Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick[1] (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed FitzMagic, is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Harvard and was the first quarterback in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career.[2]

A journeyman quarterback, Fitzpatrick is known for his tenure on eight teams during his career, starting at least one game for the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2018, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 yards or more in three straight games, after leading the Buccaneers to victories during the first two weeks of the season.[3]

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Fitzpatrick with the Bills
No. 14 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:November 24, 1982 (age 36)
Gilbert, Arizona
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Gilbert (AZ) Highland
College:Harvard
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Pass attempts:4,285
Pass completions:2,575
Percentage:60.1
TDINT:190–148
Passing yards:29,357
Passer rating:81.1
Player stats at NFL.com

College career

While an economics student at Harvard, Fitzpatrick had five starts during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, working as the backup for Neil Rose.[4] In 2001, he amassed deep passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. He followed that in 2002 by collecting 1,155 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran for five scores and 523 yards that year.

Fitzpatrick took over the starting job in 2003 following Rose's graduation. Fitzpatrick finished his junior campaign with 1,770 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven games. Additionally, he ran for 430 yards and six rushing touchdowns, leading his team to a 7–3 record.[5]

In 2004, Fitzpatrick was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, as he accumulated 1,986 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also led Harvard to a 10–0 record, thus winning the Ivy League Championship.[6] He ranked second on the team with 448 rushing yards and five scores.

For his career, Fitzpatrick connected on 384 of 641 passes (59.9 percent) for 5,234 yards, 39 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He collected 1,487 yards with 16 scores on 365 carries (4.1 avg.) and totaled 6,721 yards, an average of 224.0 yards per game, while seeing action in 30 contests. He ranks second on Harvard's career list for pass completions, touchdowns, yards passing and pass completion percentage, topped only by Neil Rose (5,949 yards, 41 touchdowns, 455 completions, 62.4 percent, 1998–2002). His 641 pass attempts rank fourth in school history. His 1,006 total plays for 6,721 yards in total offense broke the old school career records of 1,005 plays by Mike Giardi (1991–93) and 6,519 yards by Rose.

Professional career

Pre-draft

As is the case for most incoming NFL rookies, Fitzpatrick took the Wonderlic test. Rumors have indicated that Fitzpatrick recorded a 50 on the test in nine minutes, signifying a perfect score.[7] However, according to a The Wall Street Journal report that appeared in the September 30, 2005, edition, Fitzpatrick scored a 48 on the exam, not a 50—still considered an exceptionally high score, but the claim that he completed the test in nine minutes is accurate. While his actual score is unknown, he has acknowledged that he left at least one question blank.[8] As the Wonderlic score is the number of correct answers to 50 questions, the best he could have scored would be a 49. To date, Fitzpatrick has the highest Wonderlic Test score ever achieved among NFL quarterbacks. The only player to earn a verified perfect score on the Wonderlic test was also a Harvard graduate: wide receiver/punter Pat McInally, who played his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
232 lb
(105 kg)
4.86 s 1.67 s 2.81 s 4.07 s 7.09 s 30 12 in
(0.77 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
48
All from NFL Combine.[10]

St. Louis Rams

2005 season: Rookie year

Fitzpatrick was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft with the 250th overall pick.[11] He played his first NFL game on November 27, 2005. Coming into the eleventh game of the regular season in the second quarter against the Houston Texans to replace injured veteran journeyman Jamie Martin, Fitzpatrick led the Rams from a 24–3 halftime deficit to a 33–27 overtime win, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns, completing 63.3% of his passes and 117.4 QB rating for the game.[12] He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort.[13] This made Fitzpatrick one of only seven players who passed for more than 300 yards in their NFL debut. The others were Otto Graham, 346 yards (1950); Ed Rubbert, 334 (a replacement player for the Washington Redskins during the 1987 strike); Mark Rypien, 303 (1988), Peyton Manning, 302 (1998), Cam Newton, 422 (2011), Robert Griffin III, 320 (2012), and Andrew Luck, 309 (2012). The win earned him the next three starts, making Fitzpatrick the first Harvard quarterback to start an NFL game.[14] Fitzpatrick was unable to duplicate his debut performance in the games he started with the Rams coming two weeks later in a 13–27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in which he threw for 235 yards, no touchdowns, and five interceptions for a QB rating of 32.4 for the game.[15] He was replaced by Martin after halftime the following week, after struggling in a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles in which he completed just 41.7% of his passes for a total of 69 yards.[16]

2006 season

In 2006, Fitzpatrick only appeared in one game, which was in the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared late in the game in relief of Marc Bulger and ran out the clock of the 41–21 victory.[17]

Cincinnati Bengals

2007 season

On September 1, 2007, Fitzpatrick was traded to the Bengals for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.[18] He recorded no meaningful statistics in his third professional season.[19]

2008 season

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Fitzpatrick signed his one-year tender offer from the Bengals on April 17. Due to an elbow injury to starting quarterback Carson Palmer, Fitzpatrick made his first Bengals start on September 28, 2008, against the Cleveland Browns. Fitzpatrick was not only the leading passer but also the leading rusher in the Bengals' 20–12 loss.[20] Palmer returned the next week to start against the Dallas Cowboys, but once again had to sit the following week to rest his sore elbow.[21] On October 12, 2008, Fitzpatrick got the start against the New York Jets, and every other game for the remainder of that season.[22]

During the 2008 season, Fitzpatrick ranked third in rushing yards among quarterbacks with 304, finishing behind Tyler Thigpen and David Garrard.[23]

Buffalo Bills

2009 season

Ryan Fitzpatrick Bills vs Jets
Fitzpatrick in 2009

On February 27, 2009, Fitzpatrick signed with the Buffalo Bills on a 3-year $7.405 million contract.[24] He made his first appearance on October 18, 2009 against the New York Jets when starter Trent Edwards went down with an injury, leading the Bills to a 16–13 overtime win, while throwing for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception.[25] Fitzpatrick started the following two games, resulting in a win over the Carolina Panthers and loss to the Houston Texans.[26][27]

On November 18, 2009, he was named the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills by interim head coach Perry Fewell who took over the coaching duties after former head coach Dick Jauron was fired. He went 3–3 as a starter under Fewell, throwing seven touchdowns, six interceptions and 1,060 yards. Overall, Fitzpatrick went 5–4 in games in which he had a majority of the playing time for a team that finished with a 6–10 record. In Week 11 of the 2009 season in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fitzpatrick threw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens, the longest touchdown reception and pass for both Owens and Fitzpatrick, also setting the team record for the longest touchdown pass. The Bills went on to lose to the Jaguars 18–15.[28][29][30] Overall, in the 2009 season, Fitzpatrick finished with 1,422 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and ten interceptions.[31]

2010 season

Despite the strong showing, new head coach Chan Gailey decided to go with Trent Edwards as the starter for the 2010 season, relegating Fitzpatrick to the backup role. On September 20, 2010, Fitzpatrick was named the new starting quarterback following the Bills 0–2 start.[32]

In a 49–31 comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Stevie Johnson.[33] This performance marked the first time in NFL history that a team had come back from 17 points down to win by 18 or more. Despite the Bills finishing at 4–12 (4–9 with him at quarterback), Fitzpatrick had a breakout season in 2010, recording at least one touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games and becoming the first Bills quarterback to pass for at least 3,000 yards in a season since J. P. Losman in 2006.[34]

2011 season

During the second week of the 2011 season, Fitzpatrick led the Bills to touchdown drives on five straight possessions in the second half to rally past the Oakland Raiders.[35] It was the first time in league history a team had scored offensive touchdowns on five straight possessions in the second half.[36] In the 2011 season, Fitzpatrick was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. On October 28, 2011, Fitzpatrick signed a six-year, $59 million contract extension including a $10 million signing bonus with the Bills.[37] He had three 300-yard performances in the 2011 season, with a season-high 369 yards against the New England Patriots.[38] After the 2011 season, it was revealed that Fitzpatrick had broken his ribs in a game against the Washington Redskins, which was presumably a factor in his decline in play over the rest of the season. Fitzpatrick finished the 2011 season with 3,832 yards and 24 touchdowns, but threw a league-leading 23 interceptions.[39]

2012 season

Fitzpatrick returned as the Bills' starter during the 2012 season, throwing for 3,400 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.[40] Following Chan Gailey's firing after the season, the Bills opted not to hold on to Fitzpatrick, releasing him on March 12, 2013.[41]

Tennessee Titans

On March 18, 2013, Fitzpatrick signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans.[42] He replaced Jake Locker for the Titans in Week 4 due to an injury in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick completed 3 of his 8 passes for 108 yards, which included a 77-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington, in a 38–13 win against the New York Jets.[43]

Fitzpatrick played in 11 games and started 9 of them. He finished the season with a 3–6 record as the starting quarterback, beating division rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans in the final two games of the season. He completed the season throwing for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.[44]

Fitzpatrick was released on March 14, 2014, and replaced by Charlie Whitehurst.[45]

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick in 2014

On March 18, 2014, Fitzpatrick signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans.[46] He was named the Texans' starting quarterback by new Head Coach Bill O'Brien on June 17,[47] but was demoted to second on the Texans' depth chart on November 5, 2014, being replaced by Ryan Mallett.

On November 23, 2014, Mallett tore his pectoral muscle and Fitzpatrick was renamed the starter.[48] On November 30, in a 45–21 win against the Tennessee Titans in Week 13, Fitzpatrick threw for a franchise-record six touchdowns and 358 yards with no interceptions and a 147.5 passer rating.[49] He earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against the Titans.[50]

On December 14, 2014, during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts, Fitzpatrick scrambled for a two-yard gain, was tripped up, and ended up with a fractured left tibia, ending his season. He was replaced by rookie Tom Savage, who also received a minor injury, and the Texans lost 10–17.[51] Despite his season-ending injury, Fitzpatrick had a solid season, throwing for 2,483 yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions for a then career-high 95.3 passer rating. He finished the season with a 6–6 record as the starting quarterback for the Texans.[52]

New York Jets

2015 season

Fitzpatrick Jets
Fitzpatrick in 2015

On March 11, 2015, Fitzpatrick was traded to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.[53][54] The move reunited Fitzpatrick with his former Head Coach Chan Gailey, who was hired during the off-season as the Jets offensive coordinator and play-caller. Following an incident in the locker room, where starting quarterback Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw after being attacked by IK Enemkpali, Fitzpatrick was tentatively named the Week 1 starter for the Jets.[55]

Making his first start for the Jets on September 13, in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, Fitzpatrick threw for 179 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the 31–10 victory.[56] During Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2, Fitzpatrick threw for 244 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as the Jets won 20–7.[57] During Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Fitzpatrick threw for 283 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions as the Jets lost 17–24.[58] In Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, Fitzpatrick had 218 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Jets won 27–14.[59] In Week 6 against the Washington Redskins, Fitzpatrick rushed for a touchdown on 31 rushing yards and passed for 253 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the 34–20 victory.[60] In Week 7 against the New England Patriots, Fitzpatrick threw for 295 yards with two touchdowns but the Jets lost 23–30.[61] In Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, Fitzpatrick suffered torn ligaments in his left thumb while scrambling and did not play for the remainder of the game. Geno Smith relieved him for the rest of the game as the Jets would go on to lose 20–34. Fitzpatrick underwent thumb surgery two days later and stated that he would still start.[62] During Week 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fitzpatrick threw for 272 yards with 2 touchdowns as the Jets won 28–23.[63] During Thursday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, Fitzpatrick threw for 193 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Jets lost 17–22.[64] In Week 11 against the Houston Texans, Fitzpatrick threw for 216 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as the Jets lost 17–24.[65] During a Dolphins rematch in Week 12, Fitzpatrick made his 100th career start by throwing for 277 yards with 4 touchdowns in the 38–20 victory.[66] In Week 13 against the interconference-rival New York Giants, Fitzpatrick threw for 390 yards with 2 touchdowns as the Jets won 23–20 in overtime.[67] In Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans, Fitzpatrick threw for 263 yards with three touchdowns in a 30–8 victory to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[68][69] During Saturday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, Fitzpatrick threw for 299 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 19–16 victory.[70] This was Fitzpatrick's ninth win of the season as a starter, securing his first winning season as a starting quarterback.[71] During a Patriots rematch in Week 16, Fitzpatrick threw for 296 yards with three touchdowns, including an overtime drive that gave the Jets a game-winning touchdown for a 26–20 victory.[72] For his effort against the Patriots, he earned another AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[73] In the rematch against the Bills during the season finale in Week 17, Fitzpatrick threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw 3 costly interceptions, all of which were in the fourth quarter. The Jets not only lost 17–22, but were also eliminated from playoff contention after the Steelers' win over the Browns, despite finishing the year with a 10–6 record.[74] In 16 starts of the 2015 season, Fitzpatrick finished with his best year as a pro with 3,905 passing yards and 31 passing touchdowns along with 15 interceptions, breaking Vinny Testaverde's 1998 franchise record for most touchdown passes in a season.[75][76]

2016 season

Ryan Fitzpatrick 2016
Fitzpatrick in 2016

Fitzpatrick, a free agent after the conclusion of the 2015 season, signed a one-year fully guaranteed $12 million contract with the Jets on July 27, 2016.[77]

Opening the season against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, Fitzpatrick had 189 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception as the Jets lost a close game 22–23.[78] During Thursday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, Fitzpatrick improved gradually with 374 passing yards and a touchdown, leading the Jets to a 37–31 victory to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[79][80] During Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jets committed 8 turnovers, including Fitzpatrick throwing 6 interceptions. Fitzpatrick finished with 188 passing yards as the Jets lost 24–3.[81] In a week 6 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of Geno Smith after going 16-for-31 for 174 yards with no touchdowns and an interception and the Jets trailing 28–3.[82] Smith was then named the starter for the next game against the Baltimore Ravens.[83] However, Smith suffered a season-ending injury during the game and was replaced by Fitzpatrick in the second quarter.[84][85] Fitzpatrick then started the team's next two games against the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins before not playing against the Los Angeles Rams due to injury.[86] Bryce Petty started in his place even though Fitzpatrick was still active for the game as the backup.[87] Fitzpatrick then returned from his injury to start the next two games against the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.[86] However, during the Colts game, he was benched in favor of Petty to start the second half.[88] Petty was then named the starter for the final four games of the season. Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, "The plan was for us to start him the last four games anyway, so we just started a half early."[89] Petty then started the next three games against the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.[90] During the Dolphins game, Fitzpatrick relieved Petty due to injury early in the fourth quarter.[91] Petty also suffered an injury in the Patriots game and was replaced by Fitzpatrick in the second quarter.[92] Due to Petty's injury, Fitzpatrick started in the season finale on January 1, 2017, completing 20 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets beat the Bills by a score of 30–10.[93] In 14 games (11 starts) of 2016, Fitzpatrick finished with 2,710 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.[94]

On February 15, 2017, Fitzpatrick's contract was voided, and he became a free agent.[95]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2017 season

On May 19, 2017, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $3 million contract.[96][97][98][99] During Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzpatick entered the game after starter Jameis Winston suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions as the Buccaneers lost by a score of 38–33.[100] During Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints, Fitzpatrick entered the game after Winston suffered a shoulder injury. He completed 8 of 15 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown as the Buccaneers lost by a score of 30–10.[101] On November 6, head coach Dirk Koetter said that Winston would miss at least two weeks to rest his shoulder.[102] Fitzpatrick started the Week 10 game against the New York Jets, throwing for 187 yards, a touchdown, and an interception as the Buccaneers won 15–10.[103] In Week 11, he threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Buccaneers beat the Miami Dolphins by a score of 30–20.[104] He also started the team's Week 12 34–20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons before Winston returned in Week 13.[105] Overall, in the 2017 season, Fitzpatrick had 1,103 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions.[106]

2018 season

On March 9, 2018, Fitzpatrick signed a one-year contract extension with the Buccaneers.[107] Starter Jameis Winston was handed a three-game suspension, making Fitzpatrick the Buccaneers' starting quarterback to begin the 2018 season. In Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 28 passes for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a 156.2 QB rating as the Buccaneers won 48–40.[108] He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 1.[109] During Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 33 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns, finishing with a 144.4 QB rating despite one interception as the Buccaneers won 27–21.[110] His performance in Week 2 earned Fitzpatrick his second consecutive NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[111] His unexpectedly incredible performance during the first two weeks of the season revived his old Bills nickname "Fitzmagic" with both Buccaneers and NFL fans. During Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3, Fitzpatrick finished with 411 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions as the Buccaneers lost 27–30.[112] He became the first player in NFL history to have three consecutive games with at least 400 passing yards.[113] Fitzpatrick started in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears, where his performance regressed as he had 126 passing yards and an interception. He was replaced by Winston, whose three-game suspension expired. The Buccaneers lost by a score of 10–48.[114] In Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Fitzpatrick relieved Winston at the end of the third quarter after Winston was benched for throwing four interceptions. Fitzpatrick completed 11 of 15 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns to tie the game 34–34 with 1:05 left in the game after being down 34–16. The Bengals would then drive down the field and kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.[115] The next day, the Buccaneers named Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback.[116] In Week 10, against the Washington Redskins, he passed for his fourth 400-yard passing game of the season, which tied Dan Marino and Peyton Manning for the single-season record as the Buccaneers lost by a score of 16-3.[117] In Week 11 against the New York Giants, Fitzpatrick was benched for Jameis Winston again in the second half after he threw for 167 yards and three interceptions in what would be his final appearance of the 2018 season.[118] Overall, in eight games, Fitzpatrick finished with 2,366 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a career-high passer rating of 100.4. He also rushed for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns.[119]

Miami Dolphins

On March 18, 2019, the Miami Dolphins signed Fitzpatrick to a two-year contract.[120][121]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack Yds Fum Lost
2005 STL 4 3 76 135 56.3 777 5.8 4 8 58.2 14 64 4.6 2 9 49 3 1
2006 STL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CIN 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CIN 13 12 221 372 59.4 1,905 5.1 8 9 70.0 60 304 5.1 2 38 193 11 5
2009 BUF 10 8 127 227 55.9 1,422 6.3 9 10 69.7 31 141 4.5 1 21 127 3 2
2010 BUF 13 13 255 441 57.8 3,000 6.8 23 15 81.8 40 269 6.7 0 24 145 8 5
2011 BUF 16 16 353 569 62.0 3,832 6.7 24 23 79.1 56 215 3.8 0 22 148 7 2
2012 BUF 16 16 306 505 60.6 3,400 6.7 24 16 83.3 48 197 4.1 1 30 161 8 6
2013 TEN 11 9 217 350 62.0 2,454 7.0 14 12 82.0 43 225 5.2 3 21 109 9 2
2014 HOU 12 12 197 312 63.1 2,483 8.0 17 8 95.3 50 184 3.7 2 21 83 5 1
2015 NYJ 16 16 335 562 59.6 3,905 6.9 31 15 88.0 60 270 4.5 2 19 94 5 2
2016 NYJ 14 11 228 403 56.6 2,710 6.7 12 17 69.6 33 130 3.9 0 19 81 9 1
2017 TB 6 3 96 163 58.9 1,103 6.8 7 3 86.0 15 78 5.2 0 7 34 0 0
2018 TB 8 7 164 246 66.7 2,366 9.6 17 12 100.4 36 152 4.2 2 14 76 4 1
Total 141 126 2,575 4,285 60.1 29,357 6.9 190 148 81.1 489 2,229 4.6 15 245 1,300 72 28

Career awards, highlights, and records

NFL records

  • Most passing touchdowns in a single season: 31 (2015)[75]
  • Only QB with consecutive weeks of 400 yards passing: Weeks 1–3, 2018
  • Only QB to pass for 400 yards multiple times in a season: 4 (2018)
  • Most consecutive weeks of having a passer rating of at least 140.0 in a season: 2 (2018)
  • Most touchdown passes in the first three weeks of a season: 11 (2018)
  • Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes in a season: 3 (2018)

Personal life

Fitzpatrick is married to Liza Barber. They have six children together.[132] In 2010, Fitzpatrick was tabbed as the fifth-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.[133]

See also

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2008 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2008 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League, the 46th overall, and the 6th under head coach Marvin Lewis. The team finished the season with 4 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie, and missing out of the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year.

2009 Buffalo Bills season

The 2009 Buffalo Bills season was the 50th Professional Football season for the original American Football League team, and its 40th in the NFL. The Bills were unable to improve upon their third consecutive 7–9 regular season record (2006, 2007 and 2008) and failed to make the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year, the longest standing playoff drought in the NFL. Dick Jauron returned as head coach for a fourth season, the first Bills coach since Marv Levy to receive a contract extension beyond three years. He was fired on November 17 after a 3–6 start and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who was fired at the end of the season, but not before starting Ryan Fitzpatrick for the rest of the season.

2010 Buffalo Bills season

The 2010 Buffalo Bills season was the team's 41st season in the National Football League and their 51st overall. It was Buffalo's first season with Buddy Nix in the role of general manager and head coach Chan Gailey. The Bills hoped to improve on their 6–10 record from the 2009 season, and attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the longest standing playoff drought in the NFL. The Bills had the 9th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft selecting C. J. Spiller, a running back from Clemson. This season marks the first 0–8 start since 1984, in which they finished 2-14. They were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 12, extending their playoff drought to 11 seasons. Despite the poor start, Buffalo became largely competitive after the bye in Week 9. Their next four losses were by only three points each, all to teams that made the playoffs that year—Baltimore, Kansas City, Chicago and Pittsburgh (three of these losses went to overtime). The Bills eventually won four of their final eight games, which carried over into a strong start to the 2011 season. The 2010 season was marked by the emergence of wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who gained 1,073 receiving yards and nose tackle Kyle Williams, an All-Pro in 2010 who gained status as an elite defensive tackle.

2011 Buffalo Bills season

The 2011 Buffalo Bills season was the team's 42nd season in the National Football League and its 52nd overall. The Bills improved on their 4–12 record from the 2010 season, winning six games; however, the team also missed the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season; the team had not made the playoffs since 1999, the longest standing playoff drought in the NFL at the time. Buffalo played in the Eastern division of the American Football Conference (AFC).

2015 New York Jets season

The 2015 New York Jets season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 56th overall. The team improved on their 4-12 record in 2014 under former head Coach Rex Ryan. Under new head coach Todd Bowles, they succeeded in matching their record in just five games, starting 4-1. Prior to the season, the Jets made a number of moves, including, re-acquiring Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, two cornerbacks who were instrumental in the Jets previous defensive success, and obtaining Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall in trades. The team retrogressed to 5–5, before going on a five-game winning streak, clinching their first winning season since 2010. However, it wasn't enough to make the playoffs, as they lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jets both finished 10–6, but the Steelers clinched the final AFC playoff spot over the Jets based on a better record vs. common opponents. The Jets finished the season as the league's only team with a winning record to not make the playoffs.

2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League, the 20th playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium and the second under head coach Dirk Koetter.

On March 9, 2017, the Buccaneers signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Chris Baker, former Dallas Cowboys safety J. J. Wilcox (traded to Pittsburgh Steelers), former New York Jets kicker Nick Folk, and veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

They were hampered with poor performance and an early kicking situation, as they failed to improve or match their 9–7 record from the previous season. After a loss to the Detroit Lions on December 10, 2017, they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with a 4–9 record. The Bucs finished the season 5-11. This was their tenth consecutive season without a playoff appearance, with their last being in the 2007 season. Also, the Bucs finished last in the NFC South for the seventh time in nine seasons.

The preseason was documented on HBO's Hard Knocks.

2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2018 season was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 43rd in the National Football League and their third under head coach Dirk Koetter.

During their season opener against the Saints, was the Bucs' first time since Super Bowl XXXVII scoring 48 points in a game, and with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s dominant performance, earned him the nickname “Fitzmagic”. They would also beat the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 and nearly beat the Pittsburgh Steelers during Week 3, both with Fitzpatrick as starting quarterback. However despite their 2–0 start, the first time since 2010 the Bucs began a three game skid with Fitzpatrick being benched for Jameis Winston in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears. Winston started the next three game before being benched in favor for Fitzpatrick against the Cincinnati Bengals. Fitzpatrick went on to start three more games until being benched again for Winston against the New York Giants where Winston would remain the starter for the rest of the season. Despite the Buccaneers leading the league in total passing yards, they only managed to match their 5–11 record from the previous season and finished last in the NFC South for the eighth time in ten seasons. After their Week 15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Buccaneers were eliminated from postseason contention for the 11th straight season. Fitzpatrick posted a 2−5 record while starting while Winston posted a 3−6 recording while starting. The team however set a franchise record 396 points scored on the season.

On December 30, 2018, head coach Dirk Koetter was fired following a Week 17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Bob Davis (quarterback)

Robert Ellerslie Davis, Jr. (born September 15, 1945) is a former American collegiate and Professional Football quarterback. He played at the University of Virginia. Davis played professionally for the American Football League's Houston Oilers, for the NFL's New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, and in the World Football League in 1974 and 1975 for the Florida Blazers and the Philadelphia Bell. 1974 was his best season as he completed 232 of 413 passes for 2977 yards with 21 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

Davis played high school football at Neptune High School.Davis was a resident of the Wayside section of Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Bryce Petty

Bryce William Petty (born May 31, 1991) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Baylor University, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

J. R. Fitzpatrick

John Ryan "J. R." Fitzpatrick (born May 9, 1988) is a Canadian stock car racing driver. Fitzpatrick was the youngest driver to ever win the now defunct CASCAR Super Series championship, winning in the series' final season of 2006 at the age of 18.

Joe Ferguson

Joseph Carlton Ferguson Jr. (born April 23, 1950) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick or FitzPatrick may refer to:

John Fitzpatrick (athlete) (1907–1989), Canadian sprinter

John FitzPatrick (Australian federal politician) (1915–1997), Australian politician

John Fitzpatrick (baseball) (1904–1990), American baseball coach

John Fitzpatrick (cricketer) (1889–1952), Australian cricketer

John Fitzpatrick (footballer, born 1946), Scottish footballer

John Fitzpatrick (Irish footballer), Irish soccer player during the 1890s

John Fitzpatrick (mayor) (1844–1919), Irish-American politician

John Fitzpatrick (New South Wales politician) (1862–1932), Australian politician and journalist

John Fitzpatrick (racing driver) (born 1943), English racing driver

John Fitzpatrick (unionist) (1871–1946), Irish-American union leader

John FitzPatrick, 1st Baron Castletown (1811–1883), Irish politician

John FitzPatrick, 1st Earl of Upper Ossory (1719–1758), Irish peer and member of Parliament

John FitzPatrick, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory (1745–1818), Irish peer and member of Parliament

John Bernard Fitzpatrick (1812–1866), American Roman Catholic bishop

John Clement Fitzpatrick (1876–1940), American archivist and historian

John F. Fitzpatrick (1887–1960), American publisher

John Joseph Fitzpatrick (1918–2006), American Roman Catholic bishop

John Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888–1953), American painter

John Lalor Fitzpatrick (1875–1956), Irish member of Parliament

John M. Fitzpatrick (1948–2014), Irish urologist

John W. Fitzpatrick (born 1951), American ornithologist

J. R. Fitzpatrick (John Ryan Fitzpatrick, born 1988), Canadian racing driver

Johnny Green (gridiron football)

John Edward Green (born October 12, 1937) is a former American collegiate and professional football quarterback who played four American Football League seasons from 1960 to 1963 for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Titans and one season in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts.

Journeyman quarterback

A journeyman quarterback in American football (typically NFL), is a quarterback who plays for several teams over a career. Such a player is typically signed to year-by-year contracts, and may be signed by a team to fill in for an injured starter. The term journeyman is normally pejorative.

The paradigm of a journeyman quarterback might be J. T. O'Sullivan, who spent time with 11 NFL teams (plus the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Frankfurt Galaxy) during his career. Josh Johnson, who is still playing, has also spent time with 12 different NFL teams, the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, and the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football. Chris Chandler started for seven different NFL franchises during his career. He also started for the Los Angeles Rams and St. Louis Rams ten years apart. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is still playing, has also started for seven different NFL franchises.

The journeyman quarterback term is descriptive rather than definitive. Dave Krieg enjoyed a stable 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks, before leaving through Plan B free agency, and then played for five different teams (usually as a starter) over the remaining seven years of his career. But because the years of transition occurred during the later part of his career, Krieg is not generally perceived as a classic journeyman quarterback. Similarly, Mark Rypien, who played for seven years with the Washington Redskins (including a Super Bowl MVP performance in Super Bowl XXVI) before playing for seven different teams for a single season each over the remainder of his career, is not normally regarded as a journeyman for that reason.

List of Buffalo Bills starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. The Bills are a professional American football franchise based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. The team competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The quarterbacks are listed in order of the date of each player's first start for the team at that position.

List of Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Bengals.

List of Houston Texans starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Texans.

List of New York Jets starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the New York Jets of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Jets.

List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Buccaneers.

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