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Ryan Fitzpatrick | Quarterback

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/24/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 223
College: Harvard
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Coach Bill O'Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the Texans' starting quarterback.
This doesn't come as a surprise. "He's a guy that earned the job," O'Brien said. Rookie Tom Savage was the only real threat to Fitzpatrick, but learning yet another system after attending three different colleges, it was going to be a struggle to supplant Fitzpatrick. He'd have to pull a Russell Wilson this summer to overtake Fitzpatrick, who would have to fall flat on his face. Case Keenum and T.J. Yates may be vying for one roster spot, and it's conceivable both could be let go. Fitzpatrick offers little fantasy upside. The Texans will employ a ball-control, run-first offense and let their defense try and take some games. Jun 17 - 1:43 PM

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The Texans' official website admits the team's quarterback job is Ryan Fitzpatrick's to lose.

The Texans are attempting to keep up the absurd guise of competition under center, but Fitzpatrick would have to seriously stumble to lose out to Case Keenum, T.J. Yates or Tom Savage. "We liked the fact that he had played a bunch of football," coach Bill O'Brien said of Fitz. "We liked the fact that he was a guy that we thought would be a good system fit, meaning he was an intelligent guy, a good leader and a guy that was an accurate passer." Our money is heavily on Fitz.
Jun 5 - 10:49 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans' quarterback competition is "wide open."

As the Texans opened OTAs on Tuesday, all four of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, Case Keenum, and T.J. Yates were in attendance and taking reps. Fitzpatrick has to be viewed as the heavy favorite to be under center come Week 1. Savage simply isn't expected to be ready, while Keenum and Yates have proven to be trainwrecks as spot starters the past two seasons. The Texans are going to pound the ball behind a strong line and let FitzMagic manage games.
May 27 - 2:51 PM

Texans agreed to terms with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Texans, on a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4 million guaranteed. The move should signal the end of Matt Schaub's time in Houston. One of the league's streakiest signal callers, "FitzMagic" isn't reliable enough to start, but is an ideal backup. He's a quarterback who can come off the bench and keep an offense moving. In Houston, the bearded Ivy Leaguer will almost certainly be entrusted with mentoring a rookie quarterback. There's a good chance Fitz will start games in 2014, but an even better chance he won't be fantasy relevant outside of deep, two-quarterback formats.
Mar 20 - 6:29 PM

FOX Houston reports free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is visiting the Texans on Thursday.

It's Fitzpatrick's first visit since he was cut loose by the Titans last Friday. It's a sign the Texans are finally getting ready to make a move with Matt Schaub. Fitz would arguably be an upgrade on Schaub, and should come cheaper. He'd be an ideal caddie for a rookie first-rounder.
Mar 20 - 2:24 PM

The Browns are not believed to be interested in free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Former Titans OC Dowell Loggains' presence on the Browns' staff sparked rumors Fitzpatrick would land in Cleveland. Fitzpatrick is a solid backup, but the Browns already have enough of those guys on the roster. They need a starter. Fitzpatrick should latch on as a No. 2 somewhere in the near future.
Mar 15 - 1:54 PM

Titans released QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

We knew this one was coming, but it's still a head scratcher. Fitzpatrick is not quite a starting-caliber quarterback, but is a high-end backup, one capable of winning games. That's important for a team with one of the league's most brittle starters, but instead the Titans are going with an embarrassingly bad Charlie Whitehurst. Fitzpatrick was due just $2.75 million in 2014, so it's not about money. The Titans like Checkdown Charlie's experience in coach Ken Whisenhunt's system, but they're not going to like the chance he gives them to win if he's forced to play. Fitz vaults to the top of a weak quarterback class.
Mar 14 - 3:27 PM

The Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans are expected to release QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The move would save $3.25 million. After signing Charlie Whitehurst to be Jake Locker's backup Thursday, Fitzpatrick is no longer needed. Fitzpatrick is a gazillion times better than Whitehurst, but Whitehurst and coach Ken Whisenhunt have a history. Fitz would vault near the top of a pitiful free-agent QB market.
Mar 13 - 7:41 PM

The Titans could save $3.25 million in cap money by releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick.

We'd consider it a remote possibility. The Titans aren't in a desperate cap situation, Jake Locker is coming off Lisfranc surgery and Fitzpatrick is a plus backup. He started nine games last year, going 3-6 with a 62.0 completion percentage and 14:12 TD-to-INT ratio.
Feb 19 - 11:00 AM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 15-of-24 passes for 166 yards and one interception in Tennessee's Week 17 win over Houston.

Fitzpatrick inked a two-year deal in the offseason and ended up playing in 11 games, starting nine of them, for the Titans. Tennessee went 3-6 in those nine starts. Fitzpatrick is merely a game manager and needs plenty of talent around him in order to succeed. He also turns the ball over too much. The 31-year-old ends his season completing 217-of-350 passes (62 percent) for 2,454 yards (7.01 YPA) and a 14:12 TD:INT ratio. FitzMagic added three more rushing scores. He's set to earn $2.75 million in 2014 and should be back in Tennessee as a competent backup, though who he'll be backing up is unclear.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:36:00 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 17-of-26 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Jaguars.

Fitzpatrick struggled to get anything going in the passing game and the Titans went run-heavy in the second-half, limiting him to just 26 pass attempts. His touchdown came on a 30-yard play-action pass to Nate Washington in the fourth quarter and was his only highlight of the game. Fitzpatrick overthrew a wide open Delanie Walker in the end-zone in the first half and later threw a bad interception trying to force the ball to him in coverage. He was able to make some plays outside the pocket, but was held to just one yard on three carries in the running game. Tennessee will finish off the regular season against Houston in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 36-of-58 throws for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in Tennessee's Week 15 overtime loss to Arizona.

Fitzpatrick surprisingly picked apart a Cardinals defense that failed to generate consistent heat, throwing touchdown passes to Chris Johnson, Delanie Walker, and Michael Preston (twice) to take the game to overtime. Fitzpatrick got lucky in the fourth quarter when Cards ILB Daryl Washington dropped a sure interception that probably would've gone for a pick six, but CB Antoine Cason did the deed in the fourth quarter to put Arizona up 34-17. Fitzpatrick deserves credit for battling back with the Preston TDs, but threw a game-costing pick to Cason (his second of the game) in the extra period. For good measure, Fitzpatrick floated a ten-yard garbage-time TD to Michael Preston late in the fourth quarter. Fitzpatrick will remain a mid-range QB2 in Week 16 at Jacksonville.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:14:00 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 13-of-24 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Denver.

Fitzpatrick started off hot as the Titans stormed to a 21-10 lead, but predictably fizzled in the freezing temperatures. His best throw was a 41-yard bomb to Justin Hunter who beat Quentin Jammer, but he failed to sustain drives even in garbage time. Fitz also failed to use his legs (one rush, four yards) after propping up his fantasy value with scrambles in the previous three weeks. We'd try to find a better QB2 ahead of the Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:54:00 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-37 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Titans' Week 13 loss to Indy.

He added eight scrambles for 54 yards and a touchdown, which saved his fantasy day. The Fitz "Magic" wore off against the Colts on Sunday, as Fitzpatrick threw back-breaking pick after back-breaking pick, including one to ILB Jerrell Freeman on Tennessee's final drive. Fitzpatrick will be a two-quarterback-league option only when the Titans face the Broncos in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-42 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 12 win at Oakland.

Fitzpatrick added five rushes for 26 yards, often spinning away from the pass rush and making things happen. He also sprinkled in some "Fitzmagic," leading the Titans on a game-winning drive capped by a 10-yard strike to Kendall Wright with just 15 seconds left. This came against a Raiders defense that gave up seven touchdowns at home to Nick Foles a few weeks back, but Fitz has proven that he can operate the offense at least as well as Jake Locker could. Over the last three games, he's averaging 268.6 passing yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He'll be a low-end QB2 at Indy in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 07:32:00 PM