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Draft Scout Ryan Fitzpatrick News
10/16/17 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced injured QB Jameis Winston and completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Fitzpatrick threw touchdowns to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Cameron Brate on consecutive possessions.
09/01/17 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went 1-for-7 passing for six yards and ran for three more yards in the Bucs 13-10 loss to the Browns in the preseason finale.
It was a bad appearance, but coach Dirk Koetter is confident in Fitzpatrick because, "He's calm under pressure."
05/22/17 - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick officially was signed by Tampa Bay. He is expected to serve as the backup to Jameis Winston. The 6-2, 223-pound Fitzpatrick joins the Buccaneers after spending the past two seasons with the New York Jets. In his 12-year career, the 34-year old has started 116 of 127 games played, throwing for 25,888 yards and 166 touchdowns.
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.