Yesterday, the New York Jets finally signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million deal to bring back their starting quarterback.
It was a long offseason drama between the team and the quarterback who played pretty good football for them a year ago, but it’s finally resolved as training camp gets underway. What it means, however, is that the Colts will face Fitzpatrick once again this season. The Colts play the Jets in week 13 on December 5, a Monday Night Football contest in New York.
Last year, Fitzpatrick started the Jets’ week two game in Indianapolis on Monday Night Football and played well, completing 22 of 34 passes (64.7%) for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception for a passer rating of 93.3. He played well enough to help New York to a 20-7 victory that night, and he went on to complete 59.6% of his passes on the year for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions for a passer rating of 88.
In his career, he has started eight games against the Colts (going just 2-6) and has made six starts against the team in the past four years (including at least one in each season). He has completed 134 of 212 passes (63.2%) against the Colts in his career, throwing for 1,414 yards (6.7 yards per attempt), nine touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He’s not a quarterback that will scare you, but he did have a career season in 2015 and helped the Jets to a 10-6 record that nearly had the team in the playoffs. So it’s noteworthy news when a playoff contender in the AFC signs their starting quarterback, particularly when that team will face the Colts this season.