Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Wed 7/29/20 10:49 AM

Coach Brian Flores suggested Fitzpatrick may need to compete in training camp with rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has completed his rehab from hip surgery, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

When asked about his QB situation, Flores opted for typical coach speak, saying there will be competition at every position. An abbreviated offseason combined with no preseason will make it tough for Tagovailoa to make his case for the Week 1 job, but there's no question his smooth return to health impacts Fitzpatrick's playing time expectations for the upcoming season. The No. 5 overall pick likely will make starts at some point this year, putting Fitzpatrick on the hot seat even if he locks down the Week 1 job.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Fri 4/24/20 4:39 PM

Fitzpatrick is facing competition after the Dolphins used the No. 5 overall draft pick on fellow quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (hip).

EDGE Analysis

It isn't clear if Fitzpatrick will need to battle for the Week 1 starting job, but even if he's handed the honor, it's unlikely that a top-five draft pick would spend an entire season on the bench. While the rookie's medical record adds an interesting element to that equation, recent reports suggest Tagovailoa made a smooth recovery from November hip surgery. The Dolphins finished Day 1 of the draft without adding any pass-catching talent, but they did pick up USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson, who will join a remade O-line that previously added veteran free agents LG Ereck Flowers and C Ted Karras. The Dolphins also signed RB Jordan Howard, and they have a slew of draft picks on Days 2 and 3 to further improve their offense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Fri 1/31/20 12:40 PM

Fitzpatrick intends to play for the Dolphins in 2020, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick seems to be on the same page as general manager Chris Grier, who said last week that he hopes the 37-year-old quarterback will stay in Miami for another season. Fitzpatrick is entering the second season of a two-year, $13.5 million contract, boasting a strong argument to ask for a pay raise. The Dolphins presumably will try to acquire a young QB, but that doesn't necessarily mean Fitzpatrick will need to battle for the Week 1 starting job.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Thu 1/23/20 9:20 AM

GM Chris Grier expects Fitzpatrick to play for the Dolphins in 2020, the second season of a two-year, $13.5 million contract, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. "We fully expect Ryan to be back and playing," Grier said. "He did a great job in the locker room, his leadership and just his enthusiasm."

EDGE Analysis

The contract had a base value of $11 million, with an extra $2.5 million added to the 2020 base salary after Fitzpatrick played more than 75 percent of offensive snaps in 2019. The Dolphins will be happy to pay the escalator, and they might even consider tacking on some more money if it helps convince the 37-year-old to play another season, something he wasn't willing to commit to after Week 17. At the same time, the team needs to find a young quarterback to build around, preferably sooner than later. The most likely scenario features Fitzpatrick entering Week 1 as the starter, with an early 2020 draft pick (and possibly Josh Rosen) providing depth.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Sun 12/29/19 5:55 PM

Fitzpatrick completed 28 of 41 passes for 320 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 27-24 win over the Patriots on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 15 yards and another score and fumbled once but recovered.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick saved his best of a highly improbable season for last, authoring his fourth 300-yard effort of the last seven games and one of the more unlikely regular-season upsets in recent memory in the process. Fitzpatrick capped off the game with a 13-play, 75-yard march that culminated in a five-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki, which proved to be the game-winning score. Fitzpatrick undeniably injected life into the Dolphins' offense since reclaiming the starting job in Week 7, and he wrapped up the campaign with a 20:13 TD:INT and 3,529 passing yards over 15 contests, along with 243 rushing yards and another four scores on the ground. While the offseason and draft could certainly bring competition at the quarterback position, Fitzpatrick heads into the offseason with a seemingly secure grip on the starting job.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Fri 12/27/19 1:07 PM

Fitzpatrick said Friday that he hasn't yet made any decision on his playing future and intends to "go through the process and figure things out," Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick said that he feels "great" physically and still loves playing, a hint that he could be leaning toward continuing his career. The 37-year-old has had a more than solid inaugural season in Miami, and he remains under contract through 2020, so the team would have reasonable incentive to keep the signal-caller in the building unless he opts to hang up the cleats. The Dolphins are a strong candidate to invest high draft capital in a rookie quarterback this offseason, and also have second-year signal-caller Josh Rosen signed beyond 2020, so Fitzpatrick's ability to provide competition and a veteran presence could prove desirable.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Sun 12/22/19 5:53 PM

Fitzpatrick completed 31 of 52 passes for 419 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Dolphins' 38-35 overtime win against the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed five times for nine yards.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick continued his late-season tear with a spectacular showing against one of the most vulnerable defenses in the league, hitting DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki (twice) and Christian Wilkins on a tackle-eligible play for his touchdowns. Fitzpatrick then led a game-winning march in overtime, one in which he had a pair of key completions to Isaiah Ford to get Miami into field-goal range. Fitzpatrick has now eclipsed the 300-yard mark in three of his last six games, and his 19 touchdown throws are his highest since 2015. He'll look to put a strong finish on a resurgent season in a Week 17 battle against the Patriots.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Sun 12/15/19 5:42 PM

Fitzpatrick completed 23 of 41 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Giants. He added four carries for 33 yards and lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick heated up in the second quarter, capping a string of seven consecutive completions with a 20-yard touchdown to DeVante Parker to open the scoring. He cooled right back down after that, however, failing to notch another touchdown until he found Parker again for a 29-yard score with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The veteran quarterback also remarkably took over as Miami's leading rusher for the season with 219 yards, as he's done his fair share of scrambling while the Dolphins haven't been able to settle on a lead option at the running back position. Coach Brian Flores confirmed after the game that Fitzpatrick will remain the starter when the Dolphins host the Bengals in Week 16.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Mon 12/9/19 2:39 PM

Coach Brian Flores said Fitzpatrick will continue to be the starting quarterback for the Dolphins' Week 15 road game against the Giants, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Miami's failure to get into the end zone and instead settle for seven field goals ultimately doomed the team in Sunday's one-point loss to the Jets. Fitzpatrick himself completed 21 of 37 passes for 245 yards and one interception, leaving him with a 13:12 TD:INT in 12 appearances this season. He may have an easier time getting back on the TD ledger this coming weekend versus a Giants defense that entered Week 14 having allowed 22 touchdown passes to quarterbacks in 12 contests in 2019.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Sun 12/8/19 6:04 PM

Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 37 passes for 245 yards and an interception while adding 65 rushing yards on seven carries in Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick moved the offense well but couldn't convert in close, leading to eight field-goal attempts and seven makes for kicker Jason Sanders. Those who started the veteran signal-caller enjoyed a season-high rushing performance from Fitzpatrick, but his TD:INT this season is an unenviable 13:12.