The Washington Football Team entered their Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as massive underdogs, but they put up a worthwhile fight, losing 31-23 and ending the season with their heads held high. Washington's play might not have been pretty all year, but they found ways to win and capture the NFC East.
The Football Team has positive momentum heading into the offseason and is loaded with the fifth-most projected cap space in the league. If Washington can solve their QB question, it'll help unlock the team's true potential with an already great defense.
With that in mind, here are the three likely starting QBs for Washington in 2021.
3. Taylor Heinicke
Life moves fast. One day Taylor Heinicke was a practice squad call up, and not soon after he was starting for Washington in the playoffs. Heinicke played admirably and kept the Football Team in the game, registering 346 yards from scrimmage and 2 total TDs, which gained him some serious respect around the league. As an upcoming free agent and intriguing dual-threat QB, Washington would be smart to bring the 27-year-old back and see if he's worth starting long-term.
2. Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston is clearly talented, but he's been unable to carve out a consistent role with the New Orleans Saints. Winston looked poised to start when Drew Brees got injured, but Sean Payton instead turned to Taysom Hill, and now Winston will have to look elsewhere for a starting gig. Winston is just a season removed from throwing for a league-leading 5,109 yards and 33 TDs, so it's not like he's an unproven QB. It's a risk to trust Winston as a starter given his turnover troubles, but the reward is there too, as Winston could help elevate Washington's offense if everything clicks for him.
1. Cam Newton
There's already rumblings about Cam Newton joining Washington that seem to indicate this pairing is trending towards likely. Newton is set to move on from the New England Patriots after a less-than-stellar season, putting his stock fairly low heading into free agency. Still, Newton's dual-threat abilities are undeniable, as evidenced by his rushing TDs (12) this season (which actually outpaced his 8 passing scores). Newton provides a more sure presence than banking on a relative unknown in Heinicke or a volatile option like Winston, but he's not without his faults. If he can bounce back to solid numbers, it'd make Washington a possible contender next season.
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