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Washington signs former Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke to practice squad

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 16:30:32-05

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - Taylor's tests were passed, and he's back in the NFL.

After undergoing COVID-19 protocols to be eligible to sign with an NFL team, record-setting Old Dominion University quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been signed to the Washington Football Team's practice squad. News 3 spoke to Heinicke's agent last week.

The Washington Post reported Heinicke will serve as Washington's "quarantine quarterback", and be involved in offensive game-planning but remain distanced from the other QBs on the roster to ensure there's at least one signal-caller eligible on game day.

Heinicke finished his ODU career in 2014 ranking third in FBS history in total offense; fourth in FBS with 132 touchdown passes; and sixth in passing yards. He's spent time with the Minnesota Vikings (2015-2017), New England Patriots (2017), Houston Texans (2017) and Carolina Panthers (2018-2019) in the NFL.

In 2018, under then-head coach Ron Rivera, he appeared in six games for the Panthers – completing 35 of 57 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner coached Heinicke in Carolina and Minnesota. He's appeared in seven career NFL games.