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Dolphins Introduce Ryan Fitzpatrick

Alex Donno
March 21, 2019 - 2:28 pm

On Tuesday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick addressed the South Florida media for the first time. 

"Fitzmagic" has played for seven teams prior to joining the Dolphins, including division rivals Jets and Bills. At 36 years old, he brings a wealth of experience to the team. With the Bucaneers last season, Fitzpatrick threw for 400+ yards four times.

Fitzpatrick discussed how much gas he has left in the tank. 

“I’ve been very fortunate," he said. "Physically, I feel great. I broke my leg in 2014 and other than that, for having a 14-year career and as many games as I’ve played in, physically I feel probably as good as I could have ever hoped for or imagined. That was never an issue. For me now, sitting down thinking about do I want to play, do I not want to play, last year really energized me. The last two years really energized me – getting out there on the field and being able to play. I think, as we’ve seen with a lot of these other guys, experience is such a big thing for a quarterback. Fourteen years in, fifteen years in is kind of … It used to be looked at as over the hill or whatever, but it’s kind of the norm now for some of these guys that are playing 16, 17, 18 years and playing good football. I feel like I’m playing really good football right now. Over the last four or five years, I think I’ve taken the next step and hope to continue to improve as we get going.”

Fitzpatrick was asked about the situation he enters in Miami. It's been reported that the Dolphins are 'tanking' for a high draft pick in 2020. So, is he walking into awkward or unfamiliar territory?

“Well, I’ve been in pretty much every situation you can imagine over my career," Fitzpatrick said. "The way that I view this, there’s 32 of these starting gigs in the NFL and this is one of them and the opportunity to be one of those 32 guys is an amazing privilege and honor. So when they approached me about signing on, I was so excited about the chance to get on the field and play. There’s still stuff obviously that we’ve got to figure out – that I’ve got to figure out – because I haven’t thrown with any of the guys or anything like that, but I’m very excited for the opportunity.”

Beyond Fitzpatrick, Miami only has a pair of unproven quarterbacks under contract: Jack Rudock and Luke Falk. Fitzpatrick was asked whether he's been guaranteed a starting job for 2019. 

“Well, we’ve had plenty of conversations," Fitzpatrick said of the Dolphins. "I don’t necessarily need to get into them but again, I know that I’m going into this thing and I’m going to come in from Day 1 and act like and be the starting quarterback for this organization until they tell me that I’m not. It’s just one of those things. Again, nothing is promised in the NFL and I’m just going to keep my head down and go to work.”