Coach Brian Flores said Sunday that he still isn't sure whether Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen will get the Week 1 start, Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald reports. "This could go either way," Flores said. "... I think they're both working hard, both have leadership, both have done a lot of good things. This will be a hard decision for the staff."
Flores admits the decision become more difficult after Rosen led a 99-yard touchdown drive in Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville. Fitzpatrick completed 12 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in the contest, but he struggled throughout the first quarter when the Jaguars had most of their key defensive players on the field. He'll face a tough task to keep his job if he gets the Week 1 start, with the Dolphins opening their campaign against the Ravens, Patriots, Cowboys and Chargers, in that order.
Coach Brian Flores said Friday that deciding the Dolphins' starting quarterback for Week 1 became "harder" after the team's third preseason game, Alain Poupart of the team's official site reports.
Fitzpatrick started Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars, completing 12 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. The veteran signal-caller struggled to move the offense during the first half, but he rallied to produce a touchdown drive in the third quarter capped by an 8-yard pass to Mark Walton. Josh Rosen then entered and compiled a 99-yard touchdown drive of his own, which featured a number of impressive scrambles and throws, including a 39-yard connection to Isaiah Ford. Fitzpatrick has maintained a steady course for the Week 1 gig since minicamp and may remain the favorite for the job, but it's not difficult to imagine a scenario in which Rosen lines up under center early in the regular season.
Fitzpatrick completed 12 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in a little more than a half of work during Thursday's 22-7 win over Jacksonville.
The final tally looks solid, but there was a point early in the second half in which Miami had more penalty yards than offensive yards. The poor first-half play led Fitzpatrick to return for the opening drive of the second half during which he connected with Nick O'Leary for a catch and run of 30 yards, found Mike Gesicki downfield for a gain of 29, and then dropped it off to Mark Walton for an eight-yard score. Excitement for that final drive will need to be tempered as it came against reserves. Fitzpatrick probably didn't do enough Thursday to garner too much confidence as the Week 1 starter, especially with Josh Rosen making some big throws in relief, but the veteran has been tracking toward a Week 1 start for months now and Thursday seemed to maintain the status quo.
Coach Brian Flores clarified that Fitzpatrick starting the third preseason game does not mean he will start Week 1, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
The Dolphins have split first-team reps between Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, with the latter getting the start in Friday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay. Both quarterbacks have struggled through two exhibition games, seemingly leaving the competition up for grabs. Fitzpatrick is expected to get the start Thursday against Jacksonville, likely playing into the second or third quarter before he's replaced by Rosen.
Fitzpatrick completed three of nine passes for 20 yards during Friday's 16-14 loss to Tampa Bay. He added a two-yard run during the contest.
Fitzpatrick, though listed atop the depth chart, didn't get involved until after half time as Miami let Josh Rosen lead the charge early. The results were rough, with the Dolphins punting on all three of Fitzpatrick's drives. It isn't as if Rosen set the world on fire either, leading Miami to two field goals on six drives. Miami is in a position in which it is evaluating its future at the position. Fitzpatrick has obviously done enough in the offseason to earn his spot at the top of the depth chart. He didn't do anything Friday to widen the gap Friday, but at the same time, Rosen did little to close it.
Fitzpatrick is in line to play with Miami's first-team offense in Thursday night's preseason opener versus the Falcons, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
With Fitzpatrick slated to start the contest, Josh Rosen is in line to work with the second team Thursday. The assignment is indicative of the fact that Fitzpatrick remains atop the Dolphins' QB depth chart at this stage, but that status is not set in stone, with the competition between him and Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, ongoing.
Fitzpatrick is listed ahead of Josh Rosen on the Dolphins' first preseason depth chart, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Miami beat writers have reported Fitzpatrick as the favorite for the Week 1 job all offseason, so it's no surprise to see the 36-year-old veteran atop the team's initial depth chart. Rosen picked up momentum last week and progressed towards closing the gap, according to Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, but by all accounts would need to come out on fire in the preseason in order to usurp Fitzpatrick for the Week 1 gig. Regardless of which quarterback starts the season opener, it's probable that the rebuilding Dolphins will elect to hand Rosen the reigns at some point in 2019 in order to evaluate the 22-year-old's potential.
Coach Brian Flores puts Fitzpatrick ahead of Josh Rosen so far, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. "From a quarterback standpoint, it's pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way," Flores said Tuesday.
The coach's analysis is consistent with reports from Miami beat writers dating back to the offseason program. Rosen still has time to build his case and will likely make starts at some point anyway, but Fitzpatrick is emerging as a clear favorite for the Week 1 gig.
Fitzpatrick took the Dolphins' first QB snap of training camp, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Fitzpatrick also handled most of the reps with the starters throughout the offseason program, though Josh Rosen got his chances. The quarterback battle will continue in the coming weeks, and there's a good chance both players make starts during the upcoming season.
Fitzpatrick continues to receive most of the first-team snaps at OTAs, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
The rebuilding Dolphins have every incentive to take a look at Josh Rosen this upcoming season, but that doesn't mean they'll hand him the Week 1 starting job. That said, Fitzpatrick's early advantage in non-contact spring practices doesn't carry a lot of weight. The real test will come in August during training-camp practices and preseason games.
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 acquired Josh Rosen to compete with Fitzpatrick for the starting quarterback job, Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Fitzpatrick would have a huge advantage if 2018 performance were the primary deciding factor, but that's unlikely to be the case with Miami committed to a rebuild under new coach Brian Flores. Be it Week 1 or later in the season, Rosen is a lock to make starts at some point in 2019 for the undermanned Dolphins. It's a situation that should be conducive to passing volume more so than efficiency, as the roster doesn't have any clear strengths besides the defensive backfield.
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.
Coach Dirk Koetter has made a decision on his starter for Week 12 against the 49ers, but he won't reveal it to the media until he talks with Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Winston replaced Fitzpatrick during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants, leading three consecutive touchdown drives to cut the deficit to three points. Koetter has gone back-and-forth throughout the season, as both quarterbacks have been prone to turnovers while also piling up yards with ease. It won't come as any surprise if Koetter turns back to the 24-year-old Winston after watching Fitzpatrick toss seven interceptions the past three weeks.
Fitzpatrick was pulled from Sunday's road game versus the Giants in favor of Jameis Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Fitzpatrick lasted just six offensive plays into the second half, opening it with a interception that was returned for a touchdown before tossing another less than five minutes later. He finished the day 13 of 21 for 167 yards, no touchdowns and three picks, while racking up four rushes for 14 yards and one TD. Winston is expected to play out the rest of the contest, barring injury.
Fitzpatrick will keep the Bucs' starting quarterback job for Week 11 against the Giants, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fitzpatrick threw for 406 yards at a clip of 9.9 per attempt in Sunday's 16-3 home loss to the Redskins, but his trio of turnovers combined with a poor kicking performance from Chandler Catanzaro led to an absurd disparity between the Bucs' totals for yards (501) and points (three). The team seems to have the same problem on offense regardless of which quarterback it uses, combining an unusual mix of chunk gains and turnovers. Fitzpatrick may lose the starting job back to Jameis Winston if he doesn't bounce back with a more consistent performance in a Week 11 road matchup with the soft Giants defense.
Fitzpatrick completed 29 of 41 passes for 406 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 16-3 loss to Washington. He added 35 yards and a fumble on the ground on eight carries.
Tampa Bay ended Sunday with 501 total yards, nearly double Washington's tally, but they still ended up losing by two scores. How? Four turnovers, three by Fitzpatrick, is a good place to start. Fitzpatrick pushed the ball upfield on Sunday, the precise formula that has served him well this season, but it just didn't work out Sunday. He tried fitting a tight pass into the end zone to Shaun Wilson during the game's opening drive, only to have it picked off by a diving Josh Norman. After Washington broke through for the game's first touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick and Tampa Bay imploded with a Fitzpatrick interception, Jacquizz Rodgers fumble, and a Fitzpatrick fumble on the ensuing three drives. Fitzpatrick has topped 400 yards passing in four of six starts this season, but the Buccaneers' aggressive approach can be a blessing and a curse that fantasy owners have to learn to deal with. Next Sunday brings a trip to a middle-of-the-road Giants pass defense.
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|2016||New York Jets||14||11||33||130||3.9||14||0||0||7|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||3||15||78||5.2||15||0||0||5|
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