After a back-and-forth stalemate with the New York Jets over his contract, he finally signed a deal in late July for one year and $12 million.
With that out of the way, Fitzpatrick pivots again to face his oldest foe of all: people thinking he’s garbage — specifically, the anonymous NFL coaches and front offices execs who collaboratively ranked him the 25th-best quarterback in the league in an ESPN poll.
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Fitzpatrick, who threw for a career-best 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, responded to the ranking in mock surprise Thursday, per the NY Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
It’s amazing that I’ve been the worst quarterback in the league for the last 11 years and somehow I’m still in the league.
"Where was I?!" Fitzpatrick asked when told about the ranking.
"That’s pretty typical, right?" Fitzpatrick said. "It’s amazing that I’ve been the worst quarterback in the league for the last 11 years and somehow I’m still in the league. It’s amazing how that happens, but it happens every year."
In the tiered ranking, Fitzpatrick garnered a spot near the bottom of the third tier, which is described as "legit starter, but needs heavy run game/defense to win."