Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the flashiest quarterback. He doesn't wow anyone with his mobility or arm strength, but he's a very capable quarterback who could lead the Houston Texans back in the direction they are searching.
A former draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, there will be many fans jumping on his bandwagon, especially with 66/1 odds for the Houston Texans to win the Super Bowl according to www.bonuscorner.com. He's a likeable guy, a family man, and one of the few Ivy League players in the NFL.
As the Texans and Ryan Fitzpatrick start their journey there will be stories about his Wonderlic test, being from Harvard, and even his beard that is grown out during the season. But there was a time Fitzpatrick sat on the Bills bench under a struggling Trent Edwards.
His first opportunity came October 18, 2009 against the New York Jets when Edwards went down with an injury. Fitzpatrick would lead the Bills to a 16-13 overtime win while throwing for 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Fitzpatrick would end the season 3-3 but then Trent Edwards was again given a chance in 2010 under new head coach Chan Gailey.
After a quick 0-2 start, the switch was made for good. He started to show his “gunslinger” mentality in a 49-31 comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns, including three to Stevie Johnson. This performance marked the first time in NFL history that a team had come back from 17 points down to win by 18 or more.
The 2011 season would be his first full season as the starting quarterback and then signed a $59 million contract extension for six years.
After the deal, Fitzpatrick struggled at times and ended the season throwing one less total interceptions than touchdowns. (24 TD’s, 23 INT’s) He would be released in 2013.
Signed by the Tennessee Titans, he would back up Jake Locker and due to injury, play in 11 games in the 2013 season. He finished with a 3-6 record and was released in 2014.
Now the starting quarterback of the Texans, he isn't Johnny Manziel or Tom Brady. No one ever said that, but he is a capable quarterback. A team with a solid running game and strong defense could use his services and could be just what the Texans need.