New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been good for the AFC East franchise this season and is on the verge of taking the team to the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Since taking over under center before the start of the season due to Geno Smith injury caused by IK Enemkpali, the Harvard quarterback has thrown for 3,129 yards, 25 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, achieving a quarterback rating of 89.8.
The 33-year-old also has a completed 60 per cent of his 445 attempts this season, and ultimately, he is playing the same kind of level he was at the Houston Texans last year, expect he is throwing more touchdowns.
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Fitzpatrick recently said to the New York Post that he would: "love to be back" for the Jets next year, as he only has a one-year deal with the team which is yet to be extended by the AFC East franchise. If he isn't given another year by the team, however, it is likely a lot of teams would be after his signature in the free agency.
He said about his decision to go to New York: “I felt like it was an opportunity for me to play, which in having been cut and having been released and traded and all the different things that I’ve been through in my career, you never know when opportunities are going to come. Just try to take advantage of that the best I can.”
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Fitzpatrick has played for six different teams across his NFL career but didn't really make an impact until he arrived at the Buffalo Bills. He is now breaking out once again with a good receiving corps in New York.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has achieved "89 receptions for 1,187 yards and 11 touchdowns, while teammate Eric Decker has 66 receptions for 875 yards and nine touchdowns," according to Pro Football Talk. The 33-year-old could be seen as one of the main reasons behind this improvement in the passing game.
With all this in mind, a deal should be coming soon for Fitzpatrick to stay with the Jets, as he has well and truly deserved it. It will be an even better one if the team makes the playoffs but nevertheless, you can pretty much guarantee the Harvard quarterback will be playing for another NFL team next season. Maybe a return to Houston perhaps?