The New York Jets quarterback situation improved from a depth standpoint on Wednesday when the team acquired veteran signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Houston Texans in exchange for a late-round pick.
It remains to be seen whether Fitzpatrick will compete for the starting gig in training camp, but that has to be the expectation right now.
Fitzpatrick, 32, started 12 games for the Texans last season. He led the team to a 6-6 record while throwing 17 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. It was the former Harvard star’s best statistical season in what has been a mediocre career.
Originally selected in the seventh round of the 2005 draft by the St. Louis Rams, Fitzpatrick has started 89 games in a 10-year NFL career. From 2009-2012, he started a total of 53 games for the Buffalo Bills, throwing 16 more touchdowns than interceptions during that span.
For the Jets, this move doesn’t necessarily indicate that they are not going to hit on a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft late next month. The team has been linked to Marcus Mariota, and this doesn’t change anything.
However, we can expect a training camp battle between Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and whoever else the Jets decide to bring in.
Smith, a second-round pick in 2013, has been a disaster in his short time as the Jets starter. He has thrown 25 touchdowns compared to 34 interceptions in 29 starts over the past two years. The Jets are just 11-18 with Smith at the helm during that span.
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