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Washington confirms Taylor Heinicke as Thursday starter

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke will start Week 2 against the New York Giants on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Heinicke replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) in the second quarter on Sunday and went on to complete 11-of-15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, and he added 17 rushing yards. The Football Team placed Fitzpatrick on injured reserve Monday, so Heinicke is in line to start at least the next three games. Brandon Allen is the backup and Washington head coach Ron Rivera said the team isn't looking to add another quarterback. Thursday will be only the third start of Heinicke's career, including the playoffs, but the switch can be seen as an upgrade for Washington's offense.

Heinicke averaged -0.01 Passing Net Expected Points per drop back in relief on Sunday, compared to Fitzpatrick's average of -0.71, which was lowest among all quarterbacks. Terry McLaurin was targeted on 26.7 percent of Heinicke's attempts. The Giants gave up the eighth-most Passing NEP per drop back among all defenses Sunday.