Ryan Fitzpatrick

#14 QB / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 223 lb Age: 34 College: Harvard Bye 1

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  • Fitzpatrick will make another start Week 12 in Atlanta, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Jameis Winston (shoulder) was re-evaluated Monday and ruled out for at least one more game. The Bucs don't have much incentive to rush their franchise quarterback back into action, as the team isn't really in the playoff picture even after Fitzpatrick engineered victories the past two weeks. He was impressive in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins, completing 22 of 37 passes for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers against a lifeless defense. Fitzpatrick likely will face more of a challenge in Week 12 against an Atlanta team that still has playoff hopes.

  • Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 37 passes for 275 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing three times for nine yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Dolphins. Starting his second game in a Buccaneers uniform, Fitzpatrick looked much more like the quarterback that's enjoyed intermittent success as a starter in the league over the last decade, averaging a respectable 7.4 yards per attempt and connecting with nine different pass catchers on the afternoon. He enjoyed relatively strong protection as well, getting taken down just once on his 37 dropbacks. The 13-year veteran was able to cash in a pair of short drives with second-quarter touchdown passes to O.J. Howard and DeSean Jackson, respectively. He then led a pivotal nine-play, 58-yard march late in the fourth quarter to set up Patrick Murray's game-winning 35-yard field goal. Jameis Winston's (shoulder) status for a Week 12 divisional showdown with the Falcons will be determined at some point during the practice week, at which point Fitzpatrick will learn whether he'll have a chance to build on Sunday's successful effort.

  • Fitzpatrick will start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This merely confirms what Jameis Winston (shoulder) hinted at Wednesday when he said he'd be shut down from football activities for at least two weeks while rehabbing his AC joint sprain and rear deltoid injury. There's still some chance he'll require surgery or a prolonged period of rest, in which case Fitzpatrick would take over as the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The 34-year-old was competent as a mid-game replacement against the Cardinals in Week 6 and Saints in Week 9, but he struggled as the starter in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets, completing 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Buccaneers at least will get Mike Evans back from suspension for Sunday's matchup with a soft Miami pass defense.

  • Fitzpatrick completed 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets. He also rushed three times for nine yards and notched a two-point conversion rush. The veteran signal caller didn't exactly make it look pretty, but he did enough to help the Buccaneers snap a five-game losing streak. Fitzpatrick sustained some long drives, leading marches of 17, nine and seven plays that all culminated in field goals. He then embarked on a 15-play, 81-yard possession that he capped off with a six-yard touchdown throw to Charles Sims and ran in the ensuing two-point conversion. Fitzpatrick's totals won't exactly thrill fantasy owners who took a chance on him in Week 10, but he could find himself in a potentially better matchup against the Dolphins in a Week 11 road clash.

  • Fitzpatrick will be the Buccaneers' starting quarterback during Jameis Winston's (shoulder) upcoming absence, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. During Sunday's loss at New Orleans, Fitzpatrick played another lengthy stretch in place of Winston, who was ruled out at halftime. An MRI revealed Winston has damage in his right throwing shoulder in addition to the sprained AC joint. With at least two weeks of rehab prescribed for Winston, Fitzpatrick will be under center from the outset of Sunday's matchup against his previous squad, the Jets.

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