|Date of Birth||11/24/1982|
|Height, Weight||6'2", 228 lbs|
|Drafted||2005 - Rd 7 (250th Overall) by|
Fitzpatrick completed 23 of 35 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Dolphins' 31-21 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed six times for 13 yards and another score and committed two fumbles but lost neither.
Fitzpatrick was back in a stadium where he threw for 71 touchdowns between the 2010 and 2012 seasons, and he seemed to recapture some of that same magic on an afternoon when the winless Dolphins put a legitimate scare into the Bills. Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker for his one touchdown pass, which came from 12 yards out in the latter portion of the second quarter. The veteran quarterback then brought the Miami sidelines to life by capping off an 11-play, 60-yard fourth-quarter drive with a gutsy 11-yard scoring scramble that he finished by lowering his shoulder to get into the end zone. Fitzpatrick was reinstated as the starter mid-week after coach Brian Flores backtracked from an earlier statement that Josh Rosen would keep the top job, and given Fitzpatrick's performance Sunday, he's certainly poised to helm the passing attack again in a Week 8 Monday night matchup versus the Steelers.
The Dolphins named Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Brian Flores apparently changed his mind at some point this week, having previously said he would stick with Josh Rosen as the starter even after the second-year pro was replaced (and outplayed) by Fitzpatrick in the Week 6 loss to Washington. The Week 7 matchup couldn't get much worse, with the Dolphins traveling to Buffalo to face a Bills defense that ranks second in the league at 5.5 yards allowed per pass attempt. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions in five games against the Bills.
Fitzpatrick replaced Josh Rosen (coach's decision) during Sunday's 17-16 loss, completing 12 of 18 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown while adding five yards on two carries. Head coach Brian Flores said after the game that Rosen will remain the starter, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.
Fitzpatrick came in early in the fourth quarter and led Miami's only two touchdown drives during his four series, capping off the fourth with an 11-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker that the veteran passer whipped in during the game's final seconds. The Dolphins went for the win on the next play, but Fitzpatrick was unable to connect with Kenyan Drake. Despite Sunday's near-heroics, Fitzpatrick has put up poor numbers this season, and it'd make little sense to start him ahead of Rosen on a team that is playing for 2020. If he's forced into relief again in Week 7, it'll be against a stingy Buffalo defense.
Fitzpatrick is entering Sunday's game against the Redskins in the fourth quarter, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Fitzpatrick replaced Rosen under center with the Dolphins down 17-3, and he'll work to get the team's aerial attack going for the first time all game. Before being relieved by Fitzpatrick, Rosen had 15 completed passes for 85 yards and two interceptions. The second-year pro had also been sacked five times.