Ryan Fitzpatrick ready to reprise a familiar role

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Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s son Brady went as a familiar character for Halloween, dressing as his father.

But he wasn’t wearing a helmet and shoulder pads, going for his dad’s famous postgame look when he borrowed DeSean Jackson‘s jcaket and jewelry

“I thought he did a nice job,” Fitzpatrick said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “My wife decided to take a brown marker and pencil in some chest hair on him, which I thought was a nice touch. He enjoyed it. He had some swag while he was walking around.”

Likewise, his dad has his starting swag back this week, getting another chance after Jameis Winston‘s recent run of interceptions. But Fitzpatrick has been around long enough to know that every job in the NFL is an interim job.

“I mean you never know and what I’ve learned is that you’ve always got to stay ready,” Fitzpatrick said. “You’ve got to take advantage of your opportunities when you get them because the biggest thing about the NFL is that it’s a performance-based league and you have to go out there and perform and if you don’t, there are other guys that will be able to. So that’s something I’ve learned and been on both sides of it plenty in my career. But it’s something I know I’ve always got to be ready regardless of the circumstance.”

Fitzpatrick led the Bucs back impressively last week, erasing an 18-point deficit to the Bengals before the eventually lost 37-34. And he’s had his moments this year, winning the first two NFC offensive player of the week awards this year, and throwing for 400 yards the first three weeks before eventually regressing.

But thanks to Winston’s regression, he’s got another chance — to win some games and inspire future Halloween costumes.

8 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick ready to reprise a familiar role

  1. Thru 48 career NFL starts: attempts in ( )

    Jameis: 74 TDs, 52 INTs, 12,672 yards (1672)
    Favre: 75 TDs, 54 INTs, 10,802 (1635)
    Peyton: 85 TDs, 58 INTs, 12,287 (1679)
    Eli: 68 TDs, 55 INTs, 9,803 (1550)
    Elway: 58 TDs, 56 INTs, 9,681 (1463)
    Marino: 111 TDs, 56 INTs, 13,274 (1645)

  2. Great for 2-3 game stretch. Inexplicably terrible for 2-3 games. Back to great again for 2 games, then bad for 2. Then good & bad every other game. That’s RF’s career in a nutshell.

  3. Fitzpatrick is the modern day version of Don Strock. He’s as good a backup QB as there is in the league, and when he gets a chance to start for a short stretch, he often plays very well. However, defensive coordinators normally catch up to him after a few games and make adjustments geared to slow him down.

    That said, Fitzpatrick has made the most of what scouts see as limited, marginal talent. There are few QBs who play their college ball at Harvard and then go on to a 14 year career in the NFL, and I give him a lot of credit for that. He reminds me of Gus Frerotte, who had a very similar career coming out of a smaller college. It’s really hard to root against Fitz.

  4. enoughsaidtb2002 says:
    November 2, 2018 at 7:22 am
    Thru 48 career NFL starts: attempts in ( )

    Jameis: 74 TDs, 52 INTs, 12,672 yards (1672)
    Favre: 75 TDs, 54 INTs, 10,802 (1635)
    Peyton: 85 TDs, 58 INTs, 12,287 (1679)
    Eli: 68 TDs, 55 INTs, 9,803 (1550)
    Elway: 58 TDs, 56 INTs, 9,681 (1463)
    Marino: 111 TDs, 56 INTs, 13,274 (1645)

    ******

    I don’t have the seasonal numbers in front of me (nor do I have the energy to look them up) but with those QBs I bet you’d probably find some progress from years one through four. Jameis seems every bit as bad with the interceptions now as he was his very first week.

    That said, I STILL think he’ll eventually be a great QB. But in a sad repeat of Buccaneer history, it probably won’t be in Tampa.

  5. Winston stinks, and Fitz has proven to not be terrible. Blow up the QB situation and begin anew.

  6. Those other QBs did not constantly throw ints to defenders that are right in front of him… Nor did they fumble constantly…

    Those others also came out of college no where near as Pro-ready as those of today so that comparison is WEAK!

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