Ryan Fitzpatrick 2017 Pro QB Almanac Sample

#14​ ​Ryan​ ​Fitzpatrick​​ ​​ ​6’2”​ ​224​ ​13th​ ​Year,​ ​Harvard

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Overview

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.

Analysis

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.

2017​ ​Projection

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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