QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Free Agent
|6-2, 221||Born: 11-24-1982||College: Harvard||Drafted: Round 7|
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2016 Week 17 vs BUF (20 / 30 / 210 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
With Bryce Petty on injured reserve, Ryan Fitzpatrick started and played all four quarters. Fans were clamoring for Christian Hackenburg, but the team remained steadfast in treating this season as a 'red shirt' season for the young quarterback. Fitzpatrick was efficient in likely his final game as a Jet, completing 66 percent of his pass attempts and throwing two short touchdown passes. In the first quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Bilal Powell in the flat for a 2-yard touchdown. On a designed roll out, Fitzpatrick moved to his right and found Powell wide-open in the flat. Powell caught the pass and ran unimpeded into the end zone. In the third quarter, Fitzpatrick found Jalin Marshall on a drag route for a 6-yard touchdown. New York led from start to finish, so Fitzpatrick did a nice job of managing the game and making plays when his team needed it. Fitzpatrick enters the off-season as a free agent and has discussed retirement.
2016 Week 16 vs NE (8 / 21 / 136 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
For the second straight week, Ryan Fitzpatrick came on in relief of an injured Bryce Petty. Fitzpatrick, however, looked uninterested in playing. Fitzpatrick was incepted twice and only completed four passes prior to the fourth quarter. His decision making lazy and it's beyond obvious that his time as a Jet is nearing an end.
2016 Week 15 vs MIA (5 / 10 / 31 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game after Bryce Petty departed with a chest injury. Fitzpatrick led New York's offense into the red zone three times, but only came away with three points. Granted, the score was 34-10 when Fitzpatrick entered the game, but Fitzpatrick had some opportunities to make plays. Fitzpatrick failed to execute and was intercepted by Tony Lippett to end the game.
2016 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 12 / 81 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
he 'Fitzmagic' has run out for Ryan Fitzpatrick in New York. Fitzpatrick was benched after 2+ quarters of action, giving way to Bryce Petty. Fitzpatrick failed to generate a spark in the first half and capped off a dismal first half effort by lazily throwing an interception to Darius Butler; Fitzpatrick badly underthrew Brandon Marshall on a post route, allowing Butler to capture an easy interception. Thanks to some lackluster play by New York's defense, Indianapolis jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, forcing Fitzpatrick to attack through the air rather than calling run plays against Indianapolis' maligned run defense. Defensive coordiantor, Ted Monachino blitzed Fitzpatrick on half of his dropbacks--and Fitzpatrick failed to complete any passes when blitzed.†The pressure looks, mixed with a group of receivers that have trouble consistently winning against man-coverage, was a recipe for disaster. After the game, Todd Bowles named Bryce Petty the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
2016 Week 12 vs NE (22 / 32 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
'Gritty' would be the best word to describe Fitzpatrick's performance against New England. Fitzpatrick was sharp early on, finding Brandon Marshall early-and-often in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Fitzpatrick and Marshall hooked up for a 1-yard touchdown on a back shoulder throw. Marshall was matched up against Malcolm Butler, one-on-one, and Fitzpatrick threw the ball high, allowing the bigger Marshall to go get it. After his touchdown grab, Marshall only had one catch for the rest of the game, but the secondary options stepped up and made plays. Quincy Enunwa made several tough catches for Fitzpatrick, including a 22-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. On the scoring play, Enunwa lined up against Butler, ran a deep corner route, and made a leaping grab to complete the scoring play. Initially, the referees ruled that Enunwa did not get both feet in, but the replay showed Enunwa's landed in bounds, on his rear. After Brady scored the go-ahead touchdown, Fitzpatrick got the ball back with 1:56 to go, but was strip sacked, effectively ending the game. Fans were hoping that Fitzpatrick could rally the team like he did last season against New England, but to no avail.
2016 Week 9 vs MIA (17 / 28 / 193 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 26 / 0 rush)
'Vintage Fitzpatrick' would be the best way to describe his effort against Miami. Known for playing with toughness, grit, and guile, Fitzpatrick stood tall in the pocket and made some tough throws, but interceptions and poor red zone execution were culprits in the loss. The offense scored just one touchdown in four red zone trips, but that one touchdown gave New York a 23-20 lead with five minutes remaining in the game. After a muffed Miami punt, Fitzpatrick hooked up with Jalin Marshall for an 18-yard touchdown. Marshall beat Bobby McCain on a tight slant route and Fitzpatrick delivered a perfectly thrown ball to buoy the scoring play. Plays like these kept to make fans forget about 3+ quarters bad of football that they just watched, but give him credit, Fitzpatrick put his team in a place to win. Outside of his scoring strike to Marshall, Fitzpatrick played poorly, but gutted through the game. Fitzpatrick threw two bad interceptions, one to defensive tackle, John Phillips, who dropped into zone coverage and intercepted a short slant route and one errant pass that was thrown into the end zone and easily intercepted by a Miami defender. There was some clear miscommunication on the second interception between Fitzpatrick and his receivers. Credit New York's defense for bailing Fitzpatrick out by limiting Miami to a punt and a field goal on his interceptions. Early in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick took a massive hit that awkwardly bent his knee backwards. After missing a series, Fitzpatrick returned to the game, wearing a knee brace. Fitzpatrick finished the game, but he'll be hard pressed to finish next week's game against Los Angeles' front seven if he keeps taking big hits.
2016 Week 8 vs CLE (16 / 34 / 228 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
A cat has nine lives---and some may agree that Ryan Fitzpatrick also has nine lives. After a listless first half effort (3-of-14, 40 yards), Todd Bowles opted to keep Fitzpatrick in the game---and he delivered. Facing a 20-7 second half deficit, Fitzpatrick reprised his 'Fitzmagic' from last season, completing 13-of-19 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. New York's offense played with energy and urgency in the second half, pushing the tempo on offense and making big plays on third downs. Fitzpatrick delivered one touchdown pass, a 24-yard hook-up with Quincy Enunwa on a catch-and-run. Identifying Cleveland's two-deep safety look, Fitzpatrick hit Enunwa on a crossing route and Enunwa made the scoring play happen after the catch. Enunwa ran towards the left sideline, broke towards the end zone, ran through three arm tackles and dove into the end zone. At the line of scrimmage, Fitzpatrick made several great checks calling audibles out of passes plays and into run plays against Cleveland's two-deep safety look. New York scored three rushing touchdowns - and Fitzpatrick deserves some credit for audibling into those run plays. Of note, Bilal Powell delivered a 35-yard rushing touchdown against Cleveland's two deep safety after a Fitzpatrick audible. It cannot be understated how poorly Fitzpatrick played in the first half. Multiple pass attempts were batted down at the line of scrimmage by outcoming rushers, passes were off-target, and the offense looked uninterested in playing. If New York had a semi-decent back-up, Fitzpatrick would have pulled. One variable that may have caused Fitzpatrick's dismal first half effort was a big hit delivered early in the first quarter. On a 3rd-and-5 play, Fitzpatrick scrambled towards the right sideline and dove for the first down marker. An oncoming defender delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow and was knocked out of the game. Due to the violet nature of the hit, Fitzpatrick's helmet and chin strap came flying off of his head. Fitzpatrick missed one play and came back in, but many were surprised that he wasn't evaluated for a concussion.
2016 Week 7 vs BAL (9 / 14 / 120 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ryan Fitzpatrick came on in relief and helped orchestrate a comeback effort. Trailing 13-7 late in the second quarter, Fitzpatrick orchestrated a 7-play, 85-yard drive that culminated with a 13-yard touchdown to Matt Forte on a screen pass. Despite the benching, Fitzpatrick appeared composed and relaxed as he attacked Baltimore's deep zone coverage on this scoring drive. Outside of this 85-yard drive, a relatively conservative offensive game plan was called as Forte was fed during the second half. Forte chipped in a third quarter touchdown to win the game. Overall, Fitzpatrick did a decent job of managing the game and did not make any mistakes to cost his team a win.
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.
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