ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Commanders did not should make a quarterback choice in any case. With Carson Wentz nonetheless not training, Taylor Heinicke will stay the starter.
Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned whereas Wentz was cleared to start out throwing, he has not but been designated to return to observe. Due to that, Rivera mentioned Heinicke will proceed to start out. Rivera hasn’t mentioned who will begin when Wentz is able to observe and play.
Washington (5-5) has gone 3-1 with Heinicke beginning at quarterback getting into Sunday’s recreation on the Houston Texans.
“We’ve time,” Rivera mentioned. “[Heinicke] has finished some good issues and we’ll see what occurs this week. It isn’t simply in regards to the particular person as a lot as [how] it impacts the workforce. Having this example is a reasonably good one; it is a good drawback to have.”
Wentz broke his proper finger in a 12-7 victory over the Chicago Bears on Oct. 13 and was positioned on injured reserve. There’s nonetheless an opportunity Wentz may very well be activated earlier than Sunday and due to this fact function a backup to Heinicke. Nevertheless, Rivera mentioned even in that situation he’d doubtless need Wentz to have observe time earlier than making him lively for a recreation.
Heinicke has posted a 47.2 quarterback score in his 4 begins in comparison with Wentz’s 32.4 in six begins. Wentz additionally needed to be taught a brand new offense, having performed in a special system his earlier six seasons. It led to him holding the ball longer than normal at instances behind shaky move safety. He was sacked 23 instances.
Washington’s offense is healthier partly as a result of the run recreation has been a better point of interest and its tight finish group has gotten more healthy. Heinicke has thrown 5 landing passes to 4 interceptions, however he additionally has captured the locker room’s respect due to his fashion of play and underdog story — the previous undrafted quarterback was out of soccer two years in the past. Receiver Terry McLaurin mentioned Heinicke performs with no worry.
For Heinicke, he mentioned he isn’t frightened about having yet another recreation to show that he ought to proceed because the starter.
“I do not take a look at it that approach,” Heinicke mentioned. “Coach instructed me I used to be up this week, so I am doing all the things I can to organize for Houston and attempt to get a win. The workforce is taking part in very well proper now … I hope to maintain this factor rolling and let’s examine what occurs.”
Additionally Wednesday, Rivera mentioned he nonetheless wasn’t certain if defensive finish Chase Younger would play Sunday. Younger, coming off a torn proper ACL, may very well be activated to the 53-man roster relying how he appears to be like in observe the subsequent two days. However even when he is activated and performs, Rivera mentioned Younger can be restricted to a snap rely in the course of the recreation.