Winston suspension pushes Ryan Fitzpatrick back into spotlight

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With the news that quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended the first three games of the regular season for violating the personal conduct policy, the Buccaneers’ decision to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like a wise one.

The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal in March to give them some veteran stability, and now he’ll start the first three games of the regular season.

As noted by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Fitzpatrick played efficiently last year when Winston was out with a shoulder injury, going 2-1 in the three games he started.

He’s not the flashiest quarterback in the league, but he was careful with the ball last year, throwing just one interception in the 115 passes he attempted.

Of course, he led them to wins over the Dolphins and Jets, and the schedule is much tougher this year, with the Bucs’ first three games against the Saints, Eagles, and Steelers.

He won’t even be close to the oldest Bucs opening day starting quarterback, either. Brad Johnson was a day short of his 36th birthday in 2004, Jeff Garcia was 38 in 2008, and Steve DeBerg was 39 in 1993.

The suspension also moves Ryan Griffin up a chair, and he’ll back up Fitzpatrick. The 28-year-old has never thrown an NFL pass.

22 responses to “Winston suspension pushes Ryan Fitzpatrick back into spotlight

  1. Does Trump have the power to commute Winston’s sentence? I think 3 games is pretty harsh.

  2. So what is the NFL going to do about Ronald Darby….Winston’s “enabler” and chief “voyeur” who likes to film his homeys exploits….?

  3. He joins Sam Bradford and Joe Flacco in making the absolute most money out of a rather small amount of production.

  4. The Bucs better really look at that waiver wire or swing a trade for a back-up. They better also start scouting out top -tier QB’s comming out of the draft because,in my opinion, Jameis Winston needs to be replaced as the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Let’s move on with a new QB..a NEW Head coach and a NEW General Manager.

  5. Fitzpatrick – “Thats a nice starting quarterback ya got there. *tapping baseball bat against hand* shame if somethin were to happen to it?”

    Seriously. Every QB this guy plays behind is doomed to be injured, suspended or benched.

  6. Ran into Fitzy at The Super Bowl Experience expecting him to be smallish, he is not. A legit 6’2 1/2″ and thick. Stronger Arm than you think too. It was funny to see him give Rich Gannon a hard time during the flag football celebrity game.

  7. The Beard that Wouldn’t Die – If I’m a starting QB and my team signs Fitz as my backup, I’d be worried.

  8. The Bucs will be starting 0-3 to start the season. Jameis Winston once again has let the Bucs down BIg Time. Given that I am sure the Bucs knew this suspension would be coming and given Winston’s previous rape accusations and off the field incidents, I am wondering why they didn’t just draft a QB as Winston has proven he isnt dependable and hasnt grown much as a QB since his rookie season despite all of the weapons he has around him. There were a few QB’s in this draft who will be better pro’s than Winston is. If I were Tampa’s GM i’d of traded Winston for a 1st round pick to some team and used the 7th overall pick in the draft on QB Josh Rosen, Winston just isnt mature enough to be an NFL QB and isnt showing growth as a QB. He also doesnt appear to be a good human being if all these rape/groping accusations are actually true.

  9. It’s astounding how Fitz keeps falling into starting roles. We need to check if he has some Tonya Harding-style side business going on…

  10. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    June 22, 2018 at 8:16 am
    Fitzpatrick – “Thats a nice starting quarterback ya got there. *tapping baseball bat against hand* shame if somethin were to happen to it?”

    Seriously. Every QB this guy plays behind is doomed to be injured, suspended or benched.

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    Comment of the day. It’s like he learned some algorithm when he was at Harvard on how to predict which teams are most likely to lose their starting QB in the upcoming season, and then uses that to gauge where to go in free agency.

  11. An interesting conundrum for the Bucs: Suppose Fitz goes 3-0/2-1 while Winston is suspended, 4-0/3-1 after the game Winston comes back. Do the Bucs bench Fitz and go back to Winston? If the above scenario plays out and they go back to Winston, how short of a leash is he on before they bench him again?

  12. mmmpierogi says:
    June 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    It’s like he learned some algorithm when he was at Harvard on how to predict which teams are most likely to lose their starting QB in the upcoming season, and then uses that to gauge where to go in free agency.
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    That’s a pretty simple algorithm. The answer is always “Minnesota Vikings.”

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