Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t turn the ball over until the very end of Sunday’s game, but his late fumble was the final nail in the team’s coffin in a 22-17 loss to the Patriots.
Before Chris Long stripped the ball from him, Fitzpatrick had turned in one of his best performances of the season. He ended the game 22-of-32 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, which supported coach Todd Bowles’ assertion that Fitzpatrick gave the team their best chance to win in Week 12.
Bowles wouldn’t say whether Fitzpatrick would be back in the lineup for Week 13, however.
“I’ll evaluate everything this week going forward,” Bowles said, via NJ.com. “I’m not going to make a decision today, or a rash decision one way or another. … For the most part, he was efficient. He didn’t turn the ball over until the very end. Offensively, we moved the ball. We just need to find more ways to score one more touchdown than they did.”
The Jets aren’t making the playoffs this season, which makes giving Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg time in the offense an appealing prospect because they are both under contract for next season. We’ll find out in the coming days if it is appealing enough for the team to put Fitzpatrick on the bench.