Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
6 days ago

Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 33 passes for 402 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 27-21 win over the Eagles on Sunday. He also lost a yard on his sole rush.

EDGE Analysis

It's hard to say when Fitzpatrick's late-career Cinderella story might end, but presently, there incredibly doesn't appear to be a debate about how should be the Buccaneers' starting quarterback when Jameis Winston returns from suspension in Week 4. Fitzpatrick pout together his second consecutive 400-yard game to open the campaign, with a pair of 75-yard touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard responsible for a huge chunk of his total. In all, Fitzpatrick hit four different pass catchers for scores, as Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also got into the end zone. The veteran journeyman's early-season exploits have the Tampa offense humming at a record pace and multiple members of the team's aerial attack offering excellent fantasy returns. Fitzpatrick will see if he has a third straight stellar effort in him when the Bucs face off with the Steelers in a Week 3 Monday night showdown.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
2 weeks ago6 Comments

Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 28 passes for 417 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints on Sunday. He also rushed 12 times for 36 yards and another score.

EDGE Analysis

To say no one saw this coming would be an understatement of epic proportions. Fitzpatrick shocked the Saints early and often, answering a Saints opening-driving touchdown with a 58-yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson and adding a three-yard touchdown run before the first quarter was over. The veteran gunslinger would go on to hit Chris Godwin and Mike Evans for scores of 13 and 50 yards, respectively, before capping off his record-setting afternoon with another 36-yard touchdown to Jackson. The yardage was a career high for Fitzpatrick, who for at least one week, lent plenty of credence to the notion of Jameis Winston's starting job not being guaranteed when he returns from his season-opening three-game suspension. Fitzpatrick will have unenviable task of trying to follow up Sunday's sensational effort against the Eagles in Week 2.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
1 month ago

Fitzpatrick completed six of seven passes for 82 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick started and played the first two drives, bouncing back strong after a rough outing last week. Assuming he's held out for the preseason finale, he'll finish the exhibition slate 17-of-28 passing for 183 yards without any touchdowns or interceptions. Fitzpatrick will start his three-game stretch filling in for Jameis Winston (suspension) with a tough Week 1 matchup at New Orleans.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
1 month ago

Fitzpatrick completed five of 13 passes for 46 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-14 preseason win over the Titans on Saturday. He also rushed once for seven yards.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran didn't look anywhere near as sharp as he had in the preseason opener, although he did lead a 14-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a field goal. Fitzpatrick came up empty on two targets to Mike Evans during the opening possession, but he bounced back to hit Evans, Peyton Barber, Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate on the aforementioned successful series. Fitzpatrick is likely poised for a larger workload than the three drives he helmed Saturday when the Bucs take on the Lions next Friday in their third exhibition.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
2 months ago

Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback during Thursday's preseason opener in Miami, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

This comes as no surprise since Fitzpatrick is set to start the first few games of the regular season due to Jameis Winston's three-game suspension. However, it's unclear how many snaps either of the team's top quarterbacks will take Sunday, as the Buccaneers are dealing with a rash of injuries along the offensive line. Head coach Dirk Koetter did indicate that Fitzpatrick could play the entire first quarter, but the risk of injury could force the coaching staff to give extra reps to backups Ryan Griffin and Austin Allen.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
2 months ago

Fitzpatrick, who's working with the first team during training camp ahead of starting the first three games of the season in place of Jameis Winston (suspension), has been taking advantage of the situation to build rapport a number of different receivers in early practices, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran is naturally getting much more extensive work with the Bucs' top tier of pass catchers than he would under normal circumstances, and thus far, he appears to be putting the opportunity to good use. Fitzpatrick has shown particularly good synergy with DeSean Jackson on a number of throws of varying depth, and Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the veteran signal caller has made nice connections with Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and O.J. Howard in Sunday's practice. Fitzpatrick generated a solid 248.3 yards per game, 3:1 TD:INT and 2-1 record as a starter last season when Winston was sidelined with a shoulder injury, and the team hopes that preparing him to lead the first unit through a full camp and preseason will yield even better results.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
2 months ago

Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that Fitzpatrick is the team's planned starter at quarterback for the first three games while Jameis Winston serves a suspension, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Winston will be able to take part in team activities during training camp and the preseason, but the Buccaneers will waste no time getting Fitzpatrick up to speed with the first-team offense, as the 35-year-old worked with that unit during the Buccaneers' first practice Thursday. There was never much doubt that the Buccaneers would go in a different direction at quarterback to begin the year other than with Fitzpatrick, who has made 133 career appearances (119 starts) over 14 NFL seasons. Neither the other two signal-callers in camp (Ryan Griffin and Austin Allen) have taken an NFL snap nor possess any notable pedigree.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

Fitzpatrick is slated to start the first three games of the 2018 seasons due to the suspension of the same length received by Jameis Winston, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick has again found a way to earn starts, only this time it's the result of Winston violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. In three starts for Winston last season, Fitzpatrick completed 57.4 percent of his passes, averaged 248.3 yards per game and posted three touchdowns versus one interception. It's difficult to expect much more of the 35-year-old signal-caller, despite oodles of skill-position talent on the roster.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
6 months ago

Fitzpatrick has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

As a result, the 35-year-old QB is poised to reprise his role as Jameis Winston's top backup. Fitzpatrick started three games for Tampa Bay in 2017 while Winston dealt with a shoulder injury, en route to completing 96 of 163 passes for 1,103 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions across six games overall. In his current role, Fitzpatrick is off the re-draft radar, but in the event that Winston misses time for any reason, Fitzpatrick can be a capable lineup plug-in, in both real and fantasy terms.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
8 months ago

Fitzpatrick said Monday that he isn't considering retirement and hopes to sign with a team when he becomes a free agent in March, Nick Veronica of The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick, who turned 35 years old in November, was serviceable in his six games (three starts) with the Buccaneers in 2017, completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,103 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. The Buccaneers' decision to retain head coach Dirk Koetter should improve Fitzpatrick's chances of returning to Tampa Bay in 2018 as the backup to Jameis Winston, who is still viewed as the team's franchise signal caller despite his failure to take a dramatic leap forward in his third NFL season.