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.
In his postgame press conference following a 42-28 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that Fitzpatrick will start the Week 10 game against the Redskins, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Coming off a Week 9 performance in which he completed 24 of 40 passes for 243 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing five times for 23 yards, Fitzpatrick apparently showed enough to earn another start next week. The veteran quarterback was partly responsible for getting the Bucs into an early hole with a first-quarter interception in his own territory that led to the Panthers' first score of the day, but he did help Tampa make it a game in the second half by connecting with Adam Humphries and O.J. Howard for a pair of scores apiece. However, Fitzpatrick's second interception of the day with 3:45 remaining on an overthrow to DeSean Jackson essentially sealed the victory for Carolina. Fitzpatrick will remain a high-upside/high-risk play against Washington, although it bears noting the Redskins secondary allowed a 300-yard passing day to Matt Ryan in Week 9.
Fitzpatrick will start Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Fitzpatrick replaced Jameis Winston late in the third quarter of Sunday's 37-34 loss to Cincinnati, completing 11 of 15 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns while leading a late charge to tie the game. The 35-year-old previously won two of four starts to open the season, a stretch that included three consecutive outings with more than 400 passing yards. This could be a back-and-forth situation all season, as both quarterbacks have shown a tendency to put up points and yards while also making sloppy mistakes.
Fitzpatrick completed 11 of 15 attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 37-34 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed once for 18 yards.
Brought into the game after Jameis Winston's fourth interception of the afternoon was returned for a touchdown late in the third quarter, Fitzpatrick flashed some of the same type of play that made him an early-season sensation. The grizzled veteran led scoring marches of 68 and 88 yards in the fourth quarter, the second culminating in an 18-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Howard on fourth down with 1:10 remaining. Fitzpatrick then completed a subsequent two-point conversion pass to tie the score at 34-34. The game's end result was disappointing from a team perspective, however, so the spark Fitzpatrick provided the Buccaneers could be both a blessing and a curse for head coach Dirk Koetter. On the one hand, Tampa almost pulled off a miracle comeback, but he now has a quarterback controversy on his hands, albeit one that came about without the benefit of a victory. The Bucs' quarterback situation will naturally be one of the hotter topics around the league heading into Week 9 ahead of a divisional clash versus the Panthers.
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 Sunday's game against the Bears, but could be on a "short leash," Jay Glazer of Fox Sports said on the "Fox NFL Sunday" program.
Though Fitzpatrick looks poised to retain the starting gig even with Jameis Winston returning from a three-game suspension, it's worth noting that Fitzpatrick had a rough first half in Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Coach Dirk Koetter contemplated bringing in Ryan Griffin for him for the second half, but ultimately stuck with Fitzpatrick, who nearly engineered a comeback win. If Fitzpatrick struggles again early in Week 4, the Buccaneers will now have a better option on hand than Griffin to replace him.
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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