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Taylor Heinicke
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Career information
College: Old Dominion
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2015 2016)
Career highlights and awards
* CAA Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2018
Pass completions     36
Pass attempts     58
Percentage     62.1
Passing yards     330
TDINT     1–3
Passer rating     61.7

Taylor Heinicke (born March 15, 1993) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Old Dominion.

High school career

Heinicke played football under head coach Kevin Reach at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia, where he was an all-state selection as a junior after guiding Collins Hill to a 10–4 record and a trip to the Class AAAAA semifinals.[1] As a senior, Heinicke was named the Old Spice National Player of the Year in the state of Georgia. The award is presented annually to 50 high school varsity football athletes. He was also the Gwinnett Daily Post's Offensive Player of the Year after his record season when he threw for 4,218 yards, the second most in state history, and 44 touchdowns, which is the third-best ever in Georgia, setting Gwinnett County single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns. He threw over 300 yards in nine games and also ran for 354 yards on 77 carries along with a pair of touchdowns. Following his senior season, Heinicke was invited to play at the North/South All-Star Football Classic, where he collected 254 yards and three touchdowns en route to MVP honors after helping the North to a 22–0 victory over the South. He appeared on the reality TV show The Ride featuring high school quarterbacks competing for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[2]

College career

In 2011, Heinicke accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Old Dominion University, where he played for the Old Dominion Monarchs football team from 2011 to 2014.[3]

Heinicke became the starter for Old Dominion in 2011. That year, he led the Monarchs to a 10–3 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, but lost in the second round of FCS playoffs against Georgia Southern.[4] He passed for 2,385 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 1 interception, and he ran for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns.[5] He also punted 4 times for 170 yards.[6] Heinicke was named to the All-CAA 3rd team Offense and was the National Freshman Performer of the Year. Old Dominion finished ranked #10 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

In 2012, Heinicke led the Monarchs to an 11–2 record, losing in the playoffs quarterfinals to Georgia Southern.[7] That year, Heinicke passed for an FCS-record 5,076 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.[8] He ran for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns.[9] He additionally punted 11 times for 475 yards.[10] On September 22, 2012, against New Hampshire, Heinicke passed for a Division I-record 730 yards and threw five touchdowns. In 2012, Heinicke was awarded All-American honors, CAA Offensive Player of the Year, and the Walter Payton Award.[11] Old Dominion finished ranked #6 in the FCS.

For the 2013 season, Old Dominion began a transition to Conference USA, meaning for the 2013 season, ODU was an independent team. Despite this, Heinicke led ODU to an 8–4 record against mostly FCS opponents.[12] During the season, he passed for 4,022 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.[13] He ran for 348 yards and 5 touchdowns.[14] He also punted 13 times for a total of 539 yards, also kicking the longest punt on the team for the season of 61 yards.[15] During 2013, Heinicke became just the 18th quarterback from Division I to pass for 10,000 career yards and rush for 1,000. His 2013 season marks placed him in the top ten among FBS quarterbacks in passing yards, passing yards per game and touchdown passes.

For the 2014 season, Old Dominion played in Conference USA. Heinicke led ODU to a 6–6 record.[16] During the season, he passed for 3,476 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.[17] He ran for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns.[18] He also punted 14 times for a total of 661 yards.[19][20]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2011 Old Dominion 211 307 68.7% 2,385 7.8 25 1 160.2 68 363 5.3 4
2012 Old Dominion 398 579 68.7% 5,076 8.8 44 14 162.6 126 470 3.7 11
2013 Old Dominion 340 486 70.0% 4,022 8.3 33 8 158.6 93 348 3.7 5
2014 Old Dominion 289 457 63.2% 3,476 7.6 30 16 141.8 80 139 1.7 2
Career 1,238 1,829 67.7% 14,959 8.2 132 39 155.9 367 1,320 3.6 22


Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 214 lb 4.62 s 1.59 s 2.55 s 4.21 s 6.96 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in

Minnesota Vikings

Heinicke went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent.[23] He competed against Mike Kafka to back up Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater along with Shaun Hill. Kafka would get injured and was placed on injured reserve, making way for Heinicke to be the third string quarterback.[24]

On September 3, 2016, Heinicke was placed on the reserve/NFI list with an off-the-field injury suffered between minicamp and training camp.[25] He was activated to the active roster on November 8, 2016.[26]

On September 2, 2017, Heinicke was waived/injured by the Vikings and was placed on the injured reserve.[27] He was released with an injury settlement on September 11.[28]

New England Patriots

On September 23, 2017, Heinicke was signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad.[29] He was released on October 9, 2017.[30]

Houston Texans

On November 29, 2017, Heinicke was signed to the Houston Texans' practice squad.[31] He was promoted to the active roster on December 15, 2017, to back up T. J. Yates following an injury to Tom Savage.[32] On December 25, 2017, Heinicke made his NFL debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers after Yates suffered a possible concussion. However, after completing his only pass attempt, Heinicke suffered a concussion and was replaced by Yates, who had just passed the concussion protocol.[33][34] On April 13, 2018, Heinicke was waived by the Texans.[35]

Carolina Panthers

On April 16, 2018, Heinicke was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.[36] He was named starter for Week 16 of the 2018 season after starter Cam Newton was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.[37] In the game against the Atlanta Falcons, Heinicke went 33 for 53 for 274 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions, and also suffered an elbow injury.[38] He was placed on injured reserve on December 26, 2018.[39]

On March 12, 2019, Heinicke re-signed with the Panthers.[40] He was released during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.[41]


  1. Burns, Gabriel. "Former Collins Hill star Taylor Heinicke makes NFL debut" (in English). Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  2. "'The Ride' sets Rice, Old Dominion quarterbacks on collision course in Saturday's matchup" (in en-US). September 19, 2014.
  3. "Taylor Heinicke NCAA FB Stats – Season & Career Statistics" (in en-US).
  4. "2011 Regular Season Old Dominion Monarchs Team Passing Game Log" (in en-US).
  5. "2011 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Passing Stats" (in en-US).
  6. "2011 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Kicking Stats" (in en-US).
  7. "2012 Regular Season Old Dominion Monarchs Team Passing Game Log" (in en-US).
  8. "2012 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Passing Stats" (in en-US).
  9. "2012 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Rushing Stats" (in en-US).
  10. "2012 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Kicking Stats" (in en-US).
  11. Grant, Andy. "Old Dominion's Heinicke captures 2012 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  12. "2013 Regular Season Old Dominion Monarchs Team Passing Game Log" (in en-US).
  13. "2013 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Passing Stats" (in en-US).
  14. "2013 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Rushing Stats" (in en-US).
  15. "2013 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Kicking Stats" (in en-US).
  16. "2014 Regular Season Old Dominion Monarchs Team Passing Game Log" (in en-US).
  17. "2014 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Passing Stats" (in en-US).
  18. "2014 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Rushing Stats" (in en-US).
  19. "2014 Old Dominion Monarchs Player Kicking Stats" (in en-US).
  20. "Taylor Heinicke – Old Dominion Monarchs".
  21. "Taylor Heinicke". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  23. Tomasson, Chris (May 5, 2015). "Vikings: Long story short, Taylor Heinicke sure he can be NFL QB" (in en-US).
  24. Burns, Gabriel. "Former Collins Hill star Taylor Heinicke makes NFL debut" (in English).
  25. "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set 53-Man Roster". September 3, 2016.
  26. Peters, Craig (November 8, 2016). "Vikings Activate Taylor Heinicke, Waive MyCole Pruitt".
  27. "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Roster". September 2, 2017.
  28. Broome, Anthony (September 11, 2017). "Taylor Heinicke officially released prior to game vs. Saints".
  29. "Patriots sign QB Taylor Heinicke to the Practice Squad; Release WR DeMarcus Ayer from the Practice Squad". September 23, 2017.
  30. "Patriots make changes to the practice squad". October 9, 2017. Archived from the original on January 13, 2018.
  31. "Texans add to the practice squad; waive Houston". November 29, 2017.
  32. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans sign QB Taylor Heinicke". December 16, 2017.
  33. Barshop, Sarah (December 25, 2017). "Texans QBs T.J. Yates, Taylor Heinicke both checked for concussions".
  34. "Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans – December 25th, 2017" (in en).
  35. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans claim Matt Lengel". April 13, 2018.
  36. Voth, Bill (April 16, 2018). "QB Taylor Heinicke claimed off waivers".
  37. Strickland, Bryan (December 19, 2018). "Taylor Heinicke to start in place of Cam Newton versus Falcons".
  38. Rodrigue, Jourdan (December 24, 2018). "It was Taylor Heinicke’s turn to take a beating for Panthers. But that has to stop.".
  39. Henson, Max (December 26, 2018). "Panthers place Taylor Heinicke on IR, sign Garrett Gilbert".
  40. Strickland, Bryan (March 12, 2019). "Taylor Heinicke signs one-year contract".
  41. Henson, Max (August 30, 2019). "Panthers announce first wave of 2019 roster cuts". Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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