Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to play in 2021

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to continue his career next season.

The 38-year-old Fitzpatrick will be an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in eight games in 2020, starting seven and throwing for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The Dolphins replaced Fitzpatrick with Tua Tagovailoa as the starter during the season. The veteran is open to returning to Miami or heading elsewhere.

“For me personally, I have to take every offseason now and just reassess. I know these last two years have really re-lit that fire under me,” Fitzpatrick said during an interview with the Pat McAfee Show. ” I still want to play. I enjoy being out there playing. Things are a little more complicated for me now with my oldest going into high school and six little ones trailing behind him. So, there’s a lot of thought that has to go into this thing, but I still love playing the game.”

In 165 career games (146 starts), Fitzpatrick has passed for 34,977 yards, 223 touchdowns and 169 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick acknowledged that it was tough to lose his starting job, but he offered praise for Tagovailoa.

“Tua was the guy that was willing — I think that’s the first thing, guys have to be willing to ask questions and willing to learn and he did a good job with all that,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s hard to play quarterback in this league, especially as a rookie, and he came in and did a great job. … It was a great year of experience for him, and I look forward to big things in the future for him.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raidersat Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins’ Fitzpatrick tests positive for COVID-19

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19, the NFL Network reported on Thursday.

Fitzpatrick did not practice on Thursday for the Dolphins, who will have rookie Tua Tagovailoa under center three days later in their regular-season finale against the host Buffalo Bills.

Miami has yet to publicly comment on the reason for Fitzpatrick’s absence.

Fitzpatrick, 38, has completed 183 of 267 passes for 2,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games this season.

Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, has thrown for 1,453 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in nine games this season.

Fitzpatrick relieved Tagovailoa in a 26-25 last-second win over the host Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 26, making a key 41-yard pass while under pressure to set up the decisive field goal.

Quarterback Jake Rudock was signed on Thursday and he participated in practice and is expected to serve as the backup to Tagovailoa against Buffalo.

The Dolphins (10-5) will clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Bills (12-3) in Buffalo. A loss by the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts or Baltimore Ravens also would send Miami to the postseason for just the third time since 2001.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins’ Flores: Tua game-time decision vs. Bengals

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, coach Brian Flores told reporters Thursday.

Tagovailoa, 22, injured his left thumb after inadvertently hitting his throwing hand on a helmet during practice drills last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick started on Sunday and guided the Dolphins (7-4) to a 20-3 win over the New York Jets.

The fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tagovailoa was limited in practice on Wednesday while sporting black tape covering his wrist and thumb.

“We’ll take it one day at a time,” Flores said on Thursday. “Both quarterbacks practiced (Wednesday). We’ll see how (Tagovailoa) progresses throughout the week and make a decision on Sunday.”

Tagovailoa has completed 60 of 97 passes for 602 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions this season. He is 3-1 as a starter since taking over for Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, 38, has completed 174 of 254 passes for 1,909 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season, which is his 16th in the NFL. He played with the Bengals during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) warm up prior to facing the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins downgrade Tua to doubtful; Fitzpatrick in line to start

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

The designation on Saturday means that veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick could be under center against one of his many former teams.

The Dolphins (6-4) also elevated rookie quarterback Reid Sinnett from the practice squad to the active roster for the game against the winless Jets (0-10) in East Rutherford, N.J.

Tagovailoa, 22, injured his left thumb after slamming his throwing hand on a helmet during practice drills on Wednesday.

The fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tagovailoa has completed 60 of 97 passes for 602 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Fitzpatrick, 38, has completed 150 of 215 passes for 1,652 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season, which is his 16th in the NFL. He played with the Jets during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back during the second half against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins to turn to Tagovailoa after bye week

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be the team’s starter when it plays its next game, ESPN reported on Tuesday morning.

Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, replaced veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and completed both of his pass attempts for nine yards during the latter stages of the Dolphins’ 24-0 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

The Dolphins (3-3) return from their bye week to host the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1.

The Dolphins repeatedly have said that they were not going to rush the development of Tagovailoa, 22, who had been listed as the team’s No. 2 quarterback for each game this season.

Tagovailoa is coming off surgery for a hip injury he sustained while playing for Alabama last season.

Tagovailoa left the storied Crimson Tide program as No. 1 in school history in completion percentage (69.3 percent), touchdown passes in a season (43 in 2018) and career passing touchdowns (87). He threw for 7,442 yards in his 32 games with Alabama.

Fitzpatrick, 37, has completed 138 of 197 passes for 1,535 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, which is his 16th in the NFL.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Austin Jackson (73) blocks Seattle Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa (95) in front of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fitzpatrick to start for Dolphins against 49ers

The Miami Dolphins will start veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the road Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced Tuesday.

The calls are growing for the Dolphins (1-3) to turn to rookie Tua Tagovailoa, but coach Brian Flores said Monday he won’t be pressured into making the change,

Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is coming off of surgery for a hip injury he suffered while playing for Alabama last season. He has yet to take a snap for the Dolphins.

“He’s checked all the boxes from a medical standpoint,” Flores said of the rookie on Monday. “He has. Look, the honest thing for me is if it was my kid, and he had a serious injury like that, I wouldn’t want his coach to throw him in there because of media pressure or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approach this situation and really all situations. The players, essentially, they are my kids. So no one is going to pressure me into doing anything. When we feel like he’s ready to go, we’ll put him in.”

Fitzpatrick has completed 69 percent of his passes for 994 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. The 37-year-old is in his 16th season.

Tagovailoa has been active all four games and listed as the No. 2 quarterback.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) passes the ball Ibn front of New England Patriots linebacker Shilique Calhoun (90) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Fitzpatrick to start for Dolphins despite 3-interception opener

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be at quarterback when the Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, despite a three-interception performance in Miami’s Week 1 loss.

Coach Brian Flores made the announcement of his starter on Monday after making it clear he wasn’t happy with the quarterback play in his postgame comments on Sunday. Fitzpatrick completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 191 yards in the 21-11 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

If Flores was considering a switch to Tua Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, perhaps he decided not give the rookie the start against the tough Buffalo defense. The Bills beat the Jets 27-17 on Sunday, stifling New York quarterback Sam Darnold and sacking him three times. On the day, Darnold was 21-of-35 passing for 215 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.

Fitzpatrick, 37, is in his 16th season, playing for his eighth team. He has a 55-84-1 career record as a starter.

The Dolphins will meet the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week 3.

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins’ Fitzpatrick misses scrimmage after mother’s death

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick exited before the start of Saturday’s scrimmage after learning of the death of his mother.

Fitzpatrick joined his teammates for pre-scrimmage stretching, but left with coach Brian Flores after what appeared to be an intimate discussion. Flores walked Fitzpatrick to the tunnel with his arm around the QB, then returned without him.

Flores explained the situation afterward.

“Fitz has tried to work through. He’s always tried to practice. It’s a tough situation. Our hearts go out to him as a team and an organization. … There’s things bigger than football,” Flores said.

Rookie Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen led the teams in the scrimmage in his absence, but Fitzpatrick remains the likely starter for Week 1.

“There’s no QB controversy. He’s not retiring. He’s not opting out,” said Flores, per ESPN. “He’s going to take as much time as he needs. We’re going to give him time to grieve. … My thought on this is he’s going to try to get back as quick, as soon as he can. But we’re going to give him as much time as he needs.”

Fitzpatrick, 37, is entering the second season of a two-year, $11 million contract — $7 million of it guaranteed — with the Dolphins.

The Dolphins are Fitzpatrick’s eighth team and he has a 55-83-1 career record. Last season in 15 games (13 starts), he completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 3,529 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

NFL Week 8 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

NFL Week 8 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

Another day, another quarterback change in Tampa Bay. It’s not often that teams bench a starter, try someone else at the position, and then go back to the original starter. And yet, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting next week vs. the Panthers. Keep in mind, he led the Buccaneers to a 2-0 start, beating the defending champs and handing New Orleans their only loss. Then he almost led a miraculous 2nd half comeback following a dismal first half performance vs the Steelers. Week 4 is where it really went down hill. He went 9/18 for 126 yards and 1 interception, and was benched for Jameis Winston. Since then, it appeared that Tampa Bay was set on Winston as a starter, but here we are awaiting what Fitzmagic can produce vs. a hot Carolina team in week 9.

Also, the Houston Texans have won their last 5 games.

Notable Performances

  • Deshaun Watson tossed 239 yards and 5 touchdowns
  • Patrick Mahomes tossed for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns
  • Marlon Mack, Joe Mixon, and James Connor all rushed for 100+ yards and 2 touchdowns
  • 12 Players with 100+ receiving yards
  • 6 Players with 2 receiving touchdowns

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