The Washington Post

Week 1 takeaways Taylor Heinicke gets an opportunit­y and impresses.

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Ryan Fitzpatric­k’s regular season debut for the Washington Football Team was more tragic than magic, though it wasn’t entirely the quarterbac­k’s fault. The 38-yearold headed to the locker room with a right hip injury after being sacked by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu midway through the second quarter and did not return in the 20-16 loss.

Taylor Heinicke, who went throw-for-throw with Tom Brady in last season’s wild-card game loss, came on in relief and demonstrat­ed why some thought there should have been a legitimate quarterbac­k competitio­n in training camp.

Fitzpatric­k went 3 for 6 for 13 yards, with his only completion­s to running back Antonio Gibson and wide receiver Adam Humphries. He took one deep shot, a pass intended for rookie wideout Dyami Brown on the first play of the second quarter that resulted in a 35-yard defensive pass interferen­ce penalty. Heinicke was 11 for 15 for 122 yards and a thirdquart­er touchdown pass to tight end Logan Thomas. He had the Fedex Field crowd chanting his name after he improvised with a flip pass that resulted in a 17-yard gain by Terry Mclaurin in the third quarter.

With a Thursday night game looming against the Giants, a potential quarterbac­k controvers­y, depending on Fitzpatric­k’s status, is not what anyone had in mind after Week 1.

 ?? JONATHAN NEWTON/THE WASHINGTON POST ?? Washington quarterbac­k Taylor Heinicke completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown after replacing Ryan Fitzpatric­k.
JONATHAN NEWTON/THE WASHINGTON POST Washington quarterbac­k Taylor Heinicke completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown after replacing Ryan Fitzpatric­k.

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