Taylor Heinicke
Taylor Heinicke
26-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Carolina Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After playing in just one game through his first three seasons, Heinicke made five abbreviated appearances last year prior to Cam Newton being shut down for the final two games. That opened the door for Heinicke to make his first career start Week 16, when he completed 33 of 53 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He suffered an elbow injury in that contest, however, and was placed on IR shortly thereafter, truncating his opportunity. The 26-year-old subsequently underwent surgery but returned to the Panthers this offseason in hopes of earning a roster spot again. That being said, following the selection of third-round pick Will Grier, the odds don't seem to favor Heinicke. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Panthers in March of 2019.
Taking first-team reps in OTAs
QBCarolina Panthers
May 22, 2019
Heinicke was the first quarterback to take reps in team drills Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Heinicke served as Cam Newton's (shoulder) backup most of last season, but it was actually Kyle Allen -- who started Week 17 when both Heinicke and Newton were out with injuries -- who received the first reps Tuesday during the opening day of OTAs. With third-round rookie Will Grier also in the mix, the competition for the No. 2 job in Carolina could be a fluid situation all offseason.
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How do Taylor Heinicke's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
Avg Target Depth
8.5 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
4.7 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Taylor Heinicke
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Heinicke is in a tight battle for the Panthers' No. 2 quarterback job with Garrett Gilbert after playing one game with the Texans in 2017.
Heinicke will try to win a spot as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Sam Bradford and backup Case Keenum. His status on the active roster may depend on whether Teddy Bridgewater can return at some point from a serious knee injury.
Heinicke enters the 2016 season on the Active/Non-Football Injury list after severely injuring his lower-left leg in a freak accident while trying to break into his own home. He's projected to be back a couple months into the regular season, but he'll be unable to back-up starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for at least the first few weeks. Veteran Shaun Hill figures to secure the No. 2 spot on the quarterback depth chart, but Heinicke has the talent to someday take over the offense if Bridgewater gets hurt. The Vikings also have rookie Joel Stave out of Wisconsin, who'll likely make the roster initially due to Heinicke's injury. Heinicke shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar at this point, but he could be a serviceable backup option for the Vikings upon his return.
The undrafted free agent is a long shot to win the third quarterback job.
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Re-signs with Panthers
QBCarolina Panthers
March 12, 2019
Heinicke (elbow) signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Upcoming restricted free agent
QBCarolina Panthers
March 7, 2019
Heinicke is a restricted free agent this offseason, which gives the Panthers the right of first refusal.
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Undergoes surgery Thursday
QBCarolina Panthers
January 3, 2019
Heinicke (elbow) posted on his Twitter account Thursday that he's undergone successful surgery.
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Surgery not on tap
QBCarolina Panthers
December 27, 2018
Heinicke was diagnosed Thursday with a hyperextended left elbow and won't require surgery to address the matter, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Sent to injured reserve
QBCarolina Panthers
December 26, 2018
The Panthers placed Heinicke on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
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