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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - New York Jets

6-2, 221Born: 11-24-1982College: HarvardDrafted: Round 7

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General News (Wed Oct 19): has lost the starting quarterback job Wednesday, Oct. 19. Fitzpatrick could regain the starting quarterback job at some point this season, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

General News (Tue Oct 18): was benched early in the fourth quarter of the Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 17. Fitzpatrick is expected to start in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. "Fitz will be back next week," head coach Todd Bowles said after the game. "The game was 28-3. There was eight minutes left in the game. We weren't doing anything else. I just wanted to get (QB Geno Smith) some reps."

Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens

All QB vs BAL

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Well, let's put it this way - Ryan Fitzpatrick got nothing going for the first 52 minutes of the game at Arizona (16/31 for 174 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception), so the Jets gave Geno Smith a shot for the final eight minutes of the 3-28 loss, and got a fumble that cost them a down and eight yards, an interception thrown, and 4/6 for 31 yards passing. After the game, head coach Todd Bowles said 'Fitz will be back next week. The game was 28-3. There was eight minutes left in the game. We weren't doing anything else. I just wanted to get (QB Geno Smith) some reps.' Brandon Marshall (six targets for 3/70/0) and Charone Peake (10 for 5/43/0) wre the most targeted Jets last week, while Quincy Enunwa (five for 3/42/0) and Robby Anderson (six for 4/24/0) all helped out in Eric Deckers' continuing absence (IR, hip surgery completed, shoulder surgery scheduled). Later in the week, coach Bowles started walking back the strong statement that Fitzgerald would be back as the starter. On Wednesday, news came down that Geno Smith would be the starter this week. The Ravens' pass defense got shredded by a resurgent Odell Beckham Jr. (10 targets for 8/222/2) and Eli Manning (32/46 for 397 net yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -6 yards) last weekend, after Kirk Cousins managed 29/41 for 250 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -10 yards two weeks ago. Baltimore is now ranked ninth in the league averaging 225.2 net yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores allowed, vs. eight interceptions (third in the NFL) and 11 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Baltimore has averaged 23.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-most in the NFL); and 35.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most); with 4.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-least). The Jets need a spark in this phase of the game, while the Ravens are reeling from a spanking from the Giants - this looks like a neutral matchup to us. Also note, Terrell Suggs tore a biceps last week and may not play in this game, degrading the Ravens' pass rush/linebacking corps.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at KC 68 20 44 188 0 6 3 22 0 0 4.6
4 vs SEA 71 23 41 261 1 3 2 5 0 0 13.55
5 at PIT 58 25 38 255 1 0 1 9 0 0 16.65
6 at ARI 0 16 31 174 0 1 1 2 0 0 7.9
7 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs ARI (16 / 31 / 174 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Another week, another terrible performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Arizona followed the same blue print that Kansas City, Seattle, and Pittsburgh's defenses deployed by rolling double coverage to Brandon Marshall and playing man-to-man on the secondary options. The secondary options proved, once again, that they couldn't get open with regularity. The game plan and Fitzpatrick's decision making didn't help, either. This led to Fitzpatrick holding onto the ball and taking unnecessary hits. Arizona's defense deployed pressure throughout the game, but Fitzpatrick and his receivers were unable to win one-on-one match-ups. Of note, Chandler Jones lived in New York's backfield and put pressure on Fitzpatrick throughout the game. Facing a 28-3 deficit in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of Geno Smith. Smith gave the offense a brief spark, but was intercepted on fourth down. After the game, Bowles stated that Fitzpatrick will start next weekend against Baltimore, but may be on a short leash.

2016 Week 5 vs PIT (25 / 38 / 255 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

After two weeks of bad showings against tough defenses, Ryan Fitzpatrick played a clean game, but failed to generate any big plays. In the first half, Fitzpatrick locked onto Brandon Marshall in one-on-one situations and let him beat Pittsburgh's smaller corners. Right before halftime, Fitzpatrick hooked up with Marshall for a 15-yard touchdown on a corner route. Marshall made an impressive leaping catch over a smaller corner to complete the scoring play. Outside of this scoring play, Fitzpatrick failed to generate any big plays. His longest completion was a 19-yard pass to Marshall, who was a non-factor after halftime. With Marshall facing double coverage, Fitzpatrick took short and underneath completions to secondary options. New York's secondary options were able to generate some yardage after the catch, but Pittsburgh sat in zone coverage and let them take short gains. Fitzpatrick played well enough to keep the starting spot, but his team, namely his defense, has to create more stops to put the offense in better situations.

2016 Week 4 vs SEA (23 / 41 / 261 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Another week, another dreadful second half performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Playing without Eric Decker, Fitzpatrick opted to force-feed Brandon Marshall. Given New York's lack of depth at wide receiver, Seattle chose to shadow Marshall with Richard Sherman. The Fitzpatrick-Marshall connection was strong in the first half, frustrating Sherman with precisely timed back shoulder throws. Of note, Fitzpatrick and Marshall hooked up for a 17-yard touchdown on a back shoulder throw right before halftime. Credit Marshall for creation separation against Sherman and credit Fitzpatrick for fitting the ball into a tight window. Sherman was defenseless on the play. Sherman would get the last laugh, though, as Fitzpatrick continued to throw his way. In the second half, Sherman intercepted Fitzpatrick twice as communication between Marshall and Fitzpatrick broke down. Earl Thomas also intercepted a pass on a poorly thrown post route. Three second half interceptions spelled doom for New York's offense. Outside of Marshall, New York's secondary options made a few plays, but were largely contained. Quincy Enunwa stepped up and made plays over the middle of the field, but not having Decker on the field drew extra attention his way. When Marshall and Enunwa weren't open, Fitzpatrick would check down to Bilal Powell. Powell found success catching short dump off passes against Seattle's zone coverage to move the chains. Given the lack of options, Fitzpatrick hung onto the ball for too long and took too many sacks. Fitzpatrick was sacked four times and was repeatedly pressured throughout the game. Some of blame lays at the feet of the offensive line, but when playing teams as talented as Seattle, the ball has to come out more quickly. With road games at Pittsburgh and at Arizona on tap, Fitzpatrick must play better before this season starts to spin out of control.

2016 Week 3 vs KC (20 / 44 / 188 / 0 / 6 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)

A complete disaster would be the only way to summarize Fitzpatrick's performance. Fitzpatrick threw a career-high six interceptions, which marks just the 40th game in NFL history whereby a quarterback has thrown 6+ interceptions. Of the six interceptions, three were thrown in the endzone that repeatedly killed New York's momentum in the fourth quarter. New York's final five drives all ended in Fitzpatrick's interceptions, which shows that New York had opportunities to comeback, but bad decisions by Fitzpatrick ended those aspirations. While Kansas City's defense should be credited for making plays, Fitzpatrick was lazy with his decision making. Fitzpatrick did not quickly go through his progressions, overshot open receivers, and stared down open receivers. Needless to say, Fitzpatrick has had better days and will have better games ahead.

2016 Week 2 vs BUF (24 / 34 / 374 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)

After a lackluster performance against Cincinnati, Fitzpatrick bounced back in a big way. Fitzpatrick showed poise and confidence by pushing the ball downfield to his three big receivers. After failing to push the ball downfield against Cincinnati, Fitzpatrick went 6-for-6 on first half throws of 15+ yards downfield, which boosted his confidence against a Ryan-led defense that he has historically struggled against. The play calling was not overly diverse--Gailey primarily called back shoulder throws and slant routes over the middle of the field, but Fitzpatrick displayed pocket awareness by stepping up in the pocket to drive the ball to receivers over the middle of the field. Buffalo tried to press the receivers at the line of scrimmage, but credit the receivers for aggressively beating press and giving Fitzpatrick windows to complete passes. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown strike went to Decker in the second quarter. Decker easily ripped through Ronald Darby's press coverage, ran open into the end zone, and hauled in a 5-yard touchdown reception. Fitzpatrick also showed a lot of trust in Enunwa--and he delivered. Enunwa caught all six of his targets, was moved around the formation, and won his one-on-one match-ups against Darby and Stephon Gilmore. While it doesn't show up in Fitzpatrick's final stat line, the mere presence of Matt Forte has completed changed the offense. Forte's ability to gain three-to-four yards on seemingly any play call creates more favorable situations on 2nd and 3rd down. While Fitzpatrick delivered an overall solid performance, he had a few issues with ball security on New York's first drive. Fitzpatrick was loose with the ball and committed one fumble, but luckily, Kellen Davis recovered the fumble. A second opening drive fumble was luckily negated and was ruled a forward, incomplete pass. If the fumble bounces the other way or if the incomplete pass call is ruled differently, the complexion of this game may look completely different.

2016 Week 1 vs CIN (19 / 35 / 189 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)

After a solid first half, Fitzpatrick failed to create plays in the second half. In the first half, Fitzpatrick connected on touchdown strikes to Quincy Enunwa (3-yard TD) and Eric Decker (15-yard TD). In the first quarter, Fitzpatrick found Enunwa on a short out route to give New York a 7-0 lead. Enunwa used his big body to create space and complete the each pitch and catch. In the second quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Decker with a back shoulder to complete the scoring play. Decker boxed out corner, Josh Shaw to complete the scoring play. Credit both Enunwa and Decker for being physical at the catch point to come down with the touchdowns. While Fitzpatrick hit Enunwa and Decker for scoring plays, he had trouble getting on the same page with Brandon Marshall. In the first half, Fitzpatrick overthrew Marshall on a post route that would resulted in his third touchdown pass. Fitzpatrick targeted Marshall on New York's final drive, but a drop killed the drive's momentum and Fitzpatrick was intercepted a few plays later by Shaw to end the game. This loss does not fall on Fitzpatrick's shoulders, but if he's able to make a few additional plays, the outcome of this game would have been different.


Latest News

Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick could start again (Wed Oct 19, 04:00 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could regain the starting quarterback job at some point this season, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick benched (Wed Oct 19, 11:29 AM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has lost the starting quarterback job Wednesday, Oct. 19, according to league sources.

Our View: He'll be a $12 million backup for the Jets as they want to look at Geno Smith as their starter. If Smith struggles, then perhaps the team will turn to a young QB like Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg instead of going back to Fitzpatrick.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick on shaky ground? (Wed Oct 19, 02:20 AM) - New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles indicated during a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 18, that he has 'revisited' his post-game comments that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 'is our starter,' but did not say he was making a change. Bowles also mentioned it was 'definitely possible' that QBs Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg could see action before season's end.

Our View: Of course Fitzpatrick is on shaky ground. The Jets have to eventually see what they have in young QBs like Petty and Hackenberg. They drafted Hackenberg this year after passing on Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. If he's the QB of the future, the team might as well throw him out there when Fitzpatrick is done.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick to start in Week 7 (Tue Oct 18, 12:27 AM) - Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. 'Fitz will be back next week,' head coach Todd Bowles said Monday, Oct. 17. 'The game was 28-3. There was eight minutes left in the game. We weren't doing anything else. I just wanted to get (QB Geno Smith) some reps.'

Our View: What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results seems to be the way with Fitzpatrick. The magic is gone, the Jets are going nowhere and this would be a perfect opportunity to see what you have in Smith or Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. Instead, the Jets are sticking with Fitzpatrick. Good luck with that.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick benched in 4Q (Mon Oct 17, 11:19 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched early in the fourth quarter of the Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 17, with his team trailing 28-3. Fitzpatrick completed 16 of his 30 pass attempts for 174 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. QB Geno Smith replaced him.

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