|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 225 lb.|
|Born:||November 24, 1982|
|Drafted:||2005 / Rd. 7 (250)|
Coach Brian Flores suggested Fitzpatrick may need to compete with rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa, who has completed his rehab from hip surgery, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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.
Fitzpatrick is facing competition after the Dolphins used the No. 5 overall draft pick on fellow quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (hip).
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.
Fitzpatrick intends to play for the Dolphins in 2020, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick seems to be one 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.
General manager 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Fitzpatrick completed 31 of 52 passes for 419 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Dolphins' 38-35 overtime win against the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed five times for nine yards.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick continued his late-season tear with a spectacular showing against one of the most vulnerable defenses in the league, hitting DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki (twice) and Christian Wilkins on a tackle-eligible play for his touchdowns. Fitzpatrick then led a game-winning march in overtime, one in which he had a pair of key completions to Isaiah Ford to get Miami into field-goal range. Fitzpatrick has now eclipsed the 300-yard mark in three of his last six games, and his 19 touchdown throws are his highest since 2015. He'll look to put a strong finish on a resurgent season in a Week 17 battle against the Patriots.
Fitzpatrick completed 23 of 41 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Giants. He added four carries for 33 yards and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick heated up in the second quarter, capping a string of seven consecutive completions with a 20-yard touchdown to DeVante Parker to open the scoring. He cooled right back down after that, however, failing to notch another touchdown until he found Parker again for a 29-yard score with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The veteran quarterback also remarkably took over as Miami's leading rusher for the season with 219 yards, as he's done his fair share of scrambling while the Dolphins haven't been able to settle on a lead option at the running back position. Coach Brian Flores confirmed after the game that Fitzpatrick will remain the starter when the Dolphins hold the Bengals in Week 16.
Coach Brian Flores said Fitzpatrick will continue to be the starting quarterback for the Dolphins' Week 15 road game against the Giants, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Miami's failure to get into the end zone and instead settle for seven field goals ultimately doomed the team in Sunday's one-point loss to the Jets. Fitzpatrick himself completed 21 of 37 passes for 245 yards and one interception, leaving him with a 13:12 TD:INT in 12 appearances this season. He may have an easier time getting back on the TD ledger this coming weekend versus a Giants defense that entered Week 14 having allowed 22 touchdown passes to quarterbacks in 12 contests in 2019.
Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 37 passes for 245 yards and an interception while adding 65 rushing yards on seven carries in Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick moved the offense well but couldn't convert in close, leading to eight field-goal attempts and seven makes for kicker Jason Sanders. Those who started the veteran signal-caller enjoyed a season-high rushing performance from Fitzpatrick, but his TD:INT this season is an unenviable 13:12.
Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 39 pass attempts for 365 yards, while throwing three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 37-31 win against Philadelphia.
Analysis: It was shaky in the early going for Fitzpatrick, as he threw an interception to Ronald Darby on Miami's first play from scrimmage and absorbed two sacks within the Dolphins' first three offensive drives. He settled in with a 43-yard strike to DeVante Parker on Miami's fourth possession, and threw two more TDs in the second half after the Dolphins fell into a 28-14 third-quarter deficit. Fitzpatrick has thrown to a 8:4 TD:INT with 272 passing yards per game since Week 9, while leading his team to a 3-2 record during that span. He's highly unpredictable given his propensity to commit turnovers in bundles, but Fitzpatrick carries upside heading into a Week 14 matchup against a Jets defense that he lit up for 288 yards and three passing scores Nov. 3.
Coach Brian Flores said Wednesday when asked about Fitzpatrick's shoulder injury that the veteran quarterback is "fighting through it in practice and games, so he'll be out there," Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick has been battling shoulder discomfort for three weeks now, but he hasn't missed any time and managed to practice in full Wednesday. The veteran quarterback is again practicing Thursday, and he'll start against the Eagles on Sunday barring any unforeseen setbacks. Fitzpatrick boasts a physical game -- he's rushed 30 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns this season -- and at age 37, getting nicked up may simply be a necessary consequence of his playstyle.
Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 39 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Dolphins' 41-24 loss to the Browns on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 45 yards and another score and committed one fumble but recovered.
Analysis: The veteran signal-caller celebrated his 37th birthday with a few highlights that were interspersed with a pair of turnovers against an aggressive Browns defense. Fitzpatrick connected with Mike Gesicki and Allen Hurns for his pair of passing scores, but with Miami down by four touchdowns before they were ever able to get into the end zone, Fitzpatrick was frequently facing plenty of crowded secondaries that were keyed in on defending the pass. Fitzpatrick clearly continues to give the Dolphins a fighting chance with his play on most weeks, and he'll look to help deliver the team's third win in a Week 13 battle against the Eagles.
Fitzpatrick (shoulder/forearm) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's tilt against the Browns, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick kicked off the week with back-to-back limited practices, but he looks back to full health after participating without restrictions during Friday's session. As expected, the 36-year-old veteran is set to start under center during Sunday's contest against the Browns. Fitzpatrick has gone two straight games without a passing touchdown, and he'll look to break that streak against a top-10 pass defense in Cleveland.
Fitzpatrick (shoulder/forearm) took part in Friday's practice, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick was limited at practice the last couple days, and he may be Friday, as well. However, with him getting in at least some work at all three of the Dolphins' practice sessions this week, it's looking likely he will be able to give it a go Sunday against the Browns.
Fitzpatrick (shoulder/forearm) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick has now logged back-to-back limited practice sessions to kick off Week 12. The veteran signal-caller still appears on track to start under center in Cleveland on Sunday, but if he manages to practice without limitations during Friday's final session of the week it would alleviate any concerns. Given that Fitzpatrick's forearm and shoulder injuries are both related to his right throwing arm, his health will be worth keeping a close eye on.
Fitzpatrick was limited in Wednesday's practice due to right shoulder and forearm injuries, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick appears to have gotten nicked up during Week 11's loss to the Bills. It's certainly positive that the veteran signal-caller wasn't held out of Wednesday's practice entirely, but the fact that both injuries are related to his throwing arm is somewhat concerning. Fitzpatrick is expected to start against the Browns on Sunday barring any setbacks, and he'll have two more opportunities to practice in full ahead of the contest. Of course, second-year quarterback Josh Rosen is waiting in the wings in the event that Fitzpatrick were unable to go. Cleveland's defense will be forced to operate without Myles Garrett (suspension), Larry Ogunjobi (suspension) and Morgan Burnett (Achilles) in Week 12, and it's quite possible that Olivier Vernon (knee) will also remain sidelined.
Fitzpatrick will make another start Sunday in Cleveland, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick had an unusual stat line in Sunday's 37-20 loss to Buffalo, piling up 45 pass attempts and 323 yards without a touchdown or interception. He's at least been consistently competent since the Dolphins moved him back into the starting role for Week 7, completing 66.1 percent of passes for 6.8 yards per attempt while helping the team pick up a pair of wins. The Cleveland defense is No. 5 in passing yards allowed per game (216.8), No. 8 in sacks (30) and No. 17 in YPA (7.2), but the on-field product Sunday may be something less than the statistics suggest, as DE Myles Garrett (suspension), DT Larry Ogunjobi (suspension) and S Morgan Burnett (Achilles) all will be out of the lineup. There's also a decent chance DE Olivier Vernon (knee) will miss another game, potentially leaving the Browns without each of their top three pass rushers.
Fitzpatrick completed 32 of 45 passes for 323 yards during Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Fitzpatrick marked season highs in attempts, completions, yards and completion percentage, but the Miami defense stalled too often Sunday, with a whopping seven sacks helping stymie drives. The veteran passer has taken 18 sacks over the past four weeks as Miami has struggled to keep teams honest with the running game. Given the team's struggles on the ground, don't be surprised if Fitzpatrick is asked to continue to gun in Sunday despite a matchup against a top-10 pass defense in Cleveland.
Fitzpatrick will start Sunday's game in Buffalo, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Brian Flores apparently changed his mind at some point this week, having previously said he'd stick with Josh Rosen as the starter even after the second-year pro was replaced (and outplayed) by Fitzpatrick in Sunday's 17-16 loss to Washington. The Week 7 matchup couldn't get much worse, with the Dolphins traveling to Buffalo to face a Bills defense that ranks second in the league at 5.5 yards allowed per pass attempt. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions in five games against the Bills.
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