Washington Quarterback Taylor Heinicke Wants Alex Smith to Return in 2021

Published 02/26/2021, 8:19 AM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


The 36-year-old quarterback Alex Smith proved his naysayers wrong when he made a remarkable return to the football field last year. After spending almost 2 years on the sidelines, Smith replaced injured Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen in their Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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He was later started in Week 10 and finished the 2020 NFL season with a 5-1 record. Smith threw for 1,582 yards with 6 passing touchdowns as Washington were knocked out in the Wild Card Round by eventual Super Bowl LV winners, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith will turn 37 in May and is out of contract this summer. There are some rumors linking him with a potential reunion under former college coach Urban Meyer in Jacksonville. But what lies next for the former #1 draft pick?

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Despite doubts surrounding his athletic prowess, Washington’s Kyle Allen wants Alex Smith to return to the national capital in 2021. He said, “He means a lot to the team. He brings a lot to the table. Hopefully, we can bring him back.

“I know a lot of the guys love him and he’s good for the locker room and he can still play. But football’s a crazy business. So who knows what’s going to happen.

Nov 8, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) attempts a pass against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

“It wasn’t awkward at all. Alex is a great dude. He knows it was his team. If he was ready to go, he would’ve gone. It just felt like he wasn’t ready to go during that week.

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“He wasn’t getting a lot of practice reps. I was getting the majority of them,” Heinicke said via the official NFL website.

Urban Meyer and Smith spent 3 years together at Utah State. The Jacksonville Jaguars own the first overall pick in this year’s draft. With Trevor Lawrence their rumored first-choice pick, can Smith take on the role of ‘mentor’ this year?

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