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Ryan Fitzpatrick: I’m better this year, Jets are more confident

FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 file photo shows New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) watching his teammates play during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick missed the offseason in a contract dispute but has been around long enough that it shouldn’t matter much. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) AP

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall isn’t seeing eye-to-eye with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason when it comes to Colin Kaepernick, but he’s on the same page with the current leader of the team’s offense.

Marshall said recently that he believes Ryan Fitzpatrick is “better this year” than he was while throwing 31 touchdown passes on the way to a 10-6 record. Fitzpatrick has the same opinion.

“I’m a better player than I was last year,” Fitzpatrick said to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I feel like I keep progressing. I don’t know what the stats are going to be, but I’m going to be a better player this year than I was last year. I know that.”

That confidence would explain why Fitzpatrick says that he’s fine “betting on myself” with the one-year, $12 million contract he signed with the Jets after a protracted wait to get a deal done. A repeat of last year’s performance would set him up well for another deal, especially if it coincides with a trip to the playoffs.

That 10-6 record wasn’t enough to get Fitzpatrick and the Jets there last season, leaving him behind only Archie Manning when it comes to the most regular season starts without advancing to the postseason. Fitzpatrick believes the Jets are “a more confident football team” this year than they were in 2015 and that there’s “no doubt” that the roster is good enough for a maiden voyage into the playoffs.

The first six weeks of the season should give us a good hint about how those feelings translate to reality. Sunday’s game against the Bengals is one of five against 2015 playoff teams in the first six weeks. They go to Buffalo a week from Thursday and then have trips to Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Arizona sandwiched around a Week Four visit from the Seahawks.

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36 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick: I’m better this year, Jets are more confident”
  1. JackedUpSports says: Sep 7, 2016 8:57 AM

    Will be a telling year for the Jets. This is the best all-around roster they’ve had in a long time. We’ll see if they can take on the tough schedule early. As much as the Jets face tough opponents, other teams don’t want to face the Jets either. That defense can be top three.

  2. eagleswin says: Sep 7, 2016 8:57 AM

    When they start off 1-3, I hope some reporter reminds them of this.

  3. siriusred67 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:03 AM

    Sorry, but you’re not any better than last year, Fitz. You are and always will be the QB who folds up under pressure. Bills fans like myself saw it all too often, and your meltdown against the Bills in a “win and you’re in” game to close out last season showed that you’re the same disappointing QB you always were.

  4. 69goatboy says: Sep 7, 2016 9:05 AM

    Fitz might be better this year, but it won’t matter this Sunday with Geno and Carlos parked on his chest all day.

  5. urmomsmyho says: Sep 7, 2016 9:08 AM

    Not sure how the Jets will be overall but that DL is gonna be downright nasty.

    Jets played some 4-3 in the Giants game with Wilk and Lenonard Williams on the same side, they absolutely destroyed the Giants OL.

    It was crazy how good Wilk looked in his first game since breaking his leg.

  6. nard100 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:15 AM

    Fitz is Fitz. It’s just like Kurt Warner said, whenever he gets in trouble, he just throws the ball harder instead of more accurately.

  7. dsigrey says: Sep 7, 2016 9:17 AM

    Yet they will still finish behind the Patriots again… Even without Brady for a quarter of the season.

  8. wiggy617 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:22 AM

    LOL, same old jets. Good teams don’t talk about how improved or how good they are. They just go out play ball and win.

    Say hello to 1-4 or 0-5 Jets fans.

  9. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Sep 7, 2016 9:29 AM

    Shoulda waited another week, could have gotten double his money from the Vikings or Cowboys. That’s why he was right to hold out, and the Jets had to sign him. Don’t think he won’t remember that this time next year.

  10. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 9:31 AM

    And by “better” Ryan means “better compensated”….

  11. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 9:32 AM

    JackedUpSports says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:57 AM
    Will be a telling year for the Jets. This is the best all-around roster they’ve had in a long time. We’ll see if they can take on the tough schedule early. As much as the Jets face tough opponents, other teams don’t want to face the Jets either. That defense can be top three.

    ————-
    The Bills had a top defense (#4)…..until Rex came to town and turned it into #24…

  12. pgolf3 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:35 AM

    please ask him again in the locker room Sunday after Geno and Carlos and Mike plant him in the turf all day long…

  13. 4th Down says: Sep 7, 2016 9:38 AM

    Talk is cheap, prove it on the field.

  14. losingisnotanoption says: Sep 7, 2016 9:42 AM

    If their record is better than 2-4 after week 6 I’ll be surprised.

  15. imodan says: Sep 7, 2016 9:47 AM

    There’s a HUGE difference between confident and winning. It’s nice they are confident isn’t it? Imagine going into a season with none.

  16. blackbug99 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:49 AM

    Being a Bills fan, I have to have a negative view on Fitz. He took the money and sucked! On the positive side he is a baller. NYJ’s are better with him if he lasts the season, and doesn’t take risks. Sucks we get 4 days to prep for a division rival, but such is life🙂

  17. stoopidfool says: Sep 7, 2016 9:49 AM

    the jets could well be 0-6

  18. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 9:53 AM

    Except when you are playing the Bills in the 4th quarter with playoffs on the line.

  19. streetyson says: Sep 7, 2016 10:04 AM

    Jets need to stop trying to win the off-season that the Bills already won! And thanks to that tough start to the season they could go 2-4 and then consider it impressive to end up 9-7 with an outside sniff at the last wildcard.

  20. swannysez says: Sep 7, 2016 10:04 AM

    What the heck else would he say?

    “Well, I gotta admit, I feel pretty crappy after missing so much time. I’m absolutely terrified that last year was an anomaly and I am gonna throw like a hundred bajillion interceptions this year. Let’s be serious, that $12 million is the last big check I will ever earn because I will revert to who I really am this year and I feel badly for the Jets fans who foolishly believed in me.”

  21. jetsfan136 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:08 AM

    Jets were only in a position to make the playoffs because Fitz led them to a 5-0 record before the Buffalo game. But let’s read a million more posts about that one….when his two backs were injured. Powell didn’t play and 6 carries for Ivory.

  22. 6ball says: Sep 7, 2016 10:22 AM

    .
    With the way the Jets schedule is laid out, their home opener vs the Bengals is an elimination game. After that, I wouldn’t be betting the ranch on winning @ Kansas City, @Pittsburgh , @Buffalo, or @Arizona and I certainly wouldn’t be putting a home game vs Seattle in the win column just yet.
    .

  23. beachsidejames says: Sep 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    How many free govt. programs do we have for AA people before they finally shut up?

  24. newsletterczar says: Sep 7, 2016 10:40 AM

    If they can get to 3-3 they can be a playoff contender; if they start 1-5 then don’t turn on your radio in NY because the sports talk radio in the big apple is brutal.

  25. pioniere says: Sep 7, 2016 11:04 AM

    jetsfan136 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 10:08 AM

    Jets were only in a position to make the playoffs because Fitz led them to a 5-0 record before the Buffalo game. But let’s read a million more posts about that one….when his two backs were injured. Powell didn’t play and 6 carries for Ivory.

    ———————————–

    Yeah, that’s true. No other teams have had injuries to deal with.

  26. motsuret06 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:10 AM

    The Jets will implode this year right out of the gate and it will have nothing to with Fitzpatrick getting any better. The Jets are a laughable organization and nothing will change in the clown car parade until the Jets get serious about drafting a true franchise QB and not starting castoffs, scrubs, and stiffs from other team’s junk heaps. A half century after Joe Namath and they still have no franchise QB. How many ownership, coaching, and player changes does it take to get it right in NY????

  27. cubancigar10 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:10 AM

    Hey Bartender!!!! I’ll have what Fitz is drinking!!!

  28. nflgtcfl says: Sep 7, 2016 11:25 AM

    Confidence will wane when they start to realize they had a much weaker schedule last year.

  29. tylawspick6 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    The Jetsie players and fans don’t take into consideration when they have easy schedules like they had last year or when they eek out wins against awful teams like in 2010 when they barely beat Houston, Cleveland and Detroit at home in OT.

    LMAO

    They just couldn’t wait to beat their chests over it, and now we have to deal with primadonna Marshall ruining the once great Inside the NFL with lead dork, Adam Schein, too.

    Ugh.

    Jets will miss the playoffs again and still won’t understand why.

    1 step forward, 2 back = NJ Jetsies since man walked on the moon (1969)

  30. joetoronto says: Sep 7, 2016 11:43 AM

    The off season championship parade is this Saturday in Buffalo, all losers welcome.

  31. ridnaway says: Sep 7, 2016 11:52 AM

    Hold your ground! Hold your ground! Sons of Weeb Eubanks, of Willie Joe, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.

    A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. An hour of Bengal tigers and shattered helmets when the age of men comes crashing down. But it is not this day! This day we fight!!

    WHO DEY!

  32. mjd08501 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM

    jetsfan136 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 10:08 AM
    Jets were only in a position to make the playoffs because Fitz led them to a 5-0 record before the Buffalo game. But let’s read a million more posts about that one….when his two backs were injured. Powell didn’t play and 6 carries for Ivory.
    ____________________

    The Bills were missing 11 total starters between the offense and the defense that game. That is exactly half of the starters between offense and defense. And they still handled Fitz and the Jets. Just like they did in NJ earlier in the season. Any other excuses?

  33. blackbug99 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    Jets were only in a position to make the playoffs because Fitz led them to a 5-0 record before the Buffalo game. But let’s read a million more posts about that one….when his two backs were injured. Powell didn’t play and 6 carries for Ivory.
    …………………………………………………………………………..

    Okay, you win…You’re in-charge of excuses, Yay!!

  34. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 7, 2016 1:39 PM

    He’s not terrible.. and has some really good weapons around him. Weird they didn’t target TE.. or did i miss something?

  35. metlifeteardown says: Sep 7, 2016 1:44 PM

    The Jet haters sound a little scared this year. I guess they realize it took Pats 59 minutes to score offensive TD versus Jets and Broncos. I’m not counting the backward lateral TD.

  36. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 2:39 PM

    So he missed all the OTAs and Camp and this made him better? Well, knowing the Jets, he may have a point.

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