Heinicke will battle Sam Howell in training camp to be the No. 2 quarterback in Washington behind Carson Wentz. Heinicke can be ignored in all leagues unless he wins that battle and Wentz suffers an injury.
Taylor Heinicke was famously out of football when he got a call from Washington late in the 2020 season, leading to an improbably heroic playoff game against the Buccaneers. He re-signed as Ryan Fitzpatrick's backup last season, but injuries opened the door for Heinicke to start 15 games. Although his touchdown rate (4.0%) and accuracy (65.0%) were acceptable, his interception rate (3.0%) and fumbles (7) were not. This season, Heinicke steps back into a more natural role - the backup - but has more experience running the offense than most team's backups will.