Ryan Fitzpatrick More Than Capable of Filling in for Geno Smith as Jets Starter

August 12, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Assuming Josh McCown starts in Cleveland and Brian Hoyer in Houston, Ryan Fitzpatrick of the New York Jets entered training camp, according to Spotrac, as the third highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL. 
There's a good reason the Jets gave Fitzpatrick a two-year, $7.25 million deal this offseason, reuniting the veteran with his former coach in Buffalo, Chan Gailey. And while it isn't because they anticipated the presumed starter, Geno Smith, would miss time due to a broken jaw after being sucker-punched by a teammate, per Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith, the reality is the organization has always realized there was a chance Smith would need relief in 2015. 
Can't blame 'em. Among the 29 quarterbacks who have started at least 16 games since Smith entered the league as a second-round pick in 2013, the West Virginia product ranks dead last with a passer rating of 71.5. He's thrown 34 interceptions in just 30 career games and was benched for a sh...

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