Bucs plans to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a strong start to the 2018 season earning wins in their first two games in convincing fashion behind the play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. With that in mind, Jay Glazer of Fox has reported that Bucs have decided to roll with Fitzpatrick even with Jameis Winston returns to the fold next week when his three-game suspension is completed, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
When quarterback Jameis Winston returns Tuesday from his three-game suspension, Winston will not be reinstalled as the starter. According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the Bucs will stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick instead.
Fitzpatrick has taken full command of the offense in Winston’s place in the first two games of the year behind his impressive play throwing for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns in each game. In fact, his four touchdown passes for more than 50 yards are tied with Hall of Famer Joe Namath for the most through a team’s first two games in a season in NFL history. He is also the first quarterback in Bucs history to put together consecutive games with four touchdown passes and became the first player to have multiple 75-yard touchdown toss in a single game.
He has a huge reason for their success as he has greatly utilized the talent around him the passing game to make the Bucs one of the most explosive offenses in the league. This has seen speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson put together a strong start with nine catches for 275 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Pro Bowl wideout Mike Evans has racked up 17 catches on 19 targets for 230 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Although he will eventually fall off this torrid pace, Fitzpatrick has the chance to secure the starting role for potentially the rest of the 2018 campaign if he continues to push the Bucs to more success.