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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - New York Jets

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 30): Fitzpatrick's #1 receiver Brandon Marshall is playing like a #1 again, which might put Fitzpatrick prominently back in the streamer mix for the playoffs. This week against the Giants looks like an excellent matchup.

Week 13: at New York Giants

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs JAX 65 21 34 272 2 0 4 0 0 0 21.6
10 vs BUF 59 15 34 193 2 2 3 30 0 0 18.65
11 at HOU 67 19 39 216 1 2 5 12 1 0 19
12 vs MIA 75 22 37 277 4 0 5 21 0 0 30.95
13 at NYG PROJ-Dodds * 22 37 * * * 4 * * * *
13 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 22 37 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 12 vs MIA (22 / 37 / 277 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)

Amidst a 'quarterback controversy' after two poor performances, Ryan Fitzpatrick silenced any doubters by turning in a four-touchdown, turnover-free outing. Still playing with a brace on his left hand, Fitzpatrick's passes were much crisper than prior weeks. Fitzpatrick attacked Miami's defense with his arm and legs, throwing caution to wind when scrambling and diving 'head first' for first downs. Fitzpatrick took turns picking on Miami's corners, singling out Brent Grimes, Jamar Taylor and Brice McCain at different points during the game. Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall abused Grimes throughout the game, utilizing Marshall's larger frame to win one-on-one and jump ball situations. Fitzpatrick and Marshall hooked up for two touchdown strikes, once during the first quarter and a second time during the fourth quarter. During the first quarter, Marshall ran a corner route and Fitzpatrick lobbed the ball in for a 16-yard score. Later in the fourth quarter, Marshall ran a slant route and hauled in a 3-yard touchdown. Marshall easily won at the catch point, making the scoring plays seem somewhat routine. Devin Smith scored his first touchdown right before halftime, running a tight post route and catching a strike from Fitzpatrick for a 16-yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick showed a lot of faith for targeting Smith in a high leverage situation--and Smith cashed in. Eric Decker found the end zone for the 7th time this season, running a slant route and hauling in a 2-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter. Credit Quincy Enunwa for clearing out the defenders and Fitzpatrick for instantly recognizing that Decker was wide open. Fitzpatrick proved that, without a shadow of a doubt, he gives this team the best chance to win games.

2015 Week 11 vs HOU (19 / 39 / 216 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 12 / 1 rush)

Just nine days removed form a thumb surgery, Fitzpatrick failed to develop a rhythm against a suddenly resurgent Houston defensive front. While Fitzpatrick did try to force some throws into tight windows, New York's offensive line was simply overmatched. JJ Watt's impact on the game's outcome cannot be unstated; Watt cycled across the defensive front and dominated right tackle, Breno Giacomini in one-on-one situations. Watt was constantly in Fitzpatrick's face, racking up five quarterback hits and two sacks. The coaching staff failed to supply a double team for Giacomini, so Fitzpatrick was under constant duress. Despite playing with an injured thumb, Fitzpatrick continued to scramble with reckless abandonment. During the second quarter, Fitzpatrick fumbled, but Bilal Powell luckily recovered. Late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick scrambled for six yards and dove into the end zone for New York's second touchdown. Fitzpatrick's scramble cut Houston's lead to 24-17, but Fitzpatrick took another big hit as he crossed the goal line. Doctors checked him for a concussion, but luckily, he stayed in the game. Fitzpatrick threw one touchdown to Brandon Marshall, a 21-yard strike out a corner route. Marshall was matched up against rookie, Kevin Johnson and delivered a perfect throw to Marshall. Outside of this scoring play, Fitzpatrick primarily settled for short completions on check downs to Bilal Powell and short crossing routes to Eric Decker. It's also worth noting that rookie Devin Smith dropped a sure-fire touchdown on a go-route, so his development is not progressing as most had hoped.

2015 Week 10 vs BUF (15 / 34 / 193 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 30 / 0 rush)

Ryan Fitzpatrick made some costly physical and mental mistakes that halted New York's second half surge. Despite throwing two key second half touchdowns to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, Fitzpatrick was unable to make game winning plays in the fourth quarter. Midway through the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick was engineering a strong drive and had Buffalo's defense on its heels. On a 3rd-and-3 play from Buffalo's 6-yard line, Fitzpatrick audibled out of a designed run for Chris Ivory and called a pick play for Eric Decker. Jeff Cumberland was the designated 'pick', but bumped into Decker at the line of the scrimmage and Decker was tackled for a 1-yard loss. New York opted to go for it on fourth down, but Fitzpatrick made a curious decision to target back-up tight end, Kellen Davis on a pick play. Davis ran a corner route, but did not pivot his head around quickly enough and the ball landed in the back corner of the end zone. Credit Buffalo's defense for disrupting Davis at the line of scrimmage, but question Fitzpatrick's decision making on that play. Buffalo opted to double team Brandon Marshall, but the decision to target Davis was baffling. Fitzpatrick was not limited by his thumb injury and took some shots down the field. His receivers, however, ran some sloppy routes. During a last ditch drive in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick was intercepted on a deep crossing route. Kenbrell Thompkins, who started and primary played as the third wide receiver, strung out his route, giving the defender an easy opportunity to intercept the pass. Fitzpatrick opted to have surgery on his thumb on Friday afternoon and will likely play next week against Houston.

2015 Week 9 vs JAX (21 / 34 / 272 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)

One week after tearing a ligament in his left thumb, Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to action and played well enough to win. Unlike prior weeks, Fitzpatrick took the majority of his snaps from the shotgun and only used his left hand as a guide. Fitzpatrick did not have any issue putting velocity on his throws, fitting two tight throws, one to Eric Decker and the other to Brandon Marshall, for game changing touchdowns. Early in the first quarter, Fitzpatrick found Decker in the middle of the end zone for an easy 7-yard pitch-and-catch. Fitzpatrick scrambled to prolong the play, but credit Decker for beating his defender and making a nice back shoulder catch. Late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick hooked up with Marshall for a game-sealing 20-yard touchdown. Marshall dogged corner, Davon House and made an acrobatic catch to finish the scoring play. Fitzpatrick's scoring strike to Marshall gave New York a 28-13 lead. While Fitzpatrick made some plays, he missed some easy throws and overshot Marshall in the second quarter, which would have resulted in an easy touchdown. Fitzpatrick will have to be sharper when the Buffalo Bills come to town.

2015 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 5 / 46 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Ryan Fitzpatrick injured his left thumb on the game's sixth play and gave way to Geno Smith. Fitzpatrick scrambled on a third down play and went head first instead of sliding. Fitzpatrick thumb got caught under the defender and he left the game until the final few plays of the game. Geno Smith came on in relief, but Fitzpatrick had to enter the game late in the fourth quarter after Smith took a big hit. Fitzpatrick was able to throw the ball downfield since the injury occurred to his non-throwing hand, but nonetheless, he entered the game in an emergency situation. The announcers indicated that Fitzpatrick may have suffered a ligament injury, but the severity isn't known.

2015 Week 7 vs NE (22 / 39 / 295 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)

Given the circumstances, Ryan Fitzpatrick played a solid game under tough conditions. Chris Ivory re-injured his balky hamstring on New York's first play, putting more pressure on Fitzpatrick to make plays. Feeling the effects of additional pressure, Fitzpatrick lost a fumble on New York's second play, which led to three points for New England. Fitzpatrick, however, was able to re-group and threw multiple touchdown passes for the fifth time in six starts. Early in the second quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Jeremy Kerley on a quick slant route for a 5-yard touchdown. Late in the third quarter, Fitzpatrick found Chris Ivory wide open on a wheel route for an easy 9-yard touchdown. The touchdown passes to these two unlikely recipients were a microcosm of New York's gameplan. New England rolled its coverage to Brandon Marshall, forcing Fitzpatrick to lean on his other targets. In addition to Kerley and Ivory, Eric Decker came up big, hauling in four, chain-moving opportunities on third down. Late in the fourth quarter, New York recovered an on-sides kick and had just ten seconds to score a touchdown to tie the game. New York, unfortunately, did not have any timeouts and Fitzpatrick made a mistake to throw the ball over the middle of thefield. Decker was able to haul in a reception for a 12-yard gain, but it was a poor decision when Fitzpatrick should have thrown a 'Hail Mary' into the end zone. Fitzpatrick was able to spike the ball with one second remaining, but a false start by Marshall ended the game.

2015 Week 6 vs WAS (19 / 26 / 253 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 31 / 1 rush)

Coming off a bye week, Ryan Fitzpatrick played his best game of the season. While Fitzpatrick did throw his seventh interception of the season, he made the play of the game with his legs. Playing with a short field after an interception by Revis, Fitzpatrick scrambled and ran in a touchdown from 18 yards away. This scoring play gave New York a 20-13, third quarter lead; a lead New York wouldn't relinquish. No one will mistake Fitzpatrick for Russell Wilson or Cam Newton, but he's an underrated athlete that can make plays happen with his legs. Fitzpatrick also threw touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall (35 yards) and Eric Decker (2 yards), but credit both Marshall and Decker for extraordinary individual efforts to complete the scoring plays.

2015 Week 4 vs MIA (16 / 29 / 218 / 1 / 1 pass, 9 / 34 / 0 rush)

Ryan Fitzpatrick had all of his main weapons at his disposal, but turned in a mediocre individual performance. Fitzpatrick benefitted from a dominant effort from his offensive line, which buoyed a 204-yard rushing attack. Fitzpatrick, however, forced some throws and could have picked off three or four times by Miami's defense. Fitzpatrick did manage a few strong throws, including a 57-yard strike to Brandon Marshall on New York's first play and a tight throw to Eric Decker on a post-route for a 10-yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick was also able to pick up first downs with his legs, picking up 34 yards when Miami opted to sit in deep zone coverage. Fitzpatrick made a few key throws, but did make some mistakes that will hopefully get ironed out during the bye week. Since New York enters its bye week with a 3-1 record, a quarterback change won't likely be made.

2015 Week 3 vs PHI (35 / 58 / 283 / 2 / 3 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Without two of his top playmakers, Fitzpatrick attempted to lead an offense that was clearly limited. After falling into an early double digit hole, New York's game plan revolved around force feeding Brandon Marshall, who was regularly double teamed. New York's offensive line was also dominated at the line of scrimmage and regularly lost their one-on-one assignments. These issues snowballed and ultimately resulted in turnovers. Fitzpatrick attempted a season-high 58 pass attempts and threw three interceptions. Fitzpatrick's third interception went through Marshall's hands and ultimately sealed the victory for Philadelphia. Fitzpatrick did throw two touchdown passes, one to Marshall and one late touchdown strike to Jeremy Kerley. Right before halftime, Fitzpatrick found Marshall on a deep post route for a relatively easy score. Late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick threw a dart to Kerley on a post route that was reminiscent of the strike that Fitzpatrick threw to Eric Decker in Week 2. Fitzpatrick was signed to manage games, but New York's porous effort on special teams, lackluster defensive play and overmatched offensive line put him in situations where he couldn't succeed.

2015 Week 2 vs IND (22 / 34 / 244 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

With the Jets controlling field position, the star of Monday Night Football in Week 2 was the Jets defense as Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andrew Luck traded punts most of the night. Fitzpatrick got his first win at Lucas Oil Stadium and finished the game 23 of 34 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He threw a touchdown to both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. On the first drive of the game it was clear that the Jets were going to take advantage of this zone defense scheme of the Colts as they went back to back plays to Eric Decker for 12 and 14 yards respectively on crossing routes. After an Andrew Luck interception Fitzpatrick wastes no time taking advantage hitting Eric Decker on a 6-yard touchdown pass in the slot. This gave the Jets an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Late in the first quarter Fitzpatrick got number one receiver Brandon Marshall involved as well as he throws a great pass on third down that Marshall turns into a 42-yard gain. Fitzpatrick recognized the zone coverage drop down into the flat and was able to connect with Marshall after he adjusted his route. In the second quarter Fitzpatrick is picked off when trying to pass downfield to Brandon Marshall. Colts cornerback Vontae Davis, who has been physically covering Marshall all night, tips the ball into pro-bowler Mike Adams hands in the end zone who makes a great play to get both feet in bounds. After yet another Andrew Luck turnover, Fitzpatrick picks up right where he left off in the first half, effortlessly hitting Eric Decker in zone coverage. The injuries to the Indianapolis corners doesn't allow them to play man coverage against the talented Jets receivers but Decker is literally getting open at will. Fitzpatrick does take another shot deep to Marshall in double coverage but the ball is knocked down and the drive ends in a field goal. After Eric Decker goes down with an apparent knee injury in the second half as well as top Colts Corner Vontae Davis out of the game, Fitzpatrick really got going with Brandon Marshall. He threw his second touchdown pass of the night on a back shoulder throw to Marshal battling through three defenders on his back to cross the goal line. This pushed the lead back to 10 points late in the 4th quarter where the Jets defense would come up with another turnover allowing Fitzpatrick to milk the clock.

2015 Week 1 vs CLE (15 / 24 / 179 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Ryan Fitzpatrick was very solid in his start as a member of the Jets. Fitzpatrick, who is known as a game manager, did an excellent job of keeping Cleveland's defense off-balance by intermixing quick completions with Chris Ivory's hard-nosed runs. Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes, one to Eric Decker on a corner route and one to Brandon Marshall on a fade. Fitzpatrick's touchdown pass to Marshall was completed relatively easy due to Marshall's pure stature against a smaller corner, Joe Haden. Marshall gives Fitzpatrick a physical, dominant red zone presence. Fitzpatrick did throw one interception, but was luckily bailed out by Marshall, who stripped the ball away from the defender. Fitzpatrick commanded Chan Gailey's offenses effectively and let Chris Ivory dominate in early down situations.


Latest News

Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick tosses four scores (Sun Nov 29, 07:15 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 37 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-20 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 12.

Our View: Fitzpatrick took advantage of excellent plays by his receivers, both young and old (by NFL standards. He's a good streamer next week against the Giants.
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Jets | Three Jets listed as probable (Fri Nov 27, 04:02 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) and WRs Brandon Marshall (toe) and Eric Decker (knee) are listed as probable for Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins.

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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick practices (Thu Nov 26, 01:15 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (hand) practiced fully Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Man if Ryan Fitzpatrick only had a better long ball. He could have had several huge plays last week if he had had more arm strength or better accuracy, or if rookie Devin Smith hadn't had a brutal drop. He's a limited, though decent, QB2 play this weekend against the Dolphins.
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Jets | Eric Decker, Ryan Fitzpatrick practice (Wed Nov 25, 05:44 PM) - New York Jets WR Eric Decker (knee) and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) were both full participants in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Our View: A good sign for both in Week 12. We have Decker as a WR2 with upside, while Fitzpatrick is only a QB to consider starting in 2QB/QB-flex leagues against the Dolphins.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick will start (Mon Nov 23, 03:43 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starter in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Our View: The team needs to get back on the winning track, and Fitzpatrick is still going to be their leader. If Fitzpatrick struggles and the team can't win going forward, then perhaps we'd see Geno Smith inserted as the starter.
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