QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Miami Dolphins
|6-2, 221||Born: 11-24-1982||College: Harvard||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2005|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Jan 31): has confirmed he'll return in 2020.
General News (Wed Jan 22): is expected to be on the roster next season, according to general manager Chris Grier.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Ryan Fitzpatrick's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs NE (28 / 41 / 320 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 15 / 1 rush)
It has been a long season in Miami for anyone under center. After flipping back and forth between Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen they finally settled in with Fitzpatrick and let him do his thing. It paid off as Miami finished the season on a 2-game win streak and took down their division rival in the Patriots. Fitzpatrick was not afraid to take shots down the field and everything seemed to turn around when he started targeting DeVante Parker. Fitzpatrick played mistake free football this week against a Patriots defense that embarrassed the team earlier in the year. HE connected on a game-winning touchdown to Mike Gesicki with less than 30 seconds to go and ran in a 2-yard score to take a lead in the second half. The touchdown was a perfectly thrown strike to Gesicki in the middle of the end zone. The rookie tight end ran a late breaking route that created just enough separation for Fitzpatrick to squeeze the ball in. His touchdown run came on a scramble play after a big catch by Albert Wilson and then a trick play double pass by Wilson. Fitzpatrick was sacked twice and put the ball on the ground once, but the Patriots were unable to recover. This was a very fitting end to the season for Fitzpatrick and there is no word on what Miami is going to do next season. They are in line to try and draft the quarterback of their future and that may afford Fitzpatrick another season at the helm.
2019 Week 16 vs CIN (31 / 52 / 419 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / 9 / 0 rush)
It was a quick and efficient 3 quarters for Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins this week. The first drive went for 12 plays, 85 yards, and a big man touchdown. The drive was aided by a 27-yard deep pass down the sideline to Allen Hurns. The touchdown went to Christian Wilkins from 1-yard out. Wilkins is normally a defensive tackle that reported as eligible for this play. It was a 1-yard throw into the flat with Wilkins making the catch, fumbling, and then recovering in the end zone for the score. The second drive had everything to do with his connection with Parker. The duo connected on a 51-yard deep pass across the middle and then capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown. Parker got inside leverage on his man with a short slant pattern on 3rd and goal. He used his body to box out the defender and make the catch in the end zone for the score. The 3rd touchdown of the half for Fitzpatrick came on a blown coverage by the defense. Gesicki found himself wide open deep down the field and was able to back pedal into the end zone without being touched. Fitzpatrick scrambled and left the pocket causing the defense to push up and try to stop a quarterback run. This left Gesicki all alone on about the 5-yard line before Fitzpatrick delivered a strike for another easy score. The game was getting out of hand at this point with the Dolphins then scoring again on their opening drive of the second half. Fitzpatrick found Gesicki for a 13-yard score in the corner of the end zone. His initial read was across the middle on a crossing pattern, but he pulled it back down and found Gesicki in the corner of the end zone with just his man to beat. The big bodied tight end was able to go up and make the play over his much smaller defender and give the Dolphins a 28-6 lead. This is where the wheels fell off a bit for Fitzpatrick. He threw an interception on the very next drive and then the Dolphins missed a field goal to increase their lead. A blown 4th quarter lead gave Fitzpatrick a chance in over time, but both teams played it safe and traded punts for the first 4 drives. He finally completed a big play to Isaiah Ford for 28 yards and took a series of knees before Jason Sanders kicked a game winning 37-yard field goal. Fitzpatrick has shown he can still play in this league and will have one more audition against the Patriots to close out the season next week.
2019 Week 15 vs NYG (23 / 41 / 279 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
The only thing Fitzpatrick did not do this week was come away with the win and that is best case for this team right now. They were coming dangerously close to dropping in the draft order and ruining everything they have been trying to setup this season. Fitzpatrick has looked good enough to get another shot and help mentor whatever young quarterback they take in the draft and he has built rapport with the likes of Parker and Gesicki in this offense. Fitzpatrick kicked off the scoring in the second quarter with a touchdown to Parker. It capped a 9 play 94-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown. Parker ran a simple go route up the seam and Fitzpatrick threaded the needle between 2 defenders for the score. That drive also featured a 21-yard catch and run dump off to Albert Wilson to set the Dolphins up in great position for the score. His second touchdown also went to Parker. But the game was already out of hand at this point. A 20-yard pass to Gesicki helped jump start the drive and it was capped off with a 29-yard strike to Parker. This time it was a deep shot down the left sideline with Parker fighting for position on his corner. Parker made the leaping grab in the front corner of the end zone and continued his breakout season. Fitzpatrick played clean football for the most part outside of a fumble in the 3rd quarter. He had scrambled for 5 yards before a hard hit to the back popped the ball loose. The Miami defense created a turnover of their own 3 plays later and the Dolphins were able to pull the score to 13-14. This was the closest they would get with Saquon Barkley taking over and the offense failing to move the ball until their final drive. Fitzpatrick gets a great matchup next week against the Bengals before being sacrificed to the Patriots defense in week 17.
2019 Week 14 vs NYJ (21 / 37 / 245 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 65 / 0 rush)
It was not the most productive game of the season for Fitzpatrick, but he did the best with the weapons he had. He has lost every single one of his top rushers or receivers to either trade or injury this season and he continues to find a way to keep them in games. His biggest mistake this week came on their second drive of the game when he tried to take a shot over the middle to Allen Hurns. Nate Hariston jumped the route and was able to get his hands on the ball as both he and Hurns went to the ground. Hariston wrestled the ball away and was credited with the interception. The most positive thing Fitzpatrick did this week was run the ball. He led the team in rushing with 65 yards and had a long 20-yard gain after scrambling in the pocket. He did put the ball on the ground twice but both times were recovered by the offense. He looks to have found a new target in Isaiah Ford and showed some chemistry with Allen Hurns this week after DeVante Parker left due to a concussion. The touchdowns were just not there this week and the Dolphins still had a chance to win. Fitzpatrick has great matchups against the Giants and Bengals in the next 2 weeks.
2019 Week 13 vs PHI (27 / 39 / 365 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Eagles secondary struggled to cover anyone this week and saw the field goal holder throw a touchdown to the kicker. With that fact in mind, the season high 365 yards and 3 touchdowns from Fitzpatrick make a lot more sense. The opening drive looked like the early part of the season for the Dolphins with Fitzpatrick throwing an interception on the very first play. He was looking for Parker across the middle and threw it just behind his receiver. Ronald Darby came down with the interception and Philadelphia went down and drove for the game's first touchdown. Things went much better from there with Fitzpatrick connecting with Parker for 2 touchdowns. The first came on a 43-yard bomb deep down the left side. It was a 4th and 4 play where Fitzpatrick laid the ball up to Parker down the sideline. He went up and over Darby who fell on the play and Parker was able to tip toe down the side line and in for the score. The second touchdown was of the 17-yard variety and came on the heels of a 21-yard pass to Mike Gesicki. Fitzpatrick again laid the ball up to Parker, this time down the right-side line and in the end zone. Parker went up between 2 defenders and made the catch in the back of the end zone. There was some griping about offensive pass interference, but it was a clean play for the touchdown. The third touchdown was a 14-yard strike to Gesicki. Fitzpatrick was flushed out of the pocket and rolled to the right where he was able to find his big tight end in the corner of the end zone after running a wheel route. The broken play made the defender come up to play the run and gave Gesicki just enough room in the back of the end zone to make the catch. This game was vintage Fitzpatrick. He threw the ball deep down the field, took chances, and played with a sort of swagger we have not seen in Miami this season. He has 3 very winnable games in the next 3 weeks before a season ending show down against the Patriots.
2019 Week 12 vs CLE (21 / 39 / 214 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 45 / 1 rush)
It was not a happy Birthday for Fitzpatrick this week. Even without their top pass rushing option, the Browns still got to Fitzpatrick 4 times for a loss of 22 yards and hit him a total of 6 times. There was almost no time to throw the ball and that led to mistake. Fitzpatrick threw 2 interceptions, and both were to Joe Schobert. The first interception came on a promising drive on the Cleveland side of the field. It was an unlucky bounce off the hands and chest of Albert Wilson that fell into the arms of Schobert. The second interception came in the 4th quarter on a drive that was not going anywhere. After a big sack, Fitzpatrick was flushed on the next play and he floated a dangerous ball down the field that again went to Schobert in coverage. There was some good this week for Fitzpatrick in the second half. After a short catch and run to Parker went for 21 yards, Fitzpatrick connected with Mike Gesicki on the next play for an 11-yard score. It was a perfectly threaded needle across the middle to Gesicki who made a leaping catch in the end zone. It was one of the best thrown balls all day by Fitzpatrick and his young tight end was able to go up and get it. His second touchdown came after the Browns missed a field goal and was a methodical drive down the field with Fitzpatrick punching it in on his own from 8 yards out. The pocket collapsed and he was able to escape up the middle and dive into the end zone. Just for good measure, Fitzpatrick tacked on a touchdown at the end of the game to Allen Hurns. The pass rush got to him again and he had to get creative to avoid it. This allowed Hurns to keep working down the field and find himself wide open in the corner of the end zone after his defender fell down after making contact with his own player. It was a busted play and a garbage time touchdown, but it made it look like the Dolphins put up a little more fight than they did. The mistakes were costly this week and the mounting injuries to receivers is going to make things tough on Fitzpatrick for the rest of the season.
2019 Week 11 vs BUF (32 / 45 / 323 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
For a brief moment we all thought that Fitz-Magic was back, and the Dolphins were going to make a late charge. He threw for more than 300 yards this week, completed passes to 7 different receivers, and showed a clear connection with DeVante Parker. The duo connected on a 50-yard pass to help setup the first touchdown of the game. Parker ran a deep crossing route and had the corner coming over in coverage fall down after he tried to make a play on the ball. It was a beautifully thrown ball by Fitzpatrick that hit Parker in stride and let him run after the catch. Fitzpatrick looked good this week outside of the offensive line not being able to protect him at all. The offensive line allowed 7 sacks for a loss of 43 yards and he was hit a total of 14 times. Fitzpatrick looked to be harassed on almost every single one of his drop backs and rarely had a clean pocket to make a play. The Dolphins have been playing to draft their next quarterback all season, but they may want to think about putting a line in front of someone first or they will never find any success. Fitzpatrick should get the nod again next week against the Browns and have a bit easier of a matchup.
2019 Week 10 vs IND (21 / 33 / 169 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 23 / 1 rush)
It was not pretty, but Fitzpatrick managed to get the job done this week against the Colts. Indianapolis has not been a friendly venue to the Dolphins as it. had been almost 6 years since they last won there. Fitzpatrick completed almost 64% of his passes but looked erratic almost the entire game. He missed on a few easy check down throws and was nowhere close on delivering the deep ball to Parker. He was sacked 3 times for a loss of 10 yards but was the most effective rushing option otherwise. He did not sniff the end zone through the air, but he did have a rushing touchdown. It proved to be the only touchdown of the game for the Dolphins and all they would need to secure the victory. The touchdown came shortly after a Colt's interception and was from 11 yards out. Fitzpatrick stepped up in a collapsing pocket and pump faked to Parker on a slant across the middle. Both linebackers continued with Parker in coverage while Fitzpatrick took the ball off the right end and into the end zone for a touchdown. It was the longest running play for the Dolphins this week and a big example of why the team is going with Fitzpatrick over Josh Rosen. It will be a much tougher test next week in Buffalo for Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins.
2019 Week 9 vs NYJ (24 / 36 / 288 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)
It was a banner day for Fitzpatrick and the Miami offense. The passing game was the only thing that seemed to work for the Dolphins as the rushing attack averaged just over 2 yards per carry, but that did not matter with Fitzpatrick finding the end zone 3 times in the 2nd quarter. His first touchdown pass went to Preston Williams for 12 yards and was simply a blown coverage by the Jets. Williams ran a skinny post and both the corner and safety went to cover the running back leaking into the flat rather than Williams. It was an easy pitch and catch for the score from there and Fitzpatrick had a clean pocket and there was not a defender within 5 yards of Williams. The second touchdown capped off a 12 play 77-yard drive with a 17-yard pass to DeVante Parker. Fitzpatrick made a beautiful back shoulder throw to Parker right at the pylon for the score. It was a dangerous play as Fitzpatrick stared down his receiver and never looked in any other direction, but Parker used his body to box out the corner in coverage and make sure no one else could make a play on the ball. The third touchdown again went to Williams for a 5-yard score. It was a quick 1-step drop and throw to Williams running a slant. The ball found him between 2 defenders and was not contested. This drive was fueled by a 34-yard bomb to Mike Gesicki down deep down the right side line that could have gone for a touchdown had he not been tripped up by his man in coverage at the last second. Fitzpatrick had an ugly safety where he tried to get out of the end zone and ended up falling right on the goal line and was sacked 4 times for a loss of 22 yards. This performance should keep his job safe from Josh Rosen for a while longer, but with the Dolphins actively tanking this year there is no knowing what they will do.
2019 Week 8 vs PIT (21 / 34 / 190 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 17 / 0 rush)
Everything was looking great in the first half for Miami and Fitzpatrick. He was completing short throws and moving the ball down the field at will and turned two separate drives into touchdowns for a 14-0 lead. The first throw came after a Pittsburgh interception and went for 5 yards to Albert Wilson. It was a short throw with Fitzpatrick rolling to his left and finding Wilson in the flat after motioning all the way across the formation. A wash of receivers worked to the inside and picked off Steelers defenders and made for an easy path to the end zone for Wilson. The second touchdown went to Allen Hurns from 12 yards out. Hurns caught the ball well short of the first down and a combination of poor tackling and defenders trying to strip the ball rather than take him to the ground allowed him to power into the end zone. The play should have ended well short of a touchdown, but the Steelers could not wrap him up. It was after this point that the wheels fell off for Fitzpatrick and the entire offense. The rushing attack stalled, and the Steelers were able to sit back and defend the pass. Fitzpatrick threw an interception just before half time as he was targeting Nick O'Leary. The pass was behind him and was tipped into the arms of former Dolphin Minkah Fitzpatrick. The ball looked to hit O'Leary in the chest and should have been caught, but instead it was intercepted, and the Steelers drove down for a touchdown and pulled the game to 14-10 before half time. The second interception came on a deep shot to Jakeem Grant where Fitzpatrick over threw his receiver. The ball was again intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Steelers scored a touchdown on their ensuing drive. Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Fitzpatrick twice this week and it led to 14 points for Pittsburgh. The final nail in the coffin came in the 4th quarter when Fitzpatrick was sacked, stripped, and recovered by T.J Watt. It was a 10-point game at this point, but the Miami offense had done nothing to make it look like they would score again. The great start was wasted, and Fitzpatrick will have to try again against the Jets next week.
2019 Week 6 vs WAS (12 / 18 / 132 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Just like we have seen so many times before, Fitzpatrick came in late in a game and made magic happen. Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins on 2 touchdown drives in the 4th quarter and had a chance to win the game on a 2-point conversion play. Unfortunately, the final pass fell incomplete and the Dolphins dropped to 0-5 on the season. The first touchdown drive was fueled by an 18-yard completion on an outlet pass to Mark Walton and was eventually punched in by Kalen Ballage from the 1-yard line. Fitzpatrick played a much bigger role in the final drive where he led the offense 75 yards down the field and into the end zone. Fitzpatrick took several shots down the field and connected on one with Mike Gesicki for 30 yards before dissecting the Redskins offense to give them a chance for a game tying score. Fitzpatrick found DeVante Parker across the middle for an 11-yard touchdown with :06 left in the game. It was a ball thrown into tight coverage, but it was low enough that only Parker could make a play on the ball. The coaching staff has already stated they are going to go back to Rosen next week, but we could see a lot more of Fitzpatrick this season as they have shown they are not afraid to ride the hot hand each week and bench anyone who is not playing well.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 29 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Fitzmagic era is over in Miami as the team officially named Rosen the starter coming into week 3. He did get some playing time when Rosen went down with injury, but it was only a single drive with 2 pass attempts. Fitzpatrick had a big 25-yard completion to Preston Williams on 3rd and 3 that helped setup the second field goal of the game. The pocket collapsed and Fitzpatrick escaped to his right, he threw up what looked like a prayer down field, and Williams was able to go up and over his defender to make the catch. Rosen came back into the game after this drive and that was the end for Fitzpatrick. Miami has shown they have a quick hook at quarterback, and this may not be the last we see of Fitzpatrick this year.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (11 / 21 / 89 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Fitz-Magic era in Miami is off to a very rocky start and the veteran QB has not been benched in favor of josh Rosen twice in as many games. He was sacked 4 times for a loss of 23 yards and left with a QB rating of 23.8. Fitzpatrick failed to surpass 100 yards through the air and completed just over 50% of his passes. The first drive was a 3 and out that went for -3 yards and then 4 more punts before half time. The first drive of the 2nd half saw some bad luck when a pass intended for DeVante Parker was tipped by Stephon Gilmore and pulled in by Devin McCourty. The next interception was returned 54 yards for a touchdown by Gilmore and then the 3rd by Jamie Collins and returned 69 yards for a touchdown. It was at this point that Rosen took over and the quarterback turmoil continues. There has been no indication as to who will be the starter next week against Dallas.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (14 / 29 / 185 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
It was not the start that Fitzpatrick envisioned when given the starting job in Miami to open the season. The score was 28-0 early in the second quarter and Fitzpatrick only had 14 plays on offense across 3 drives. His first drive ended in an interception when he tried to hit Kenyan Drake on a wheel route. There were 2 receivers in the area along with 5 Raven defenders. Neither player looked to make much of an effort to catch the pass and Fitzpatrick got off to a rocky start. It was not until the 2nd quarter that Fitzpatrick led the team on a scoring drive. A 49-yard catch and run deep down the middle from DeVante Parker put the ball on the Baltimore 49 before the offense proceeded to have plays of -1 yard, -3 yards, and a 5-yard penalty. Fitzpatrick missed on 3rd down and the Dolphins settled for a 54-yard field goal. On the Dolphins final drive of the 1st half, Fitzpatrick led them on a touchdown drive. With big plays to Parker, Allen Hurns, and an eventual 6-yard touchdown pass to Preston Williams, it was the first time the team showed life all game. Fitzpatrick found Williams across the middle in the back of the end zone for the score. He was wide open on the play because the Ravens defender fell in coverage. It was an all-around ugly day that included 2 sacks and a less than 50% completion rate for Fitzpatrick.
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