Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick
38-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Washington Football Team
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There are journeymen, and then there's Fitzpatrick. The 38-year-old is on his ninth team in 17 NFL seasons, signing with the Football Team in March. With Dwayne Haskins waived before last season was even over and only Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen around as backups, Fitzgerald likely won't have to look over his shoulder in Washington this year like he did in Miami last year. With the Dolphins, Fitzgerald was keeping the starting seat warm until rookie Tua Tagovailoa was ready to take over, which he did at midseason. Nevertheless, Fitzpatrick was effective when he played. He was sixth in the league in completion percentage (68.5) and his 7.8 YPA ranked eighth. He didn't go downfield much — just 7.5 percent of his 267 attempts were 20-plus yards, third fewest in the league — but when he did, he was usually on the mark. Fitzpatrick led the league in on-target percentage on attempts of at least 20 yards (65.0) and ranked second in completion percentage (60.5). Of course, he certainly won't be that efficient downfield this season with an expected large increase in attempts. But he has a solid supporting cast to target after Washington signed Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries to join 1,000-yard wideout Terry McLaurin. Washington also drafted downfield-threat Dyami Brown in the third round. Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic (80 catches) are both capable receivers out of the backfield, and tight end Logan Thomas is coming off a 72-catch breakout season. Six hundred attempts with those playmakers should make Fitzgerald a starter in two-QB leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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#149.77
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$Signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Washington in March of 2021.
Confirmed atop depth chart
QBWashington Football Team
April 1, 2021
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Fitzpatrick will come to Washington as the No. 1 quarterback, though Rivera also said he expects competition at the position, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
We can probably write the second part off as coach-speak if Washington enters training camp with Kyle Allen (ankle) and Taylor Heinicke (shoulder) as the only other options at quarterback. The upcoming NFL Draft is where there's some potential for things to get complicated, as Washington can still make a good argument for selecting a young QB within the first few rounds. A rookie wouldn't necessarily push Fitzpatrick aside, but there would at least be some added pressure if the veteran were to struggle early in the season. It shouldn't be for lack of weapons if that happens, as Washington has signed WRs Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries since adding Fitzpatrick in mid-March.
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How do Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2020 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
21.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
8.3 Yds
 
Sack Rate
5.0%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.9 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
5.2%
 
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Measurables Review
How do Ryan Fitzpatrick's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
228 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.86 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.07 sec
 
Vertical Jump
30.5 in
 
Broad Jump
105 in
 
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Fitzpatrick got more than 500 attempts last season for the fourth time in his 15-year career and posted his best completion percentage (62.0), YPA (7.0) and and interception rate (2.6). He lost his job after a pair of blowout losses to open the year, but was back as the starter by Week 7 after Josh Rosen flamed out. He even broke out a little Fitzmagic down the stretch, sparking the hapless Dolphins to a 5-4 finish with 15 TDs to six interceptions. Fitzpatrick enters this season the likely starter until fifth overall pick Tua Tagovailoa is ready. Tagovailoa is coming off a major hip injury, but at some point this season Fitzpatrick figures to head to the bench. Before that, though, he'll have 1,200-yard WR DeVante Parker and 6-6 TE Mike Gesicki to target, among others. And he'll reunite with Chan Gailey, the Dolphins' new offensive coordinator who was Fitzpatrick's head coach with the Bills (2010-12) and OC with the Jets (2015-16). That can only help Fitzpatrick, a streaky player capable of big highs and big lows. In two-QB leagues, he might be offer some value in the short term, but Fitzpatrick, who turns 38 in November, is a place holder until the rookie is ready.
Fitzpatrick started last season in remarkable fashion with three 400-yard games and 11 touchdowns in his first three starts for Tampa Bay while Jameis Winston was suspended. The cracks began to show in that third start when he threw three interceptions, and it all fell apart Week 4 when he was replaced by Winston mid-game. Fitzpatrick started three more games in the middle of the season before giving way to Winston for good. The 36-year-old's 4.9 INT rate led the league by more than a full percentage point, the highest in the NFL among qualified passers the last three seasons. Now in Miami, Fitzpatrick will compete with Josh Rosen for the starting job. The Dolphins, though, likely won't give him the reins unless Rosen flames out in training camp. If he does get another chance, Fitzpatrick needs to curb the turnovers or it won't be long until he's back on the bench. But that's always been the case with Fitzpatrick; he's capable of dazzling for a time before eventually wilting.
Fitzpatrick re-upped for another season as Jameis Winston's backup in March after a solid first season in Tampa. The 35-year-old signal-caller compiled 1,103 yards and a 7:3 TD:INT over six games, including three starts where he led the Bucs to a 2-1 record. Fitzpatrick will have another opportunity to direct the offense in 2018 due to Winston's three-game suspension to kick off the year.
Fitzpatrick followed his career year in 2015 with a dreadful season last year in New York, posting six more turnovers than touchdowns and the second-lowest completion percentage in the league among qualified passers. The Jets, as expected, let him walk, and he landed in Tampa Bay as the backup to Jameis Winston. Unless Winston, who hasn't missed a start in two years, is seriously injured, Fitzpatrick likely won't see the field. Fitzpatrick, 34, is in a good spot, though, with his seventh team in 13 years, as his veteran experience can benefit Winston. If he somehow does get on the field, there will be no expectation for him to do anything other than manage the offense. The Buccaneers have a number of quality skill players to target in the passing game, though Fitzpatrick's arm strength and accuracy are modest.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Heading to his fourth team in four years, little was expected from Fitzpatrick in New York as he figured to begin the season behind Geno Smith, but after Smith had his jaw broken in a locker room fight during training camp, Fitzpatrick stepped into the starting lineup and put together the most productive season of his career. Taking full advantage of his two top-shelf WRs in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, he posted career highs in passing yards and TDs, and even scampered for his most rushing yards since 2008. In fact, he may have had a little too much success in 2015. Based on the strength of his raw numbers, Fitzpatrick's contract demands proved much higher than what the Jets were willing to pay, and negotiations on a new deal quickly stalled, with no other teams apparently interested in meeting his price. It's easy to see why the market might not share his evaluation of his value, as Fitzpatrick's arm strength and accuracy are both average at best, and he's prone to making the kinds of occasionally awful decisions that give coaches ulcers. Ultimately, he signed a one-year deal with the Jets in July.
Despite a midseason benching, Fitzpatrick enjoyed arguably his finest season last year for the Texans, posting career highs in completion percentage (63.1), TD:INT ratio (17:8), passer rating (95.3) and YPA (7.96), with the last number nearly a full yard better than his previous high. Nonetheless, Fitzpatrick was traded to the Jets to compete with incumbent Geno Smith for the starting job. The more physically talented Smith was the favorite to win, but note that Fitzpatrick played for new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in Buffalo from 2010-12. Moreover, when Smith suffered a broken jaw in August, the job was at least temporarily handed to Fitzpatrick. While the 32-year-old journeyman isn't elite in terms of arm strength, accuracy or size, he will have some strong weapons that give him some upside out of the gate. Brandon Marshall is the true No. 1 wide receiver the team didn't have last year, which should give both Eric Decker and 6-5 tight end Jace Amaro more room to work, while second-round pick Devin Smith adds a deep threat.
When the Texans signed Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal in March, the assumption was that he'd serve as the backup to a rookie quarterback. The Texans didn't take a quarterback (Tom Savage) until the end of the fourth round, however. Fitzpatrick will open the season as the Texans' starter and will likely start much or all of the 2014 season as a result. He's too turnover prone and struggles to average 7.0 YPA, but Fitzpatrick is an above average runner and might have QB2 potential if the Texans don't trade Andre Johnson before the season's start.
Fitzpatrick’s talent level is merely average, but the Bills are committed to him, and he functions in an offense that does a good job of playing to his strengths. He throws way too many interceptions (38 in his last 29 games), but he also posted 6,832 yards over that span, which averages out to roughly 3,769 yards over 16 games. With solid numbers in passing touchdowns (47) and rushing yardage (484) categories as well over the last two years, Fitzpatrick is a useful depth choice and match-up starter, especially with the Buffalo offense not having much turnover since last season and Chan Gailey preferring a pass-oriented attack.
Fitzpatrick’s play improved a great deal from 2009 to 2010, as he raised his quarterback rating from 69.7 to 81.8 while posting 23 passing touchdowns to 15 interceptions in 13 games. He also emerged as a surprisingly dangerous runner, taking off for 269 yards on just 40 attempts (6.7 yards per carry). Those are nice numbers, but it’s tough to expect much improvement from the journeyman going forward. While wideout Steve Johnson had a breakout 1,073-yard, 10-touchdown season, Lee Evans had his second poor season in a row, and the team’s offensive line remains questionable. In addition, Fitzpatrick’s unimpressive line and tendency to scramble make him a bit of an injury worry. He missed one game with a knee injury last year and missed a 2009 contest with an ankle injury. Still, in a Chan Gailey offense and with the starting role locked up, there's also cheap value to be had here. Update: Evans was traded in mid-August, so Fitz will be working with someone unheralded as his new No. 2 wideout, though it's worth noting he didn't seem to have great chemistry with Evans last season, anyway, not through lack of trying.
Bills coach Chan Gailey says that the race between Trent Edwards, Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm for the starting quarterback job "is close," but even the three players don't know exactly where they stand heading into training camp. Gailey says he'd like to have a pecking order in place for training camp -- with the leader having the best shot to win the job while getting the most snaps, and then working down from there. Each player will have a chance to still move up and down during the preseason, but we'll have a better idea when the July training camp starts as to who has the best angle on the starting job. At this moment, only Gailey has an idea how he sees things playing out. Fitzpatrick is a smart quarterback (Harvard) who seems a lot better as a backup than in a starting role. Our gut feeling is he won't win the job, and even if we're wrong, there's not much fantasy value in an offense with only one proven receiver and a questionable offensive line.
Fitzpatrick signed with the Bills in February after seeing the most extensive action of his career filling in for an injured Carson Palmer last season, making 12 starts. He was mediocre as a starter, but won't need to fill that role in Buffalo. He'll back up starter Trent Edwards, and should be able to draw on his experiences from playing behind Marc Bulger and Palmer to help the young quarterback develop. He's a smart guy with a strong grasp of the position, so we don't see him having any difficulty in learning a new offense, but the only way he's seeing the field with any regularity in 2009 is with an injury to Edwards.
All signs point toward Fitzpatrick being the Bengals' top insurance plan if Carson Palmer gets hurt at any point in 2008. While he's probably not worth drafting in all but the deepest of leagues, the Harvard-graduate is a smart quarterback who would have a chance to post very respectable statistics with the number of offensive weapons in Cincinnati if something were to happen to Palmer.
Will once again compete for the #3 QB job with veteran Brock Berlin.
The unheralded rookie out of Harvard had a very eventful 2005 which included action in four games and three starts. He comes into 2006 having once again won the No. 3 QB job behind starter Marc Bulger and back-up Gus Ferotte. Of course that only means Fitzpatrick will be carrying around clipboards every Sunday instead of a remote control.
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Heading to Washington
QBWashington Football Team
March 15, 2021
Fitzpatrick agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with Washington on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Not expected to retire
QBMiami Dolphins
March 8, 2021
Fitzpatrick plans to play football in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Off of COVID-19 list
QBMiami Dolphins
January 11, 2021
The Dolphins activated Fitzpatrick (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Lands on COVID list
QBMiami Dolphins
Illness
December 31, 2020
The Dolphins placed Fitzpatrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
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Won't be available Sunday
QBMiami Dolphins
Illness
December 31, 2020
Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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