Ryan Fitzpatrick is called from bullpen and impresses in win
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The New York Jets looked good with Geno Smith at quarterback, but the good times didn’t last. So the Jets had to rely on an old friend to come in relief.
All hope looked lost for the New York Jets after their fourth straight loss on Monday Night Football. Which resulted in the team turning to quarterback Geno Smith for a spark. Unfortunately despite Smith’s success early in the game, he got bit by the injury bug late in the second quarter. The Jets then had to turn to former starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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He went four-for-four and led the Jets right down the field for the touchdown. The reason for his benching in the first place was because he led the NFL in interceptions, and he also possessed the worst completion percentage in the NFL.
Fitzpatrick didn’t do it himself, finally, the Jets defense rose to the occasion. They forced two turnovers and gave the Jets offense short fields to work with. It has been an issue all season for the Jets.
Fitzpatrick helped the Jets snap a four-game losing streak and kept hope alive for the rest of this season. While on the other side of the coin, it’s an unfortunate injury for Smith who really looked poised throughout the first half prior to his injury.
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Smith got to display his superior arm talent and mobility. While his receivers dropped a lot of catchable balls, he was pretty much on point.
The injury looked gruesome, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power.
Smith said in the postgame presser via the Media Relations Department, that he didn’t think the knee injury will be anything too significant.
The team has a difficult decision to make for next week. Last week, head coach Todd Bowles mistakenly flip-flopped on the quarterback decision. He opted to avoid that issue this week.
After the game, Bowles didn’t provide much clarity on the quarterback situation:
“It’s too early to tell” when asked if Smith is healthy enough to play that he’ll start next week. Bowles also said they’re going to do more tests on Smith to evaluate his status, no update on his injury.
It seems this quarterback carousel will continue to be a headline throughout this season for the Jets. Since 1970, only two teams have rallied from a 1-5 start to make the postseason. Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs became the second team to accomplish that feat.
Next for the Jets is a road trip to the worst team in football in the Cleveland Browns. The schedule gets much easier for the Jets down the stretch. They only have to play two more games against playoff teams from last season and both of those games are against the New England Patriots.
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So while the playoffs aren’t likely, there’s still a chance. The Jets have a chance to build some momentum with their next three games against the Browns, the Dolphins, and the Rams.