1. Taylor Heinicke, QB
You don’t have to think that Taylor Heinicke is an elite quarterback to be in awe of what he has been able to do the past four games. Is he reckless with the ball at times? Yes. Is he inexperienced? Yes. Is he somehow finding ways to win games he shouldn’t? Also, yes.
This scrappy quarterback has earned praise from greats like Brett Favre and Troy Aikman for his grit and competitiveness. Heinicke has pulled off three game-winning drives late in the fourth quarter. He is elusive and continually finds ways to use his legs to help him avoid danger.
He has an attitude and drive that is inspiring to everyone on the squad, including receiver Adam Humphries.
"“[Heinicke’s] just competitive to his core and you see it in the way he stands in the pocket and somehow gets out of the tough situations with the defensive linemen surrounding him. We see that. We see that he’s not giving up on us. He’s fighting for every yard. We rally behind that.”"
During WFT’s miraculous win streak, Heinicke has managed to complete more than 70% of his passes and has seven passing touchdowns. Whether you think this kid will last in the NFL is beside the point. Right now, he has a ton of momentum and wants to continue to prove himself as an undrafted quarterback. There’s nothing more an underdog loves to do than prove doubters wrong. And, he plans to do that at home against a division rival.