Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
1 month ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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 finished serving 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 only half of his 18 attempts for 126 yards and threw an interception before getting the hook. The roles were then reversed in Week 8 when Winston faltered, with Fitzpatrick nearly leading a miraculous second-half comeback with a pair of touchdown throws. That yielded him another pair of starting assignments, one which led to his fourth 400-yard outing of the season, but a three-interception first half in 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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
2 months ago

Fitzpatrick (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Cowboys, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 in Week 17 as coach Dirk Koetter potentially looks to give Griffin his first taste of regular-season action in the season finale versus the Falcons.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

Jameis Winston will replace Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback for Week 12 against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

Fitzpatrick was pulled from Sunday's road game versus the Giants in favor of Jameis Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 for rushes for 14 yards and one TD. Winston is expected to play out the rest of the contest, barring injury.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

Fitzpatrick will keep the starting job for Week 11 against the Giants, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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 in good stead this season, but it just didn't work out. 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 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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
3 months ago

In his postgame press conference Sunday, coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that Fitzpatrick will start the Week 10 game against the Redskins, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
4 months ago4 Comments

Fitzpatrick will start Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

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, including 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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB TB (5)
4 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

Brought into the game after Jameis Winston's fourth interception of the afternoon was returned by Jessie Bates for a touchdown with 2:10 remaining 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 in which he avoided a sack and threaded the needle to get the ball into Chris Godwin. 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 the Week 9 practice week ahead of a divisional clash versus the Panthers.