Fitzpatrick said he's already built chemistry with his pass catchers and expects to spread the ball around this season, NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Terry McLaurin will be the focal point of the passing game, but he should have more help around him this year after Washington acquired Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason. On the other hand, Fitzpatrick was the only significant addition at quarterback, joining 2020 holdovers Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen (leg) and Steven Montez. Given those alternatives, the 38-year-old Fitzpatrick should have some margin for error in the starting role, especially early in the season while he's still getting the hang of a new system under offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
Jul 13, 2021 8:24 AM EST
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 (concussion) since adding Fitzpatrick in mid-March.
Apr 1, 2021 8:13 AM EST
Fitzpatrick agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with Washington on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 38-year-old spent the past two seasons in Miami and appeared in nine games during 2020 while completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions and also rushing for 151 yards and two more scores. Fitzpatrick began last season as the starter for the Dolphins before Tua Tagovailoa took over the job, but the journeyman is now on track to start for Washington in 2021. The Football Team recently cut Alex Smith, and next man up Taylor Heinicke (shoulder) remains wholly unproven despite a solid playoff performance. It will be Fitzpatrick's ninth different team as he enters his 17th season in the NFL.
Mar 15, 2021 8:17 PM EST
Fitzpatrick plans to play football in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Retirement rumors have been circulating, but Rapoport suggests they aren't accurate. Fitzpatrick, an impending free agent, figures to search outside Miami for a starting job, as his performance in recent seasons has left little doubt he's one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the NFL. However, he's 38 years old and isn't a top-10 QB, so most teams with vacancies at the position figure to view him as a fallback option rather than a priority.
Mar 8, 2021 11:52 AM EST
The Dolphins activated Fitzpatrick (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Considering the timing of this transaction, Fitzpatrick likely would have been unavailable in the wild-card round if the Dolphins had netted one of three wild-card spots in the AFC part of the postseason bracket. In his age-38 season, he played well when called upon, logging time in nine games and starting seven of them on his way to 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 69-percent passing. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, but considering his efforts and Tua Tagovailoa's struggles at times as a rookie, Miami may seek to bring back Fitzpatrick as a mentor for the young QB and a proven entity at the position.
Jan 11, 2021 5:37 PM EST
The Dolphins placed Fitzpatrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, an indication that his positive result came as a surprise for the Dolphins. The team signed Jake Rudock to replace him as the No. 2 option behind Tua Tagovailoa for Sunday's game against the Bills. Cameron Wolfe of ESPN notes that Fitzpatrick could be in jeopardy of missing Miami's first playoff game should the team earn a postseason berth, due to the timetable required for him to garner full clearance.
Dec 31, 2020 12:58 PM EST
Fitzpatrick has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Assuming that's confirmed, Fitzpatrick will land on the reserve/COVID-19 list . As a result, Jake Rudock is slated to be added to Miami's active roster to serve as Tua Tagovailoa's backup this weekend.
Dec 31, 2020 10:26 AM EST
Fitzpatrick (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It's unclear why Fitzpatrick missed practice Thursday, but the QB practiced Wednesday, so Wolfe indicates that it doesn't appear to be injury-related. If he's available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Fitzpatrick -- who finished up Miami's Week 16 win over the Raiders -- is slated to back up Tua Tagovailoa.
Dec 31, 2020 10:02 AM EST
Fitzpatrick entered Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders in the fourth quarter, completing nine of 13 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick took over for a timid Tua Tagovailoa (17 of 22 for just 94 yards) midway through the fourth quarter, and the veteran immediately displayed his signature tendency to push the ball downfield. His first drive led the Dolphins to a field goal, while his second resulted in a touchdown courtesy of a 59-yard sideline catch by Myles Gaskin. Dolphins fans will most remember Fitzpatrick's third and final drive of the night, however. The savvy veteran got the ball back with just nineteen seconds remaining and Miami down two points, and he immediately connected with Mack Hollins on a deep shot to set up the game-winning field goal, while simultaneously drawing a facemask penalty. Coming off such a strong performance, and given how effective Fitzpatrick has proven to be in this offense, it's possible that the Dolphins could have a tough decision to make at quarterback for Week 17's key matchup against the Bills.
Dec 26, 2020 8:37 PM EST
Fitzpatrick is likely to serve as Miami's backup quarterback Sunday against the Bengals with Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) expected to start, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: After sitting out Miami's Week 12 win over the Jets with an injured left thumb, Tagovailoa practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday before taking a questionable designation into the weekend. As Rapoport notes, Tagovailoa still handled most of the reps with the first-team offense this week despite his limitations, so barring any setbacks in warmups, the rookie will be back under center Sunday. Fitzpatrick had been serviceable in place of Tagovailoa last week, completing 24 of 39 attempts for 257 yards and two touchdowns.
Dec 6, 2020 6:09 AM EST
Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for 257 yards and two touchdowns during the Dolphins' 20-3 win over the Jets. He also had three carries for 10 yards and fumbled once.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick started Sunday's game in place of Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), and he didn't have to do too much in order to earn a divisional win over the lifeless Jets. The aged veteran reprised his 2019 form by showcasing a lethal connection with DeVante Parker, whom he targeted 14 times, connecting on eight of those occasions for 119 yards. In the red zone, Fitzpatrick instead opted to look toward the Dolphins' tight ends, connecting with both Mike Gesicki and Adam Shaheen for scores. If Fitzpatrick ends up drawing another start against the Bengals in Week 13, he'll be in the mix as a tempting streaming option at quarterback.
Nov 29, 2020 1:14 PM EST
Fitzpatrick is in line to start Sunday against the Jets after Tua Tagovailoa (left thumb) was downgraded to doubtful, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Tagovailoa's damaged throwing thumb will likely set the stage for Fitzpatrick to return to the starting lineup against the team he last played as the starting quarterback for the Dolphins. While the contest got out of hand by the end of the first half, Fitzpatrick did throw for three touchdowns, although he also tied for a three-start low in terms of passing yards (191) thanks to the massive score differential. Considering the matchup, the veteran quarterback is certainly a worthy streaming option at quarterback, especially with a running game that could be without the top two starters Myles Gaskin (knee, eligible to return off IR) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder).
Nov 28, 2020 11:43 AM EST
Fitzpatrick replaced Tua Tagovailoa for the final two drives of Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos, completing 12 of 18 passes for 117 yards and an interception.
Analysis: The Dolphins' offensive line had trouble protecting Tagovailoa, who got sacked six times before being removed, but Fitzpatrick committed Miami's only turnover of the afternoon after leading the team to a field goal on his first possession. Per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, coach Brian Flores has no plans to switch back to Fitzpatrick as his starter, and the veteran will remain the No. 2 QB in Week 12 against the Jets.
Nov 22, 2020 5:30 PM EST
Fitzpatrick has been replaced by Tua Tagovailoa as the Dolphins' starting quarterback, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick has fared mostly well this season, throwing for 300 yards in three games, tossing multiple touchdowns four times and throwing multiple picks on three occasions. Overall, his line is fair enough -- 70.5 percent passing, 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns versus seven interceptions through six contests -- but after Tagovailoa got on the field in garbage time this past Sunday against the Jets, Miami will move forward with the the fifth overall pick of the 2020 draft under center. The Tagovailoa era will begin after the Dolphins' bye week on Nov. 1 versus the Rams.
Oct 20, 2020 8:46 AM EST
Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 27 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The veteran QB lit up one of his many former clubs in the first half, throwing all three of his TDs before the break, but neither offense could get much going in the second half -- the two squads combined for eight punts in the final two quarters. Fitzpatrick has a 10:7 TD:INT in six starts heading into the Dolphins' Week 7 bye, and he's likely played well enough to delay having to hand the No. 1 job over to rookie Tua Tagovailoa any time soon.
Oct 18, 2020 7:35 PM EST
Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 28 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns while gaining 16 yards on three carries during Sunday's 43-17 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick came through with one of the most efficient performances of his career as he averaged 12.5 yards per attempt en route to a new season high in passing yardage. He threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and avoided turning the ball over after throwing a pair of interceptions in last week's loss to Seattle. Fitzpatrick has now topped 300 passing yards in three of five games this season and has multiple touchdown passes with no interceptions in three games as well. He continues to surprise for what was supposed to be a futile Dolphins offense and will look to keep it up in a favorable matchup against the Broncos next Sunday.
Oct 11, 2020 6:35 PM EST
Fitzpatrick will remain he Dolphins' starting quarterback Sunday at San Francisco, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: On Monday, coach Brian Flores induced rumblings about a QB change when he wouldn't commit to Fitzpatrick as the starter for Week 5. One day later, though, the Dolphins hav decided to stick with Fitzpatrick for the time being. While he's completing a career-best 69 percent of his passes, he's averaging 248.5 passing yards per game and has four touchdowns versus five interceptions, leading the team to a 1-3 record. Fitzpatrick seems to be a placeholder at the position until Flores believes 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa is ready to take the reigns of Miami's offense.
Oct 6, 2020 8:13 AM EST
Coach Brian Flores said Monday that he hasn't decided on a starting quarterback for Week 5, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Flores said he "would assume" Fitzpatrick starts in San Francisco on Sunday, per Beasley, but that the team will have further discussions tonight. While Fitzpatrick played clean in Week 3's win over Jacksonville and has kept games relatively close against tough competition, the Dolphins have emerged with just one win at the quarter point of the regular season. The pressure to see whether rookie first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa can spark the offense appears to be mounting, though Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post notes that Flores wants to avoid rushing the 22-year-old.
Oct 5, 2020 11:13 AM EST
Fitzpatrick completed 29 of 45 passes for 315 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Dolphins' 31-23 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He also rushed six times for 47 yards and a score.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick's final line looked good from a fantasy perspective, save for his two interceptions. However, the veteran quarterback's two picks came in the second half, with the second particularly critical since it came with 4:27 remaining and Miami trying to overcome a 24-15 deficit. Fitzpatrick also dealt with a temporary absence of lead receiver DeVante Parker (ankle) in the first half, and he continued to demonstrate widespread rapport with his fellow skill-position players by hitting 10 different pass catchers on the afternoon. The Dolphins are just 1-3 through the first four games, but Fitzpatrick now has a pair of 300-yard games and still appears to be in firm control of the starting job. The veteran will look to eliminate the miscues in a tough Week 5 road matchup against the 49ers.
Oct 4, 2020 1:53 PM EST
Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 31-13 win over the Jaguars on Thursday. He also rushed seven times for 38 yards and another score and logged one reception for no gain.
Analysis: In the Week 2 loss to the Bills, Fitzpatrick went a long way toward resembling the quarterback who knows coordinator Chan Gailey's offense intimately from having run it with ample success in both Buffalo and New York. Thursday, game script didn't call for Fitzpatrick to be anywhere near as active through the air, but the efficiency he demonstrated was that of a quarterback completely comfortable within a system. The veteran finished with a 133.3 rating for the night, misfiring only twice while averaging 8.0 yards per attempt and notching completions to seven different pass catchers. With the air attack now seemingly considerably ahead of where it was just two weeks ago in the opener against the Patriots, Fitzpatrick and his teammates will utilize some much-needed extra time to gear up for a formidable Week 4 interconference challenge in the form of the visiting Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 4.
Sep 24, 2020 8:32 PM EST
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