Ryan Fitzpatrick 2017 Pro QB Almanac Sample
#14 Ryan Fitzpatrick 6’2” 224 13th Year, Harvard
After putting together the best season of his career in 2015 and setting the Jets single season TD pass record (4,905 Yards, 31 TD, 15 INT 60%) Ryan Fitzpatrick stonewalled the Jets as they stood pat in declining to offer him a long term contract. Fitzpatrick ended up signing a one year deal and would like to forget the abysmal year he had as starter minus one game against the Bills early in the year. For his career, Fitzpatrick has thrown for nearly 26,000 yards with 166 touchdowns against 133 interceptions for a career 79.7 rating while strategically capitalizing on his best years as he has been paid out in 2011, 2012 and 2016 for a combined total of 34 million dollars in those three years combined.
Fitzpatrick is a cerebral, tough and athletic quarterback who has thrown with good arm strength as well as anticipation throughout his career. When he gets hot he can be as good of a pure
passer as there is in the league the problem is that when is not playing extremely well he ends up compounding his poor play with multiple mistakes in succession and gets himself into a rut of poor decision making, accuracy issues etc. This was a recurring theme in 2016 and turning over the football is something that has accompanied him throughout his entire career. Fitzpatrick relied upon both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker during his time in New York and was able to develop great chemistry with both of them. When Decker went down early in the year Fitzpatrick was never the same. Fitzpatrick signed with Tampa Bay in May and will be called upon to be a resource for starter Jameis Winston. If forced into action Fitzpatrick should be able to right the ship due to his vast experience and high football IQ.
Fitzpatrick is under no illusions in Tampa. He understands he is no longer competing for a starting job and is there to be a valuable resource for Winston. Fitzpatrick needs just 401 passing yards to surpass Jim Harbaugh for 65th best in the all time rankings. Our bet is that Fitzmagic plays some in 2017 passes Harbaugh on the all time yardage list.
2018 Update – Fitzpatrick has changed the plot just a little bit. After passing for over 400 yards & 4 TD’s in each of the Buccaneers first two games he has proven he is still can play at a high level in the NFL & is the clear cut starter at QB until proven otherwise.
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