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DeSean Jackson wants ‘on fire’ Ryan Fitzpatrick to start even when Jameis Winston returns

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are burning hot right now with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran QB has been on fire to start the season, leading the Bucs to an improbable 2-0 record as he fills in for suspended star Jameis Winston. Winston is set to return after Week 3, though, which could leave the Bucs with a tough decision to make.

But DeSean Jackson doesn’t think there’s much of a debate as to who should start at quarterback. The veteran wideout believes the Bucs should stick with Fitzpatrick as their starter even when Winston returns.

“He’s been on fire right now,” Jackson told NFL Network’s Scott Hanson and Willie McGinest per Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You can’t take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It’s like NBA Jam. We used to play NBA Jam — whoever’s got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man.

“It’s not my decision but I’m sure [coach] Dirk [Koetter] and [offensive coordinator Todd] Monken and the guys that make those calls, they’ll make sure they stay on fire until that fire is out.”

No one will argue with Jackson that Fitzpatrick is shooting flames at the moment. He’s thrown for over 400 yards in back-to-back games and leads the league with 819 passing yards. He’s also second in touchdown passes (8) and third in completion percentage (78.7). Jackson has benefited significantly from Fitzpatrick’s fine start. He currently leads the team with 275 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bucs still have to face the Steelers in Week 3 before Winston’s return. By that time, the FitzMagic may have worn off a little, which would open the door for Winston to reclaim his starting spot. But if Fitzpatrick continues his incredible play, there’s no reason for the Bucs to change anything up.