Brad Rempel-US PRESSWIRE
Fitzpatrick has underrated abilities as a passer on the move.
A 25-play sample size and 56-percent completion percentage doesn’t exactly lend credibility to this assertion.
Nevertheless, the two-game sample that predicates this article offers sufficient evidence.
In the first series against the Redskins, Fitzpatrick threw a strike to Stevie Johnson on a sideline-timing route. After executing an effective throw on a quick slant over the middle, he hit Johnson in stride once again on the left sideline for a touchdown.
(Only problem was that refs called it back due to that aforementioned illegal formation.)
Fitz continued hitting the short and intermediate routes. He then completed one of his best passes of the preseason.
Tight end Scott Chandler ran a deep-seam route. Fitzpatrick threw an absolute bullet on the money where only his receiver could make the catch up high and in stride with his 6'7" frame.
Fitzpatrick also put on a clinic during his third offensive series in Minnesota. He first led David Nelson on a perfect out-route for a first down. Despite a flow-interrupting penalty on rookie offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, Fitzpatrick maintained the drive.
He diagnosed the pocket collapsing, moved quickly to his right and threw a strike over the middle while on the move. It hit Johnson right in the numbers for a first down (a fumble shortly thereafter brought it back a few yards).
The Buffalo quarterback followed that up with a perfectly timed over-the-middle slant that went 31 yards for a score.
But was Ryan Fitzpatrick perfect in every facet of the game through the first two weeks?
One could observe a mistimed pass, an overthrow and passes behind receivers.
That said, it was the fact that Fitzpatrick evolved from his mistakes and thoroughly improved from one game to the next.
And with that in mind…