Who are WFT's QB options following COVID-19 outbreak?

Garrett Gilbert

The Washington Football Team has seen 25 players go on the NFL's COVID/reserve list the week leading up to a crucial NFC East matchup with the Eagles. That group of players includes Washington's top two quarterbacks. 

Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 within three days of each other and both of their playing statuses are in doubt against Philadelphia. In response, Washington signed Jordan Ta'amu and Garrett Gilbert to join Kyle Shurmur as the only quarterback options on the roster. 

It's been a hectic week for Washington and there's still a game to be played on Sunday. So far only two of the 25 players have been removed from the COVID list, which now stands at 23. Here's what to know about each quarterback before fans likely see at least one of them on the field against the Eagles. 

Garrett Gilbert

Washington signed Gilbert right after Heinicke reportedly tested positive and went onto the COVID list. After making one start for the Cowboys last season where he threw for 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a losing effort, Gilbert joins Washington as a likely candidate to start two days after initially signing. 

Gilbert was on the Patriots' practice squad before he signed with Washington on Friday. The 30-year-old has spent time on the Browns' (2019-20) and Panthers' (2017-18) active rosters, though his lone start in Dallas is the only real game action he's seen since entering the league in 2014 as a sixth-round pick. 


Jordan Ta'amu

Ta'amu was signed to Washington's practice squad after Allen tested positive, though he has yet to play a snap in an NFL game. Ta'amu played his college ball at Ole Miss from 2017-18 and went undrafted in 2019. Since then he's spent time on five different teams' practice squads before arriving in Washington. 

Ta'amu has a bit of familiarity with Ron Rivera's group since the team brought him in during rookie minicamp before the 2021 season. He also was Heinicke's backup in the XFL when both played for the St. Louis Battlehawks.

Kyle Shurmur

Following Ryan Fitzpatrick's season-ending hip injury in Week 1, Washington signed Shurmur to the practice squad. Shurmur played for Vanderbilt in college and had been on the Bengals' practice squad before landing in Washington. 

The 25-year-old quarterback is the son of Broncos offensive coordinator and long-time NFL coach Pat Shurmur. He has yet to appear in an NFL game since he went undrafted in 2019. However, he has the most experience in Washington's system out of the three remaining quarterback options having been on the practice squad all season long.