The Washington Post
Week 1 takeaways Taylor Heinicke gets an opportunity and impresses.
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.