A million-dollar question heading into the season for the Washington Football Team. How will QB Ryan Fitzpatrick perform this season? The NFL journeyman has started for eight different teams throughout his career. He recently signed a one-year deal with Washington this offseason.
Fitzpatrick played well for the Dolphins last year, but not well enough to prevent the 5th overall pick in the 2020 draft, QB Tua Tagovailoa, from starting at the end of the season. That was mostly due to the Dolphins wanting to see Tua play, rather than an issue with Fitzpatrick’s performances.
Fitzpatrick produced 2091 yards, 13 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while playing in nine games. Not stats that jump off the stat sheet, but not awful either.
New Era In Washington
Fitzpatrick enters a much more solid team than he did in 2020. Washington has a decent offensive line led by star guard Brandon Scherff. This offensive line is already much better than Miami’s.
Second-year star RB Antonio Gibson returns after a breakout rookie season. The receiving room is looking very dangerous as well. Former Ohio State Buckeye Terry McLaurin is the clear-cut WR1 on the team. Deep threat Dyami Brown was drafted in April. Don’t forget QB turned TE Logan Thomas too. With the versatile Curtis Samuel now joining the group, Fitzpatrick has all the weapons he needs to succeed.
Fitzpatrick doesn’t need to put up record-breaking numbers either. The Football Team has built an elite defense over the last few years, starting with a star-studded defensive line consisting of four first-round picks.
One of the problems is that Washington’s schedule contains a bunch of impressive defenses. The Football Team will play the Chargers, Bills, Saints, Chiefs, Packers, Broncos, Buccanneers, Panthers, Seahawks, Eagles, and Giants this season.
FitzMagic Will Be Back
I think that FitsMagic will strike again this season. All he needs to do is perform well enough to score some points every game and let the defense do its job. He’s shown to be a capable game manager. Teammates have already raved about the communication skills of the quarterback. It seems that the offense and player are jelling quickly in Washington.