When you watch Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick play, who does he remind you of? Most NFL quarterbacks tend to have some sort of unique quality of play or characteristic traits that makes them unique. Fitzpatrick is also a unique combination of skills and styles.
Why is Ryan Fitzpatrick getting so much attention? Well, he is the leader of the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills, who average 37.7 points per game. Fitzpatrick was just named the winner of the NFL Offensive Player of the Month award for September.
Not only that, Fitzpatrick has led the Bills on consecutive come-from-behind victories where the Bills were trailing by at least 18 points, which has never been done in the history of the NFL before. Football fans and fantasy owners are jumping on the Fitzpatrick bandwagon in droves.
I attended a recent meeting where Joe Yanarella, Bleacher Report's Editor-In-Chief, asked me who did Ryan Fitzpatrick remind me of? Totally unprepared for that question, I pondered it for a minute or two, and feel like I must have worn a perplexed look on my face.
Finally, I came back with the following: Fran Tarkenton and Norm Snead. He is obviously bigger than Tarkenton, because he doesn't mind running with the ball like Tarkenton did. I also said Snead because I seem to recall a similar style, or was I actually imagining Sonny Jurgensen or Roman Gabriel from my youth? It was hard to know for sure on the spot.
One week later, I have had sufficient time to reflect on that question, so here are the great (past and present) NFL quarterbacks' characteristics that Ryan Fitzpatrick reminds me of, relatively speaking.