- Height / Weight
- 6'2" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- November 24, 1982 (35)
- 14th Season
- 2005 / Rd. 7 / Pk. 250 (SL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) was on the Week 3 injury report against the Steelers but practiced in full on Thursday. Aside from Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Fitzpatrick has been the best quarterback in the NFL through two weeks. He has gone 48-for-61 for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Fitz should be fine to play on Monday night and will be facing another juicy matchup against Pittsburgh's secondary. The veteran is a QB1 option if you're hurting at the position already, and he could continue to start in Week 4 when Jameis Winston comes off his suspension.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson would support the decision to stick with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter when Jameis Winston returns from his three-game suspension. "He's been on fire right now," Jackson told NFL Network's Scott Hanson and Willie McGinest on Monday. "With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You can't take the hot man out." Fitzpatrick has thrown for 400-plus yards in the first two games of the season and leads the NFL in passing yards (819) and passer rating among starting QBs (151.5). He's second in touchdown passes (eight) and third in completion percentage (78.7). D-Jax is benefitting as well, catching nine passes on nine targets for 275 yards and three touchdowns through two games. Fitz and the Bucs have another enticing matchup against the Steelers secondary in Week 3, so Fitzpatrick and Jackson could keep the magic going for another game before Winston returns. The Bucs are pumping the breaks on Winston returning as the starter as well, so they may ride the hot hand of Fitzpatrick a while longer. He'll be a popular waiver addition this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles got a big taste of Fitzmagic this past Sunday in Tampa. Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had his second straight week with over 400 yards, exactly four touchdowns, and a win. The league as a whole is stunned that the Bucs are undefeated, especially after opening the season against two playoff-level teams (one being the reigning Super Bowl champions). These past two performances for Fitzpatrick have been improbable and there should still be plenty of doubt in regards to him keeping it up. There are 13 years worth of tape on Fitzpatrick to suggest that this is mostly lucky and will end soon. It may not be this week, but soon enough, Fitzpatrick should return to backing up franchise quarterback Jameis Winston. Enjoy the ride while it lasts though.