Washington QB Taylor Heinicke's journey: From brats to NCAA records to seltzer sprays

Jan 2, 2021

Editor’s note: Taylor Heinicke will make his first career playoff start on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after starter Alex Smith was made inactive with a calf injury. Here’s what you need to know about Heinicke.

ASHBURN, Va. — As Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke waited out a TV break during his first NFL drive in two years, rookie defensive end Chase Young ran up to him. He wanted to encourage Heinicke. The onetime undrafted free agent with 58 career passes on his résumé stopped Young.

“I’ve got you, bro,” Heinicke told him. “This is what I do.”

He led one touchdown drive and another drive that fell just short in a 20-13 loss to Carolina. And as Washington (6-9) gets ready for a season finale at the Eagles on Sunday (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) in Philadelphia, where a win would clinch the NFC East title, there’s one truth to know about Heinicke: He’ll be prepared.

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