Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Mon 8/31/20 9:00 AM

Fitzpatrick (personal) is back with the Dolphins and will take part in Monday's practice, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick took a few days away from the team to spend time with his family after his mother passed away. He's expected to get the start Week 1 against New England.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Sun 8/30/20 10:03 AM

Fitzpatrick missed Saturday's practice for personal reasons, with coach Brian Flores saying he isn't sure if the quarterback will return to the team in time for a Sept. 13 season opener against the Patriots, ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick's mother passed away Saturday morning, so he'll likely be with his family for at least the next few days. He's been working as the Dolphins' top quarterback throughout training camp, with multiple reports suggesting he'll be the Week 1 starter. Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen will be the options under center if Fitzpatrick isn't back with the team in time for the season opener.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Sat 8/22/20 12:31 PM

Fitzpatrick returned to practice Saturday, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fitzpatrick hardly missed any practice time after being excused by the Dolphins for personal reasons Friday. The veteran is expected to be the team's starter Week 1, but 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa could make up some ground in the competition with a solid training camp.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Fri 8/21/20 2:12 PM

Fitzpatrick is currently away from the team for personal reasons, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Brian Flores noted Friday that the team will take it day-by-day with regard to its QB situation in Fitzpatrick's absence, but as long as the veteran signal-caller is not at practice, Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen will share reps.

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.