The Washington Football Team elevated quarterback Taylor Heinicke from the practice squad to the active roster. Heinicke will serve as the backup to starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Heinicke signed with Washington earlier this month and there was some speculation he could serve as a "quarantine QB." That notion was quickly dispelled as Heinicke practiced with the team after clearing Covid protocols.
Ron Rivera has history with Heinicke, as does Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner. The record-setting former Old Dominion quarterback played six games with the Panthers in 2018, including one start.
"Taylor’s a sharp dude," Rivera said of Heinicke this week.
After the injury to Alex Smith, there was some question if Washington would bring up practice squader Steven Montez or Heinicke to back up Haskins on Sunday, especially considering Montez has been with the team since April.
For Rivera, Heinicke's significantly shorter time with Washington isn't a concern.
"He picked it up right away. I have no issues with having to play him come Sunday if there was an emergency situation that we had to put him in,” the coach said.
In seven career NFL games, Heinicke has completed 61 percent of his passes with one touchdown and three interceptions. He was originally signed by the Texans in 2017 as an undrafted free agent.