Fitzpatrick took first-team reps at quarterback during OTAs on Tuesday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. While the Dolphins acquired young quarterback Josh Rosen via trade during the draft, Fitzpatrick is going to get every chance to compete with the youngster. There's no word yet if Fitzpatrick is the favorite, or if Tuesday's gesture was made due to the fact that he's the more tenured competitor. Even if Fitzpatrick does end up winning the job for Week 1, he may not hold onto it for long, as Miami may want to see what it has with its young quarterback on a roster going through a rebuild.
The Dolphins signed Fitzpatrick on Sunday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. After cutting ties with Ryan Tannehiil on Friday, Miami was in the market for a placeholder at quarterback, and Fitzpatrick fits the bill. Between 2017 and 2018 with the Buccaneers, Fitzpatrick ably filled in for a struggling or injured Jameis Winston, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,469 yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 14 games (10 starts). Fitzpatrick will be entering his age-37 season in the fall, and whether or not he'll be mentoring a young signal-caller will be known after the upcoming draft.
Fitzpatrick completed 164 of 246 passes (66.7 percent) for 2,366 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions across eight games during the 2018 season. He also rushed 36 times for 152 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and two more scores. The 36-year-old had an interesting campaign, to say the least. Plugged in as the starter for the first three games of the season while Jameis Winston served a suspension, all Fitzpatrick did was set the NFL on its ear with three straight 400-yard performances and an 11:4 TD:INT. That trio of stellar outings afforded the veteran the right to a fourth straight start against the Bears in Week 4, despite Winston's active status, but Fitzpatrick lasted just one half in which he completed nine of his 18 attempts for 126 yards and an interception before getting the hook. The roles were reversed Week 8 when Winston faltered, with Fitzpatrick nearly leading a miraculous second-half comeback against the Bengals with two touchdown throws. That performance yielded him two more starting assignments, one which led to his fourth 400-yard outing of the season, but a three-interception first half Week 11 against the Giants sent Fitz to the bench for good. He was then inactive for the final two games of the season while Ryan Griffin assumed backup duties behind Winston, although that was framed as nudging Griffin closer to his first taste of regular-season action. Fitzpatrick played on a one-year, $3.3 million deal in 2018, so his future for next season remains firmly up in the air, especially with a new coaching staff on the horizon in Tampa.
Fitzpatrick (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Cowboys, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The veteran will cede primary backup duties behind Jameis Winston to Ryan Griffin, who's yet to throw a regular-season pass in five-plus NFL campaigns. With the Buccaneers out of postseason contention, Fitzpatrick could well be relegated to the same status Week 17 as coach Dirk Koetter potentially looks to give Griffin his first taste of regular-season action in the finale versus the Falcons.
Jameis Winston will replace Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback for Week 12 against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Fitzpatrick was intercepted seven times the past three weeks, eventually getting benched in the second half of Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants. It won't come as any surprise if we see him again before the end of the season, as Winston has proven equally susceptible to turnovers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|4||09/29||Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|9||11/03||New York Jets||27||22.38|
|14||12/08||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|15||12/15||@New York Giants||13||18.75|
|17||12/29||@New England Patriots||18||19.95|
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