Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets Now Official

By Alan Schechter

The New York Jets have now acquired that veteran quarterback they desired, although it was via trade, rather than free agency.

The Jets have acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports, in exchange for a conditional late round draft pick. This was expected, as Fitzpatrick became an extra piece with Brian Hoyer coming into town. At 32 years old, Fitzpatrick will compete for the starting quarterback job with Geno Smith as well as serve as a mentor.

Fitzpatrick is not a “great” quarterback by any means. I can understand where some might be hesitant, but Fitzpatrick is better than you think. Last season, he completed over 63% of his passes, threw for 17 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. It has been quite some time since anyone in a Jets uniform posted numbers like that.

We know the Gailey connection as well. Fitzpatrick gave the NFL his best work with Chan Gailey as his coach. Maybe he can work that magic again. Don’t forget the connection with Mike Maccagnan as well. Being in Houston with Fitzpatrick last year, Maccagnan knows why this guy can do. He wouldn’t have made the move if he didn’t feel good about it, and the Jets do have an extra late round pick after the Marshall trade.

I believe in this, it’s a good move to bring Fitzpatrick here.