Taylor Heinicke thinks he’s proven he belongs in the NFL

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Taylor Heinicke didn’t lead the Washington football team to a win in last night’s playoff game, but he played much better than most people expected.

Heinicke has only been in Washington for a month and had been out of the league for over a year previously, yet he completed 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards. Afterwards, Heinicke said he thought he showed he had what it takes.

“I deserve to be in this league a little longer,” Heinicke said, via ESPN. “I was on the other side without playing and it’s not fun, not that much fun.”

Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin shares that assessment.

“I’m going to take fourth place on my team any day of the week, twice on Sunday,” McLaurin said. “I hope we will be teammates in the future. This guy plays without fear. He’s going to give his players a chance to play. He prolongs the games, he runs, he takes hits. He does everything you ask a quarterback to do in this league. He gave us a chance.

Heinicke becomes an unrestricted free agent in March, and he will have offers. He had a chance on a big stage and showed what he can do.

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