Ron Rivera: Ryan Fitzpatrick picks things up very quickly


Ryan Fitzpatrick has been around the block a few times.

Now on his ninth team after entering the league as a seventh-round pick out of Harvard, Fitzpatrick has learned plenty of offenses in his career. As he goes into his first year with Washington, his head coach feels good about the veteran’s progress early on in OTAs.

“He picks things up very quickly and he handled himself very nicely,” Ron Rivera said, via Ben Standig of “I think the guys have already started to draw towards him in terms of being comfortable and understanding how he does things and how it fits our structure. That is one of the really cool things is that he can come in and assimilate very quickly.”

Fitzpatrick said himself that this time in the spring is important to establish chemistry with his new receivers like Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. With those kinds of weapons plus a strong defense around him, Fitzpatrick has a chance to lead a team to the playoffs for the first time in his career.

8 responses to “Ron Rivera: Ryan Fitzpatrick picks things up very quickly

  1. I’ve always liked Fitz. He’s an easy guy to root for. I think he’ll do well in Washington and he has a nasty defense backing him up. If they get the good version of Fitz they could make some noise in the NFC.

  2. I love FitzMagic, but there’s a reason he’s been on 9 different teams. If he can’t take the WFT to the playoffs in this disaster of a division, then he never will.

  3. Fitzpatrick usually does well when no one expects anything from him. Seasons where there are expectations is when he stinks..hope this won’t be the case this season.

  4. He also throws things away very quickly too as you will find out. This cat isn’t going to change his spots now.

  5. Tampa sure screwed up not letting him finish the season… Fitz fit well in that system and had them rolling at the beginning of that season!

  6. As long as we dont expect him to win the game for us week in and week out I think he can perform at a high level. When asked to do much he can either be hot and deliver, but can also go ice cold, like he’s either throwing 4TD or 4INTs. With our D and running attack I think this could be the place he finally achieves his potential, takes them deep into the postseason.

  7. Of all the QBs of his age, none have managed to parlay a handful of good seasons into a lengthy career of short contracts. Using that Harvard education, I guess.

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