Taylor Heinicke
Taylor Heinicke
26-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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
$Released by the Panthers in August of 2019.
Let go by Carolina
QBFree Agent
August 30, 2019
Heinicke was cut by the Panthers on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Heinicke backed up Cam Newton (foot) for most of the 2018 season. He made one start in Week 16 versus the Falcons before suffering a season-ending hyper-extended elbow, completing 33 of 55 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown (the first of his career) and three interceptions. He wasn't able to beat out Kyle Allen and rookie third-round pick Will Grier this offseason and will now look for a gig elsewhere in the league.
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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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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.
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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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