Former Washington Football Team quarterback and NFL Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith thinks that Taylor Heinicke is the true deal, telling Fox News in an interview this week that Heinicke has the conceitedness and coolness to take Washington to the very best of the NFC East, a division he says will “shock” a lot all through the league this season. 

Smith, who retired final season after making an unbelievable comeback following a devastating leg damage in 2018, spoke to Fox News about Washington’s season after its Week 2 victory over the New York Giants the place Taylor Heinicke made his third profession begin over veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who was dominated out for a minimal of eight weeks with a hip damage. 

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“I get it that he hasn’t had a ton of experience,” Smith acknowledged of the newest hype surrounding Heinicke. “I think Thursday was his third career start, which is crazy, but he’s been in the league a while. I remember hearing about Taylor when he was an undrafted player in Minnesota and that he was a really good player and had a bright future.”

“He’s been with (Washington offensive coordinator) Scott Turner a long time, most of his career, and I think everything that he’s been through has really led up to this opportunity. I think he’s ready for it. I think he’s ready to seize it, make the most of it. Talent has never been an issue.” 

Smith acknowledged Thursday’s 30-29 win over the Giants was a good showcase for Heinicke’s talents. 

“Confident guy going out there. He knows what he’s doing, he knows the offense. He played decisively, he played fast and he played within himself. He wasn’t trying to do too much. Running the offense, executing the offense, and let the big plays come to him. There’s no doubt in my mind that he can’t play like that week in and week out.”

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Terry McLaurin against the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws a landing switch to very large receiver Terry McLaurin in opposition to the New York Giants inside the course of the first half of an NFL soccer recreation, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Smith, who joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in August after 17 seasons, says the dialog about what occurs when Fitzpatrick returns is an “irrelevant” one. 

“You know, it’s so far away. Ryan is gonna miss a chunk of time here, getting back and getting healthy so it doesn’t really matter.” 

“I certainly think he’s capable of that but he’s gotta go do it,” he acknowledged of Heinicke remaining on as Washington’s starter. “And who knows, I think having a deep quarterback room and having guys that can play at a high level is only a benefit. You never know what could happen and when you need to be ready and I think Washington fans realize that and appreciate that more than most. It’s only an added benefit … that’s a good problem to have.” 

after Smith was dominated out with an damage. 

Smith says the equal assured participant he noticed final season, is who Washington has as their starter now. 

“Having been in that system all last year, I think I just saw a guy go out there play confident, play fast. He was decisive, he wasn’t doing anything crazy. The moment wasn’t too big for him, the spotlight wasn’t too big for him and I think we saw that last season with the playoff [game]. On a huge stage, it was the same thing. Taylor didn’t blink, he was ready for it.”

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) dives to score a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers Kevin Minter (51) and Lavonte David (54) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) dives to understand a landing in opposition to Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers Kevin Minter (51) and Lavonte David (54) inside the course of the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff soccer recreation, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

For now, Washington’s largest hurdle will be the defensive place. Head coach Ron Rivera instructed reporters after Thursday’s win that he seen a “lack of discipline” from his defensive place however Smith says that’s merely “a growing pain” when you will have such a youthful unit.

“I think the defense would be the first to tell you that they haven’t played up to certainly their standard these first two weeks, to their expectation. I think the biggest telling is just whether or not they get better.”

He continued: “A wins a win, ugly or pretty. No one remembers come playoff time. I think the most telling thing is going to be whether or not this unit on the defensive side of the ball continues to improve and gets to where they want to go and where I think we all know they can play at, from a talent perspective, which I think is really, really high.”

Smith’s expectations for Washington are excessive this season after incomes the NFC East division title final 12 months – a division that he believes will “shock” a ton of individuals after final 12 months’s debacle. 

“I think the NFC East is going to surprise a lot of people. I think it’s incredibly underrated across the league and I understand why and a lot of it’s based off of last year but I think all these games are going to shock a lot of people. I think they’re much better than people think. I do think Washington … has the deepest roster. I think the division is there for them to take but I do think this is going to be a really competitive division, not just amongst each other but the rest of the divisions out there as well. I think they are going to shock a lot of people.” 

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is hit by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons as he throws during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is hit by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons as he throws inside the course of the second half of an NFL soccer recreation Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Smith spoke to Fox News on behalf of Gatorade who launched its newest expertise in instructing, the Gx Sweat Patch and App, on Monday.  

The first-to-market wearable unlocks athletes’ distinctive sweat profile to tell their custom-made hydration methods that will assist drive effectivity – expertise that was beforehand solely obtainable to elite athletes. 

“It’d probably be hard to overstate how important hydration is, just from a living perspective, let alone go playing in sports at a high level and exercising,” Smith acknowledged. “I think the hard part of it is knowing that there are a lot of these subtleties and differences to it. Obviously, water is a key component but there are [other] things – salt, carbs and a big part of it is dependent on your body type and the environment that you’re in that all go into that and so it’s different for everybody.”

“Now to have that at your fingertips instantaneously, I think it’s so cool.”