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WFT News: Taylor Heinicke Giving Ryan Fitzpatrick Serious Competition at Starting QB

Larry Rupp
Jun 10, 2021, 3:35 PM EDT
Taylor Heinicke is giving Ryan Fitzpatrick some serious competition at starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team.
Taylor Heinicke is giving Ryan Fitzpatrick some serious competition at starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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The Washington Football Team made a move at quarterback this offseason by signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the team's starter. However, Taylor Heinicke seems to be giving the veteran signal-caller some serious competition and has excelled so far in minicamp.

WFT News

Washington head coach Ron Rivera has also been adamant over the last few weeks that there will be a battle during training camp. He has yet to name a starting QB and looks forward to seeing how each one performs leading up to Week 1.

"They're going to compete. They're going to push each other, and I'm looking forward to it."

Ron Rivera

While this may seem shocking, Heinicke looked solid in his limited playing time with the team last season. His heroic effort in a NFC Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost led the team to an amazing comeback win. Overall, he went 12-for-19 for 137 yards and 1 touchdown and earned himself a new two-year contract worth $4.75 million.

This is Fitzpatrick's role to lose, though. He averages 212.0 passing yards per game in his career and has tossed 33 touchdowns since the beginning of the 2019 season (22 starts). Signing a 2-year deal worth upwards of $11 million with a new team does not exactly scream backup quarterback.

There is no doubt that this will be an intriguing storyline to keep up with throughout the summer. Washington will look to give the team the best chance to win and repeat as NFC East champions. The team currently has odds set at +156 to make the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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