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Draft Scout Ryan Fitzpatrick News
05/19/17 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick reached an agreement with the Buccaneers to serve as the backup to Jameis Winston.
The deal is for one year and worth a reported $3 million that includes incentives to take the base salary higher. The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick has started 116 games over his 12 seasons in the NFL, including 27 the past two years with the New York Jets. He entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Rams in 2005 out of Harvard. He is 46-69-1 as a starter and for his carrer has thrown for 25,888 yards with 166 touchdown passes and 133 interceptions.
01/02/17 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, likely making his final appearance with the Jets, threw for 210 yards and a pair of short touchdowns in a 30-10 rout of the Bills in the season finale at MetLife Stadium.
"I don't think anybody expected to be sitting here, celebrating a win over the Bills the last game of the year and having it not be for the playoffs," Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick, who held out the entire offseason before signing a one-year deal worth $12 million on the eve of training camp, could not replicate the magic he enjoyed in 2015, when he threw a franchise-record 31 touchdowns. Fitzpatrick threw 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and was benched twice, though he regained his starting job both times due to season-ending injuries suffered by Geno Smith and Bryce Petty.
"Didn't meet my own expectations or anybody else's, probably, but mine are probably higher than everybody else's," Fitzpatrick said. "So there's disappointment there, but that's just the way that it went."
Fitzpatrick at least ended on a high note Sunday, when he connected for scores with Powell (two yards) and Jalin Marshall (six yards). Kicker Nick Folk booted three field goals and Doug Middleton recovered a muffed kickoff by the Bills in the end zone for the Jets' final score.
12/27/16 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will end the season as he began it -- as the New York Jets' starting quarterback. Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that Fitzpatrick will start the final game of the regular season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Bryce Petty, who was scheduled to start the final four games, suffered a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Saturday and is unavailable. It left Fitzpatrick and rookie Christian Hackenberg as Bowles' only options to start the finale.
12/06/16 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 5 of 12 passes for 81 yards -- 64 of on the Jets' lone scoring drive of the half -- and an interception on his final pass of the half.
11/28/16 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets' starter for next Monday's game against the Colts. Jetes coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on his starting quarterback after Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Patriots dropped the Jets to 3-8. Bowles said there was never a doubt. "There was no decision. I knew all along," Bowles told reporters Monday. "There was no debate." Fitzpatrick, back as the starter after missing New York's previous game with a sprained knee, was 22 of 32 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Patriots.