Bucs bring in Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Buccaneers lost their veteran backup quarterback to Chicago via free agency. They’ve finally added one.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs have added veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 34-year-old Harvard graduate spent the past two seasons with the Jets, after stops in Tennessee, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and St. Louis.

A 16-game starter in three of his NFL seasons, Fitzpatrick had his best performance in 2015, his first year with the Jets. A contract impasse caused him to miss the offseason program, and possibly contributed to a subpar 2016, with a major reduction in his performance — and a 5-11 season.

Fitzpatrick becomes the primary backup to Jameis Winston, and possibly a mentor to the third-year player as he tries to become a full-blown franchise quarterback.

58 responses to “Bucs bring in Ryan Fitzpatrick

  1. As a close friend of the organization Fitz must understand his role is to clipboard, not to compete with and/or belittle Jameis in the media after rough games

  2. This is basically the first time I have heard Fitz’s name this offseason… yet there has not been clamoring about why he doesn’t have job, blah blah blah… like there has been for Kaepernick. I see the two as relative equals. Get over it PFT, there is no conspiracy about Kap!

  3. WAIT ONE MINUTE! Just yesterday the genius Tony Dungy said teams were only signing starting quarterbacks. That’s why nobody wants Kaepernick.

    Tony Dungy: Least Worthy Hall of Famer since Joe Namath.

  4. possibly contributed to a subpar 2016
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    Nah, he’s just subpar…that’s his par.

  5. That puts two Harvard grads on the Bucs roster with Fitz and TE Cam Brate. Much needed move. He is cspable of filling in for a few games for sure.

  6. as.a.friend.of.a.friend.of.the.Org.this.a.a.good.move….and.as.a.friend.of.a.friend.of.Kap.he’s.gonna.play.in.CFL.for.the.JoeToronto’s…

  7. Smart move by the Bucs. Similar to division rival Carolina where the obvious starter is backed up by a skilled vet with years of starting experience, and, who is happy to be there.

  8. The guy threw NINE interceptions in a two game span last year as a NY Jet. NINE!!! He was benched in favor of Geno Smith during the season. Need I say more?

    Why would you want that to be your young QB’s mentor??

  9. I know the team needs a better backup QB and Fitzpatrick is actually a decent choice, but, when I saw the headline, I just reflexively yelled “NOOOOOO”. Please stay healthy, Jameis.

  10. Good move. Let’s face it, Jameis has proven pretty durable, so Fitzy probably will never see the field. BUT, if the worst happens, he seems to play pretty well in short, two or three game spurts.

  11. I wasn’t buying Kap being blackballed but after seeing this I am I’m starting to be a buyer in the theory. Kap is a much better QB than Fitz and as a 9er fan from NJ Ive seen enough of each QB to know.

  12. Good pickup. Interesting that both QBs though struggled with locking into their big play WRs and forcing the ball in- Fitzy with Marshall and Winston with Evans.

  13. For those asking “Why not Kaep?” the answer is pretty simple: The Bucs don’t run a spread offense.

    It’s a pretty traditional pro-style offense with a lot of play action and deep throws. This wouldn’t suit Kaep very well.

    I think Kaep’s best bet is still Seattle.

  14. “as he tries to become a full-blown franchise quarterback.”
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    Anyone still doubting Winston and/or Mariota doesn’t really understand what a franchise quarterback is.

    Just ask any of the teams without franchise quarterbacks if would sign either of these guys long term if they were free agents today. The answer is yes, every time.

    Reminder: the Texans threw $76 million at Brock Osweiler after 8 starts.

  15. This mentor stuff is overblown. For a Harvard guy, Fitzpatrick doesn’t play smart and will throw into coverage. With that being said, he’s a gamer with underated mobility, who can effectively lead an offense in spurts. Bucs need a veteran backup. It’s a reasonable acquisition. Two years ago, Fitzpatrick broke jets passing records. When he had a healthy Marshall and Decker. The Bucs have legit weapons to throw to if Fitz has to play.

  16. Like all things in America, the term “franchise QB” has been dulled over time (mostly by lawyers / agents….. and GMs seeking to justify keeping their jobs.
    A franchise QB SHOULD be a quarterback that wins at least one superbowl and has his team in the playoffs consistantly
    Today however it simply means a guy who wins more often than not

    Winston will never win a title

  17. for those whining about kaep, get it through your head. He wants a chance to be the starter. he isnt going to get it in tampa. the bucs do not need someone sitting behind winston clamouring for playing time and undermining him and not supporting him in film study.
    its more than just talent people.

  18. His performance on the field isn’t always up to par, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is a consummate professional who has worked through a number of NFL offenses, and will be an excellent edition to that Quarterback Room.

  19. I’m fine with Kappy being blackballed if indeed that is the case. If he played for the Bills I would ignore them until he was gone. I believe in the right to protest, but I cannot support anyone who disrespects the American flag and all it stands for.

  20. Must be nice to be a QB white in the NFL! Because you can be a failure for 13 years of a 14-year career and still get a job in the NFL…… Un-freak in believable…………

  21. joeychittwood says:
    May 19, 2017 1:20 PM
    Like all things in America, the term “franchise QB” has been dulled over time (mostly by lawyers / agents….. and GMs seeking to justify keeping their jobs.
    A franchise QB SHOULD be a quarterback that wins at least one superbowl and has his team in the playoffs consistantly
    Today however it simply means a guy who wins more often than not

    Winston will never win a title

    3 9

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    Winston already won a title in college

  22. joeychittwood says:
    May 19, 2017 1:20 PM
    Like all things in America, the term “franchise QB” has been dulled over time (mostly by lawyers / agents….. and GMs seeking to justify keeping their jobs.
    A franchise QB SHOULD be a quarterback that wins at least one superbowl and has his team in the playoffs consistantly
    Today however it simply means a guy who wins more often than not

    Winston will never win a title

    3 9

    —-

    Winston already won a title in college

  23. Wait. Isn’t this the same guy who didn’t want to play last year as a starter because the truckload of money offered was beneath him? Now he wants to be a backup? He stunk too. Now you good fans are singing his arrival like you’ve bamboozled the league.

  24. He’s had a couple brief modicums of success, but trust me when I say, if this guy has to be called upon, you’re screwed.
    They don’t call him Pickzpatrick for nothing.

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