Heinicke's run as starting QB will continue vs. Houston originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Taylor Heinicke's entertaining run as starting quarterback of the Commanders will continue for at least a little longer.
As Ron Rivera explained in a press conference on Wednesday, Heinicke will get the nod in Houston versus the Texans. Carson Wentz, meanwhile, has been cleared by doctors to begin throwing but hasn't yet been designated to return from injured reserve.
"It's a good problem to have," Rivera said of having Heinicke available to play and Wentz trying to get back to that stage as well.
Wentz wasn't at the team's walkthrough inside their practice bubble on Wednesday. Instead, he was working out on his own on a separate field outside.
In four games this season, Heinicke has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions while posting a completion rate of 62%. The squad is 3-1 since he's stepped into the huddle, which is an oversimplification of his individual impact but also something that has to be noted.
Now, Heinicke's certainly had moments dating back to his Week 7 debut — his second-half effort in a victory over the Packers was solid, as was the majority of his night in the recent upset over the Eagles — and, as expected, he's committed a few costly turnovers, too.
In all, the 29-year-old has been, at best, a slight upgrade over Wentz — though there are metrics that would even argue against that.
With Heinicke, however, solely accounting for the successes and failures that are measurable just isn't enough. He's not as talented as many at his position across the league (or as talented as Wentz, for that matter), but he boasts a personality that is infectious and his unique aura only seems to be growing the more he wins.
"The guys have rallied around him," Rivera said.
While Rivera wouldn't commit to Heinicke beyond this Sunday's road affair or rule out Wentz being cleared later in the week, it feels like Heinicke can firmly claim the job should he walk off the field at NRG Stadium a winner once more.