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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - New York Jets

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

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After way more drama than was needed, Ryan Fitzpatrick settled for a 1-year, $12 million contract with the New York Jets and should step right in as a starter, displacing Geno Smith one more time. The deal is a win-win for everyone--the Jets because they only spend no more than $15 million (if Fitz hits his bonuses) and both parties for the length. The Jets can walk away if Fitzpatrick stumbles or he can cash in if he plays well. The odds are stacked against the latter, however, as the Jets have a brutal schedule, particularly at the start of the year. While he played well, the Jets and Fitzpatrick faced a weak schedule in 2015, but one of the toughest in 2016. There is a good chance that regardless of who is at quarterback, the Jets could be sitting with five or six losses come Week 9 and Cleveland. If that's the case, will Fitzpatrick still be the starter? And will it matter? We doubt he will repeat the 3,905 yards or the 31 touchdowns, though the 15 interceptions seem likely again this year. Fitzpatrick has the weapons you need in Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and now Matt Forte, but while his signing helps them, his upside is limited. (July 27)

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QB Redraft - 23, 14, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 20, 22, 22, 23, 24, 28, 33, 35
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2013 TEN 11 217 350 2454 14 12 43 225 3 2
2014 HOU 12 197 312 2483 17 8 50 184 2 1
2015 NYJ 16 335 562 3905 31 15 60 270 2 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 316 510 * * * 50 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 318 535 * * * 55 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 15 338 553 * * * 47 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 15 310 496 * * * 51 * * *

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Overall: 199
QB: 28

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Latest News

Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick has solid practice (Sat Jul 30, 08:11 AM) - New York Jets OB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 23 of his 29 passes in team drills during practice Friday, July 29.

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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starter (Thu Jul 28, 05:05 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starting quarterback in 2016, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Our View: This is less shocking than finding out Darth Vader is Luke's father but more than discovering Superman and Batman both have moms named Martha. On the serious tip, of course we knew this and Fitzpatrick should be a low-end QB2 in this offense, given the continuity of it. Fitzpatrick is an able backup with some upside, but that schedule scares Zack Snyder doing another DC movie.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick working with starters (Thu Jul 28, 03:34 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is receiving most of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 28. QB Geno Smith has also received a few snaps with the starters.

Our View: As expected. We still expect Smith to be there just in case Fitzpatrick implodes or gets hurt this season, since nobody else has experience. Bryce Petty is likely to be cut and stashed on the practice squad if at all possible. Fitzpatrick is a low-end QB2 or a solid QB3. He has the weapons and was solid last year but the schedule and his meltdown in Week 17 keep us leery of him.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to New York (Wed Jul 27, 07:05 PM) - Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, July 27, worth $12 million. Fitzpatrick can earn an additional $3 million based on the team's performance.

Our View: Finally! The drama between Fitzpatrick and the Jets is finally done...and it's for a price tag that we've been expecting for quite some time. Fitzpatrick saw all the money thrown around to guys like Sam Bradford (Eagles) and Brock Osweiler (Texans) earlier this offseason and wanted a piece of that. He didn't get it..and never was going to get it. Now, he gets $12 million fully guaranteed with a chance to earn another $3 million in incentives. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB2.
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick talking with NYJ (Wed Jul 27, 06:37 PM) - Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is having contract negotiations with the New York Jets. The Jets are trying to reach an agreement with Fitzpatrick.

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2016 Schedule

1vs Cincinnati Bengals
2@ Buffalo Bills
3@ Kansas City Chiefs
4vs Seattle Seahawks
5@ Pittsburgh Steelers
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9@ Miami Dolphins
10vs Los Angeles Rams
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs New England Patriots
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14@ San Francisco 49ers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17vs Buffalo Bills