Remember Taylor Heinicke’s time with the Houston Texans?
Late in the 2017 season, Heinicke was signed to the Texans practice squad to back up T.J. Yates who was the current starter at that time. Heinicke later started against the Pittsburgh Steelers that year, serving as his NFL debut.
Heinicke only had one pass completion before being knocked out of the game with a concussion. The irony is that Yates had just cleared that protocol, so it was a vicious cycle for these two QB’s during that time.
Heinicke then withstood a cut/sign/cut from the team before making his way to Carolina and did a decent job keeping the team close in games (minus a 52-21 loss to the Steelers) despite posting a 1-5 record as a starter.
Of course, NFL fans know that Heinicke stepped in for the injured Alex Smith this past season in Washington and had the game of his life, taking the eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the limit in the wild card round, arguably the best anyone played the Buccaneers the entire postseason.
It would be interesting to see if he developed the way he did and actually stay in Houston. The team could sure use him right now.