Ryan Fitzpatrick says he stopped taking reps in practice to help Tua Tagovailoa, Reid Sinnett

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When the Miami Dolphins made their change at quarterback last seasons to give Tua Tagovailoa the reins coming out of their bye last October, Ryan Fitzpatrick totally took a backseat in hopes of bolstering the team’s rookie starter.

In the ESPN Daily podcast with Pablo Torre, Fitzpatrick said he basically didn’t take any reps in practice against a defense for weeks at a time to give Tagovailoa and fellow rookie backup Reid Sinnett the chance to get all the reps possible to help them improve.

“I stayed mentally sharp and ready and was still running, but I did not really throw football during practice, especially during like a practice setting against the defense,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I was fully in to helping Tua. And at the same time, I wanted this young guy, who otherwise would get zero reps throughout the year {as a third-string quarterback], to have an opportunity because I was in his shoes once. I sat there as a third- and fourth-string guy and just watched and watched and watched and never had any opportunity to get better. I saw it as a way to help Reid [Sinnett]. I saw it as a way for me to give extra help to Tua. And I also saw it as a way to prove to myself that I could come out of the stands five years from now and still play this game.”

Fitzpatrick didn’t have to wait five years to come off the bench and show he’s still got it. He returned to the starting role for a week after Tagovailoa injured his thumb in a November practice. He would also come off the bench in a game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 16 that included a desperation Hail Mary that, coupled with a 15-yard facemask penalty, led to a 44-yard Jason Sanders field goal to earn a 26-25 victory.

“It was such a cool play. It was an amazing moment,” Fitzpatrick said.

11 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick says he stopped taking reps in practice to help Tua Tagovailoa, Reid Sinnett

  1. There have been eight (8) NFL teams that don’t believe Ryan Fitzpatrick ever had it as an NFL starter. Now at 38 years old he believes himself to be a viable NFL starter at quarterback. Ryan should have thrown the football more during practice to prove with performance during regular season games that he’s a starting quarterback. Tua as a rookie starter without receivers who could create separation was 6 and 3. Let’s see if Fitzpatrick can lead the Washington Football Team to a winning season.

  2. I used to think that Fitzpatrick was one of the good guys. Last season when Tua replaced him and he expressed to the media that “my heart is broken” and the tone he expressed it made me lose some respect for him. This season so far all he can do is talk about himself over and over again. He be replaced again this season after he has one of his stellar 5 interception games. Book it.

  3. I thought the Dolphins were on the right track to make the team a Superbowl contender but after watching Tua struggle to just get the offense a first down when they made him the starter shows me they made the wrong choice for their QB of the future. The Dolphins will bench Tua halfway through the season after he spends most of the season at the bottom of the stat charts. He might have been awesome at Bama but he had a team full of NFL starters playing against teams that were lucky if they had one or two players drafted.

  4. Funny how all of the Tua fans are touting how good he is and downing Fitz. Tua BTW is a bust and will show it this year without others there to bail him out. Hope you all enjoy it.

  5. ustmyopinion says:
    July 20, 2021 at 8:59 am
    I used to think that Fitzpatrick was one of the good guys. Last season when Tua replaced him and he expressed to the media that “my heart is broken” and the tone he expressed it made me lose some respect for him. This season so far all he can do is talk about himself over and over again. He be replaced again this season after he has one of his stellar 5 interception games. Book it.

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    You will be wishing he was in Miami when Tua folds like a noodle when the going gets tough. Fitz won’t be there to bail him out when they decide he needs to have a made up injury.

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