Fitzpatrick will return to a backup role when the Buccaneers return from their bye for a Week 6 game in Atlanta, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Fitzpatrick owns an impressive stat line through four games, but he predictably trailed off the past two weeks with a three-pick game against the Steelers and a complete dud against the Bears. He did well to get the team to 2-2 against a tough early schedule, giving Jameis Winston a shot to keep Tampa Bay in the playoff picture. Winston will have an impressive group of pass catchers at his disposal, though O.J. Howard (knee) may not be ready for Week 6.
Fitzpatrick was replaced by Jameis Winston during the third quarter of Sunday's contest at Chicago, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. After leading the Bucs to just three points on six possessions in the first half, Fitzpatrick was pulled by coach Dirk Koetter. It appears the Fitzmagic era may be over, especially if Winston fares well in his half of work in what turned into a blowout.
Fitzpatrick is listed as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Bears. It's no surprise that Fitzpatrick will retain the starting gig after multiple reports surfaced earlier in the week suggesting the Buccaneers would proceed with the status quo even with Jameis Winston returning from suspension. Though Fitzpatrick leads all NFL passers with 11.1 yards per attempt, he showed some flaws as a decision maker in the first half of Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers, tossing three second-quarter interceptions before rallying in the second half. Because of Fitzpatrick's occasional turnover-prone ways, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports suggested earlier Sunday that the 35-year-old could have a "short leash" if he falters early on in Week 4.
Fitzpatrick is expected to start at quarterback for the Buccaneers in Sunday's game against the Bears, according to league sources, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Fitzpatrick's long-term fantasy outlook still appears murky with Jameis Winston returning from a three-game suspension Sunday, but the 35-year-old seems to have earned himself at least one more start in light of his dominant play and the fact the Buccaneers are playing on a short week. He took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense during practice leading up to Week 4 and will apparently start despite the Buccaneers having yet to make the announcement official.
Fitzpatrick took most of the snaps at Wednesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It's yet another sign pointing to Fitzpatrick retaining the starting job while Jameis Winston makes his return from a three-game suspension. The Buccaneers haven't made an official announcement, but it could happen as soon as Wednesday evening. Tampa Bay draws a tough Week 4 road matchup in Chicago on Sunday.
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