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How long is Ryan Fitzpatrick out?

Fitzpatrick will be out for 6-8 weeks as a result of the injury, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Washington placed him on IR while he recovers from the injury. Sporting NewsWhat happened to Ryan Fitzpatrick? Injury details, updates with Washington QB out vs. Giants

Where did Taylor Heinicke play college football?

Heinicke played college ball at Old Dominion, a school that only made the transition to FBS while he was there, and was not selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Both signal-callers are underdogs and journeymen respective to their NFL careers. ForbesFrom One Journeyman To Another: How Taylor Heinicke Can Bring Stability Under Center In Washington

Who is Taylor Heinicke? Meet the Washington QB replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick after injury

Sporting News 17 September, 2021 - 10:01am

The Washington Football Team QB carousel was among the most intriguing stories in football in 2020, and that has followed them into the 2021 season. Heinicke, the team's backup who got some shine in the playoffs, is starting in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington's matchup vs. the Giants on Thursday night.

The second year of Ron Rivera's Washington tenure has been marred by a QB nightmare: From Dwayne Haskins' failure and release to Ryan Fitzpatrick's hip injury in Week 1, the passer position hasn't been settled. Now, they once again turn to Heinicke to stabilize the ship.

Here's what you need to know about the quarterback who's hoping to push Washington to their first win over the Giants since 2018:

Heinicke — pronounced "high-nuh-key" — is a product of Old Dominion University, where he was a four-year starter as the Monarchs' QB. In those four years, Heinicke completed over 67 percent of his passes for 14,959 yards and 132 touchdowns.

Heinicke went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, eventually signing a contract with the Vikings. He would go on to win the third-string job and stick with Minnesota until being released for injury in 2017. He spent about a month with the Patriots soon after that; he was eventually released in October 2017.

The journeyman backup made his NFL debut in November 2017 with the Texans, replacing an injured T.J. Yates. He completed his only pass before being checked for a concussion, ending his brief stay as Houston quarterback. The Texans waived Heinicke the following April.

Heinicke got an extended look as a member of Ron Rivera's Panthers in 2018 after Carolina claimed him on waivers. While he appeared in six games backing up Cam Newton, he only started one, a Week 16 matchup vs. the Falcons in which he suffered an elbow injury. He completed 33 of 57 passes with a touchdown and three interceptions on the day. Heinicke was replaced by future Washington quarterback Kyle Allen. The Panthers eventually re-signed Heinicke and then released him the following August.

He found himself in the XFL in 2020 as a member of the St. Louis BattleHawks but did not see any action on the field. He once again became a free agent after the league suspended operations.

Heinicke made his return to the NFL in 2020, again playing under Rivera, but this time with Washington. He was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 8 before eventually being elevated to the active roster as Dwayne Haskins' backup. Heinicke would replace the benched Haskins in a Week 16 matchup vs. the Panthers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in Washington's loss.

With Alex Smith hobbled with a calf injury, Washington turned to Heinicke for their wild-card round matchup vs. the Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL playoffs, and he played relatively well: Heinicke was 26-of-44 passing for 306 yards a touchdown and an interception. If nothing else, Heinicke kept Washington in the game.

Now, they'll hope that he can go out and win one on Thursday.

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Who is Taylor Heinicke? Meet the Washington QB replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick after injury

WUSA9 17 September, 2021 - 10:01am

The Washington Football Team QB carousel was among the most intriguing stories in football in 2020, and that has followed them into the 2021 season. Heinicke, the team's backup who got some shine in the playoffs, is starting in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington's matchup vs. the Giants on Thursday night.

The second year of Ron Rivera's Washington tenure has been marred by a QB nightmare: From Dwayne Haskins' failure and release to Ryan Fitzpatrick's hip injury in Week 1, the passer position hasn't been settled. Now, they once again turn to Heinicke to stabilize the ship.

Here's what you need to know about the quarterback who's hoping to push Washington to their first win over the Giants since 2018:

Heinicke — pronounced "high-nuh-key" — is a product of Old Dominion University, where he was a four-year starter as the Monarchs' QB. In those four years, Heinicke completed over 67 percent of his passes for 14,959 yards and 132 touchdowns.

Heinicke went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, eventually signing a contract with the Vikings. He would go on to win the third-string job and stick with Minnesota until being released for injury in 2017. He spent about a month with the Patriots soon after that; he was eventually released in October 2017.

The journeyman backup made his NFL debut in November 2017 with the Texans, replacing an injured T.J. Yates. He completed his only pass before being checked for a concussion, ending his brief stay as Houston quarterback. The Texans waived Heinicke the following April.

Heinicke got an extended look as a member of Ron Rivera's Panthers in 2018 after Carolina claimed him on waivers. While he appeared in six games backing up Cam Newton, he only started one, a Week 16 matchup vs. the Falcons in which he suffered an elbow injury. He completed 33 of 57 passes with a touchdown and three interceptions on the day. Heinicke was replaced by future Washington quarterback Kyle Allen. The Panthers eventually re-signed Heinicke and then released him the following August.

He found himself in the XFL in 2020 as a member of the St. Louis BattleHawks but did not see any action on the field. He once again became a free agent after the league suspended operations.

Heinicke made his return to the NFL in 2020, again playing under Rivera, but this time with Washington. He was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 8 before eventually being elevated to the active roster as Dwayne Haskins' backup. Heinicke would replace the benched Haskins in a Week 16 matchup vs. the Panthers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in Washington's loss.

With Alex Smith hobbled with a calf injury, Washington turned to Heinicke for their wild-card round matchup vs. the Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL playoffs, and he played relatively well: Heinicke was 26-of-44 passing for 306 yards a touchdown and an interception. If nothing else, Heinicke kept Washington in the game.

Now, they'll hope that he can go out and win one on Thursday.

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15 Best Android 12 tips and tricks you need to know

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When you think about Android 12, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For many people, it's probably the bold new styling that Google is pushing — known as Material You — but Android 12 is about so much more than just a pretty overhaul. Google has enhanced privacy, added convenient new features, and incorporated feedback from users in so many ways.

When your current phone gets the Android 12 update, or you pick up one of the best Android phones with Android 12 pre-installed, these are the Android 12 tips and tricks you need to know!

While it's not the only thing that's new in Android 12, there's no doubt that the new theme engine is the headline feature of this massive update. Android 12's potent theme engine looks to be best experienced on a Google Pixel phone, but many phones powered by Android 12 should have similar features. To get started, all you'll need to do is change your wallpaper.

You can get to the wallpaper & style app by long-pressing on any blank space on your home screen and selecting wallpaper & style. Google's software will automatically extract up to four different theme options based on the wallpaper chosen, which you can select below the Change wallpaper option. If you don't like one of the automated selections, you can choose from four colors under the basic colors section in the same app.

Colors are different depending on whether you've chosen light or dark mode for the phone, so experiment with those settings to find your favorite combination. You can even choose to apply the chosen theme to supported apps automatically, though not all of your favorite apps have likely updated to the new theme engine just yet. If inconsistency bothers you, leave this setting off.

It's been some time since Android widgets have seen some love. But thanks to Apple's newfound fondness for widgets on its normally bland home screen, Google has seen fit to show them who did it first by giving its neglected widgets some attention.

With Android 12, some of your favorite system widgets have seen significant overhauls or brand new additions. The clock widget is the most notable addition to the crew, with four brand new styles to choose from.

On top of that, a new conversations widget makes it easier to keep track of your favorite conversations without worrying about the app they've taken place in. Maybe your best friend prefers to use WhatsApp, while your other circle uses Discord. No matter what app your favorite conversations take place in, adding a dedicated conversations widget for each of these chats makes finding them a single tap away.

At the bottom of your home screen, you might notice a new icon next to that voice search microphone. That camera shutter-looking icon is a quick shortcut to Google Lens's visual search, which lets you take a picture of anything you can think of and get visual search results right from Google.

Visually searching for something can be superior to typing it in for several reasons. Maybe it's searching for a flower you came across on your daily neighborhood walk or just scanning the QR code at the restaurant you just sat down at. No matter what you need to look for, Google Lens is the easiest way to find it.

Google's new device search can be found by typing anything into the search box in the app drawer. Swipe the drawer up, type in a word or name, and it will display everything from apps to conversations and emails. It'll even display your downloaded files. It's a new way of organizing information that is now a one-stop shop for anything you might need on your phone.

To make things even easier, you can toggle the keyboard to appear as soon as you open the app drawer. While this might be a bit jarring at first, having everything just a few key taps away quickly become the quickest way to access anything that can't be pinned to the home screen. To do that, click the overflow menu on the right side of the device search bar — remember, that's the one in the app drawer — and select always show keyboard.

In Android 12, Google reduced the number of quick toggles shown in the notification shade. Instead of five small icons, you'll now find four larger rounded-off rectangular buttons. Similarly, when you pull down the notification shade all the way, only eight toggles are now available, while Android 11 showed a total of ten toggles. As a result, you'll need to make sure you prioritize these toggles to make the best of the situation.

As before, customizing your quick toggles is as easy as pulling down the notification shade all the way and clicking the pencil icon below the last row of quick toggles. Pay close attention to what's in this menu, too, as Google has added several new toggles that are well worth taking a look at.

Located in that quick toggle panel is a new set of buttons that allow you to universally revoke camera and mic access for all apps on the phone. These buttons can be used as a temporary way to block the use of all cameras or microphones on your device and could be a godsend for the virtual meetings we're all regularly a part of nowadays.

To find these new buttons, pull down your notification shade all the way and click the edit button — it looks like a pencil — then drag the camera access and mic access buttons up into the active part of the quick toggles panel. Now, any time you want to block camera or mic access, pull down the notification shade and click either of the necessary buttons.

Before we leave the quick toggles area, you might want to click on the one labeled Internet. Previously, this quick toggle only handled Wi-Fi connections and, even then, the past few versions of Android removed the quick switch feature. Quick switching is back, and Google has combined Wi-Fi and mobile data into one handy panel known appropriately as the Internet panel.

Clicking on this new quick tile will bring up a half-sized dialog box from the bottom of the phone that lets you quickly switch between Wi-Fi networks and toggle Wi-Fi and mobile data on or off.

Google previously added a device control panel to the power menu in Android 11. It was a feature loved by many, as it made smart home control as quick as pressing and holding the power button and tapping on a quick toggle. Google is aligning its designs with Samsung in Android 12, using the power button to call up Google Assistant instead. You can disable that feature easily by opening up the Settings app, scrolling down to System, selecting gestures, then toggling the press and hold power button option.

If you're looking for device controls, you'll find them in one of two places: in the notification shade as a quick toggle — which I would recommend moving into the top four if you regularly use it — or on the bottom-left corner of the lock screen. Either way you access it, the device controls panel looks identical to what we saw in Android 11. Accessing it is the change, and while it's caused quite a stir among beta testers, it's likely Google is keeping device controls in these locations for the time being.

Google has experimented with local sharing capabilities for years. Previously, in Android 11, Nearby share was only useful if someone nearby was in your contacts list. But its latest updates to Nearby Share make it easier than ever to quickly share a link, photo, or something else with folks in your general physical vicinity. Nearby share is easily called up by using the quick tile when you pull down the notification shade.

Now, in Android 12, a new half-sized dialog box appears on the bottom portion of your screen when you select nearby share and allows you to enable sharing for everyone nearby. Google's design allows you to temporarily select the everyone sharing mode, thereby reducing the risk of what often happens with Apple's AirDrop functionality. This new design also means it's a one-tap change to select this option, while you would previously have had to go into sharing settings to change this value.

With the Pixel 5, we saw Google shift from using a squeeze to launch Assistant to using other methods, such as the power button. Initially hidden was the ability for the Pixel 5 to launch shortcuts or apps with a quick tap on the back of the phone, essentially working as an extra quick launch button without a physical button being present.

That makes it easy to play or pause music, launch your favorite digital assistant, see your recent apps, or open any custom app you'd like.

In Android 12, Google is expanding the number of functions you can assign to the back tap; but only a select few devices support this new functionality. If you've got a device that supports back tap, like the Pixel 5, here's how to set it up.

Have you ever been lying in bed watching something on your phone when it suddenly rotates on its own? This is most common when laying on your side and trying to read portrait content while holding your phone in landscape orientation. Sure, you could turn auto-rotate off, but Google has learned a few tricks over the years and can now use machine learning to determine the orientation of your face relative to the phone.

In a nutshell, that means the phone won't rotate so long as it sees your face is oriented in the same direction as the screen. To enable this new face detection mode, head on over to display settings in the phone's system settings app, click on the auto-rotate screen, and enable the face detection feature.

Google keeps any camera data obtained for the use of this feature on your phone, locked away behind the Android Privacy Core and inaccessible to any other apps. It's also not stored after being used to determine whether the phone should actually rotate or not, so there's no need to worry about that data sitting around somewhere. If you don't like your phone looking at you, here's how to disable Android 12's head-based auto-rotation.

With Android 12, Google is introducing the concept of a Privacy Dashboard. Privacy Dashboard makes it easy to see all the different permissions apps request throughout the day, including super detailed statistics for the three categories that could see the most heinous abuse: location, camera, and microphone.

Selecting any of these three permissions brings up a timeline view of every app that accesses that permission, along with a way to remove an app's ability to access that permission quickly. Right now, Android 12 only offers 24 hours' worth of detailed history by default. Some manufacturers, like Samsung, have extended that history out to one full week's worth of permission access data, giving you an even more detailed look at what apps are doing with your data.

It's good to stop by the privacy dashboard every so often, especially if you notice any new camera or microphone indicators appearing when you don't expect them to. Those new indicators appear in the form of bright green icons on the top-right corner of the screen any time an app accesses your camera or microphone. That's a massive step forward for users' privacy, as it means you'll always know when an app accesses your camera or microphone.

Previously, you just had to trust that an app wouldn't abuse these permissions. To find Privacy Dashboard, open your system settings and look for the privacy section.

Scrolling screenshots have been a feature of many Android phones for years, but Google is finally officially adopting it in Android 12. But this isn't just some carbon copy of a feature that many already know; it's a sensible redesign that makes taking long screenshots easier than ever.

When you take a screenshot — typically invoked by pressing the volume down and power keys simultaneously — a new capture more button allows you to take a screenshot of more than just what you can immediately see on screen. Google's refined version of this now-common feature includes a brilliant magnifying glass-like zoom feature when dragging the bounding box down, allowing you to more precisely align the edge for what you were trying to capture.

Back on Android 9 Pie, Google introduced a new type of multitasking screen, also known as Overview, that prioritized capturing text from another running app over fast app switching. While this has been a point of contention for some people, Google has doubled down on its efforts to make the Overview screen a place you go to capture information quickly, rather than just switching between apps.

The latest upgrade comes in the form of quick link and image sharing, which can be seen by two new icons on each Overview tile. In the screenshot above, you'll notice a chain link icon next to the website URL, which can be clicked to quickly copy the URL to the clipboard for fast sharing, effectively removing a few taps from this common task.

The second is the new image icon, a shortcut for quickly extracting a picture from a supported app. From there, you perform a visual image search via Google Lens, copy, save, or share it with the system dialog, or quickly share it to one of four common contacts along the row at the bottom.

It's been some time since Android battery statistics were useful; in fact, the most recent versions of Android had simplified battery statistics we found nigh useless for actionable information. Android 12 fixes this glaring issue with a significantly more detailed look at what has been draining your phone's battery throughout the day. Its battery usage pane showcases an easy-to-read graph up top and detailed app statistics below.

Now it's easy to see just how much of a percentage of the battery your apps might have drained, but total usage time and background time without having to click into another section. Clicking on any app in this list will bring you to the battery optimization page for each, allowing you to specify more or less strict usage restrictions with a single tap. It's another great way Google is simplifying things without taking away needed functionality or information.

While perusing the Google Play Store on an Android 12-powered phone, you might have noticed a small lightning bolt icon inside of the download button for some apps. Typically reserved for games, the new play as you download feature does exactly what it sounds like. A small percentage of a larger game will be downloaded first, allowing you to begin to play in a short amount of time while the rest of the app downloads in the background.

This is particularly important for several big titles that often weigh in at multiple gigabytes in size and could take a significant amount of time to download. Any game that supports this feature will let you play after only a few seconds of download time, getting you into a new game quicker instead of having to wait around or doom scroll social media while waiting.

Android 12 is a gorgeous new way to interact with your phone every day, adding a splash of color everywhere, new features, and everyday tasks and information that are easier to access and understand. Google has built plenty of new tricks under the hood, like the machine-learning-enabled face detection feature while rotating the phone, to color palette extraction from a single picture for the whole UI. It's beautiful, bold, and exactly what Android needs.

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Game 147: Embarrassing - Views from 314 Ft.

Yahoo Sports 16 September, 2021 - 08:46pm

By Ana Apostoleris

On September 16, 2021

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With 15 games to play and the scramble for the AL Wild Card spots becoming no less intense, every game is a must-win for the Yankees – especially games like today’s, against a team like the Orioles, with a pitcher like Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Alas, despite an excellent outing from Montgomery and holding a lead with 8 ⅔ innings in the books, the Yankees found a way to blow it in Baltimore and dropped this game 3-2 in 10. To the takeaways –

Montgomery bounces back.  None of this can be blamed on Jordan Montgomery, who has really been one of the most consistent fixtures in the Yankees’ rotation this year.  After a rough start against the Mets last week, he returned to form to throw 5.2 innings and surrendered only one run, striking out 12 and lowering his season ERA to 3.63.  He gave up six hits and walked only one.  

He put two runners on in the third, but beyond that didn’t run into any kind of trouble.  The one run he surrendered was on a leadoff sixth-inning home run to Ryan Mountcastle.  The Orioles were chasing his breaking balls all night, as he garnered 18 whiffs on his curveball and changeup combined.  His didn’t quite have command of his curve in the zone, but his stuff was good enough to rack up a career high in strikeouts. Effectively wild, for sure.

Offensive failures. Unfortunately, as has been the story in Montgomery’s starts all season, the Yankees offense did almost nothing to back him up.  All of the offense came in the second inning, on a solo home run by Joey Gallo and an RBI double by Gio Urshela.  After opening up the 2-0 lead, the Yankees could not tack on, and didn’t really threaten other than a bases-loaded situation in the fifth inning when Gallo sent a would-be grand slam to the wall but not quite far enough.

Orioles starter Chris Ellis, who no-hit the Yankees through five innings in their last meeting, was not quite as good today, giving up the two runs in 4.2, but the Yankees’ inability to consistently hit Orioles pitching has almost single-handedly put them in this tenuous playoff position. 

Bullpen almost gets through it.  Even as the offense floundered, it was almost enough.  The Yankees made it through 8 ⅔ innings looking at a win, but the taxed bullpen once again came back to bite them.  Overuse of Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green’s struggles, and Jonathan Loaisiga’s injury put the team in a position where Clay Holmes was called on to close out a one-run game, and he came so close.  After pitching a strong 8th inning, Holmes allowed a one-out 9th inning single to DJ Stewart; a wild pitch allowed Stewart to reach second, he moved to third on a groundout, and another wild pitch tied the game before Holmes got Austin Wynns to strike out and end the inning on the very next pitch. 

Embarrassing extras. Faced with a tie game in the 10th, the Yankees pretty much rolled over.  They could not move the “ghost runner” over from second base in the top half, going quietly with three unproductive outs.  Wandy Peralta then came on in the bottom of the inning, gave up a bunt single to Richie Martin to put runners on the corners, and intentionally walked Cedric Mullins to load the bases.  He got Mountcastle on a four-pitch strikeout, but Austin Hays poked a single through a drawn-in infield to win the game for Baltimore.  Not much to say about that except … embarrassing.

Even Aaron Boone Gary needed to block that pitch LMAO

The Yankees are a mediocre club and may be for some time, unless radical changes are made top to bottom. An organization in decline.

I thought it was the worst loss of the season, Ana. 3-3 vs the Orioles when the Jays and Sox don’t lose to them. This team is not a playoff club. Gary Sanchez is not a major league catcher, period. Both Gleyber and now Gary need to be lifted for defense late in ballgames. The “wild pitches” woulda been caught by a decent catcher. I just think catching the ball should be a prerequisite for the catcher position. Gary should be traded in the offseason or at least moved to a primary DH. He’s fat, he’s lazy, he can’t run so 1st base could be an option as well.

And Boone just gets out managed every game. This is why you don’t use Chapman in the first game with a 5 run lead. His excuse was Romano got hurt. Great, so bring in someone else with a 5 run lead! That has an effect on later games. And it would help if they scored more than 2 runs but they pulled one of their score a couple runs early and then put up seven zeros the rest of the game. They’re not situational hitters, which you need in October. Look at Judge’s at bat in extras. He pulls the ball for an out and sure enough Rizzo flies out which would have scored a runner from 3rd. Then the Os do what you’re supposed to and bunt the runner over to 3rd. Just bad managing, bad situational hitting, bad baseball by a bad baseball team that is going nowhere.

I know this site is part of the Gary Sanchez fan club… But that last “wild pitch” (of 4 total in the game) absolutely has to be caught and I think nearly every catcher in the game gets to that pitch.

I get the Yankees are heavy into framing, but with a runner on 3rd they need to consider abandoning the knee on the ground approach. Gary already has limited mobility and reaction time, and with a knee on the ground it is just that much worse.

Holmes was all over the place. He was throwing a 97 mph sinker that should be down in the zone, but was going several feet above the catcher.

Regardless, the Yankees lost this game (and others against the lowly Orioles) because they allow the worst pitching staff in MLB to consistently pitch effectively against them and to keep games close. The Yankees are a decent team, but they’re not a very good team.

LMAO at trying to pin any of this loss on Gary

If this team actually makes the playoffs, all they’ll do is embarrass themselves.

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Former Vikings QB leads Washington to their first win of 2021

The Viking Age 16 September, 2021 - 08:06pm

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Taylor Heinicke

Almost four years to the day after he was cut by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, Taylor Heinicke helped the Washington Football Team improve their record to 1-1 this season with a win over the New York Giants on Thursday.

Heinicke finished his night for Washington completing 73.9 percent of his passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Thursday’s win for Washington was also the first victory the former Vikings quarterback has earned in his NFL career as a starter. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion by Minnesota in 2015, few likely envisioned that something like Thursday night would ever happen for Heinicke.

Heinicke went on quite a path before earning his first-career win on Thursday. After the Vikings decided to move on him in 2017, he had stints with the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, and the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks before he wound up in Washington in 2020.

His coming-out party took place last season when he was given the chance to start under center for Washington in a playoff matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heinicke and Washington came up short against the Bucs, but it resulted in the former Minnesota quarterback earning a new two-year contract from Washington earlier this offseason.

Heinicke entered the 2021 season as Washington’s top backup signal-caller. So when Washington’s starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, went down with a significant injury last week, the former Vikings passer became the next man up.

Heinicke had some moments on Thursday night that reminded people of his lack of NFL starting experience. But then he had throws like the touchdown pass he threw in the fourth quarter to Washington tight end Ricky Seals-Jones that can’t be described with any word other than impressive.

For those who like to entertain themselves with what-if scenarios, imagine how things might have turned out differently if Heinicke ended up winning Minnesota’s No. 2 quarterback job in 2017 instead of Case Keenum.

Do the Vikings still win 13 games that season? Do they still make it all the way to the NFC Championship? If Minnesota performs well, do they re-sign Heinicke to be their starter?

It’s something that was certainly possible back in 2017. But now, Heinicke is busy just taking advantage of his opportunities with Washington.

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Former Vikings QB leads Washington to their first win of 2021

The Athletic 16 September, 2021 - 08:06pm

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Taylor Heinicke

Almost four years to the day after he was cut by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, Taylor Heinicke helped the Washington Football Team improve their record to 1-1 this season with a win over the New York Giants on Thursday.

Heinicke finished his night for Washington completing 73.9 percent of his passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Thursday’s win for Washington was also the first victory the former Vikings quarterback has earned in his NFL career as a starter. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion by Minnesota in 2015, few likely envisioned that something like Thursday night would ever happen for Heinicke.

Heinicke went on quite a path before earning his first-career win on Thursday. After the Vikings decided to move on him in 2017, he had stints with the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, and the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks before he wound up in Washington in 2020.

His coming-out party took place last season when he was given the chance to start under center for Washington in a playoff matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heinicke and Washington came up short against the Bucs, but it resulted in the former Minnesota quarterback earning a new two-year contract from Washington earlier this offseason.

Heinicke entered the 2021 season as Washington’s top backup signal-caller. So when Washington’s starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, went down with a significant injury last week, the former Vikings passer became the next man up.

Heinicke had some moments on Thursday night that reminded people of his lack of NFL starting experience. But then he had throws like the touchdown pass he threw in the fourth quarter to Washington tight end Ricky Seals-Jones that can’t be described with any word other than impressive.

What a throw by Taylor Heinicke. #WashingtonFootball

— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2021

For those who like to entertain themselves with what-if scenarios, imagine how things might have turned out differently if Heinicke ended up winning Minnesota’s No. 2 quarterback job in 2017 instead of Case Keenum.

Do the Vikings still win 13 games that season? Do they still make it all the way to the NFC Championship? If Minnesota performs well, do they re-sign Heinicke to be their starter?

It’s something that was certainly possible back in 2017. But now, Heinicke is busy just taking advantage of his opportunities with Washington.

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Report: WFT's Ryan Fitzpatrick Won't Get Hip Injury Surgery; Out About 8 Weeks

Bleacher Report 16 September, 2021 - 12:23pm

From NFL Now: After undergoing a battery of tests and seeking several expert opinions, Washington Football Team QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will attempt to rehab his hip without surgery for now, sources say. He’s expected to miss about 8 weeks. Taylor Heinicke into November, at least. https://t.co/jSxIbu71j6

Before exiting last week's game, Fitzpatrick completed three of his six attempts for 13 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, while also rushing once for two yards.

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