Washington Football Team quarterbacks
Ryan Fitzpatrick came in to be Washington’s starting quarterback in 2021. He made six pass attempts before an injury ended his season. Would’ve been interesting to see what he could’ve done. But either way, Washington would’ve needed to make upgrades to the position this offseason.
The main starter this season was Taylor Heinicke. This is a really really tough one to grade. Let’s be honest, his overall season wasn’t great. Heinicke has a very weak arm and a little too much confidence in it. I’ve talked about it before but that play where McLaurin got hurt was comical. Heinicke waved him to go deep then promptly underthrew him which led to McLaurin having to go back and get into a jump ball situation. It wasn’t pretty.
Heinicke’s overall numbers were decent. He went 321-for-494 (65%) for 3,419 yards and 20 touchdowns. That’s pretty solid for anyone, let alone someone with Heinicke’s path to the NFL.
However, he also had 15 interceptions and a number of really bad games.
He added 313 yards and a touchdown on 60 carries (5.2 yards per carry). That was a nice addition to the offense. Having a mobile quarterback always adds a little excitement. But he fumbled seven times, which again isn’t great.
Overall it wasn’t a very good season for a starting quarterback. But for someone in Heinicke’s situation, it was great. He wasn’t in the NFL for a while before his 2020 return. Then he wasn’t supposed to start this year before being thrust into the role midway through the first game. So for that, you have to boost the grade a little bit.
Final grade: B-
Overall, the quarterbacking wasn’t good. We’re not taking out the whole “personal accomplishments” stuff. It doesn’t matter what challenges they faced, now we’re just looking at the position as a whole. And that lowers the grade pretty drastically. Especially because we’re now adding in that Gilbert game. 202.4 passing yards per game is really bad, the 12th worst in the league.
Final grade: D+ get Terry McLaurin a real quarterback, please