After the game, Washington receiver Terry McLaurin had a conversation with Heinicke as he left the court. McLaughlin just wanted to let him know how much he admired him.
McLaughlin said: “I will be fourth on my team twice on Sunday any day of the week.” “I hope we will be teammates in the future.
“That guy plays fearlessly. He will give his players a chance to play. He will expand the game, he will run, he will hit the ball. He did what you asked the quarterback to do in this league Everything…he gave us a chance.”
He didn’t know he was going to start until coach Ron Rivera told Heinich on Friday afternoon. However, Washington did not remain silent until a few hours before the game. Smith is troubled by the tightness of his right calf, and Tampa Bay is known for its defensive pressure, and the price of his inability to escape is too high.
Rivera said: “We don’t want him to get into trouble.”
He later said: “We are really [Heinicke] opportunity. “
Heinicke ran for 46 yards six times and scored in an 8-yard run at the end of the third quarter. In that game, his first three options were covered up and his pockets were pinched. He somehow hid under the pressure and slipped through an opening in his pocket. He left the left sideline and entered the finish area where the ball hit the tower. During this process, his left shoulder suffered AC joint separation.
He said: “I want to get this kind of touchdown.”
In the subsequent series, he suffered two heavy blows and walked to the sidelines in obvious pain. Then, he jogged to the locker room, but did not miss a game.
When asked about his situation at Hynek, Kendall Fuller in the corner of Washington’s corner said: “His courage, willingness to fight, willingness to compete.” “This undoubtedly inspired the entire team.”
When Washington called in December, Heinicke was taking four math courses at Old Dominion University. That was the final week. At the end of the season, he obtained permission to participate in two finals.
Washington likes that Heinicki knows the system of offensive coordinator Scott Turner. He played with the Minnesota Vikings for two years and the Carolina Panthers for a year. That was his only start before Saturday. He withdrew from the game due to an elbow injury and later required surgery. For the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Heinicke, durability is an issue.
He was released by Carolina in the last preseason layoffs in August 2019 and did not play football for a whole year. He eventually signed with the XFL’s St. Louis Hawks, but did not participate in their five games. The end of undrafted free agents in 2015 is approaching.
He left a deep impression on his Washington teammates.
Washington said to Morgan Moses: “His lifestyle, he is a real professional player.” “Before we pick him up, I can’t tell you why he is on the street. He has the qualities of every player you want. . I’m glad we found him. He has nothing to explain his performance today. He is on an important stage, and I appreciate that.”
Moses had watched Hynek playing in college.
Moses said: “That guy is an amazing player.” “He has the’It’ factor, you can’t teach it.”
Heinnick returned from an injury, and this “factor” paid off in the series. He led a 75-yard touchdown game and was capped by a beautiful 11-yard pass to Steven Sims Jr., leading him to the corner of the end zone.
Rivera said: “It’s timid.” “This young man has won the opportunity.”
Now he will have to wait a while to see if or when the next one appears.
Hynek said: “Everything that happened in the past month and a half made me proud of myself. I am happy that the coaches believed in me and gave me a chance.” “I hope to do it next year.”