NFL Analyst Looking Forward to Seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington, Expects Him to Start

Published 03/17/2021, 2:36 PM EDT
Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Football Team have added a key piece to the quarterback position. Yesterday, Washington signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the team for a one-year, $10 million deal.

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Fitzpatrick is expected to provide bench support and veteran experience to Washington. One NFL analyst is a huge fan of this move.

Rich Eisen spoke on his show about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s big move to the Washington Football Team. He believes that while things can always go wrong, this is a great move for both sides.

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Eisen spoke about how well-received Fitzpatrick is regardless of which locker room he is in. Many in the NFL are big fans of Fitz on and off the field.

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with wide receiver Isaiah Ford (84) after the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“We could sit here and say, ‘There’s going to be a quarterback controversy. We can sit here and say there’s going to be competition.

“There’s no controversy. Fitzpatrick is a beloved figure wherever he goes. Everybody loves to be his teammate. It is infectious, what he does in the locker room and on the field.” 

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Furthermore, Eisen noted that Fitzpatrick brings a big aspect to Washington – his mentorship. He pointed to Fitz’s stint in Miami, where he was a mentor to young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

However, he believes that Fitzpatrick will end up becoming the starting quarterback for Washington, pointing to his stints in other franchises where it happened. Eisen doubled down on his excitement for Fitzpatrick’s tenure in Washington.

“And of course, he mentors. For Tua, he was an invaluable source for him after he got benched in favor of the rookie. But everywhere he goes, he’ll start.

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“Even if Taylor (Heinicke), you win the job in the summer and you’ve earned it, I’m sorry. Everywhere Fitzpatrick goes, he winds up starting. He is going to be a fun watch in 2021.”

Can Ryan Fitzpatrick help the Washington Football Team improve on their record last season? Last year, Washington just scraped by and made the Playoffs on the final day of the season.

The franchise will be hoping to avoid that this year and try to secure a spot relatively early in the season. But the signing of Fitz is a big boost to the franchise, who have struggled at the quarterback position for quite some time now.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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