MIAMI (AP) — Experience tells Ryan Fitzpatrick that his job with the Miami Dolphins might not last long.
After all, they are his eighth team. And for now, at least, he is glad to be their...
Former Jaguars guard-center Reed signs with Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — Guard-center Chris Reed has signed with the Miami Dolphins, who lost three offensive linemen at the start of free agency.
Reed spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville...
MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick will become the Miami Dolphins' caretaker quarterback.
The well-traveled veteran agreed to terms Sunday on an $11 million, two-year contract as a replacement to...
Free Agency-Buccaneers Capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Brent Grimes, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB Kwon Alexander, WR Adam Humphries, S Chris Conte, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, LB Adarius Taylor, QB...
Turnovers, leaky defense compound Buccaneers QB quandary
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It doesn't seem to matter who's playing quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Turnovers and a leaky defense are hindering the team's chances of being successful.
The Bucs (3-7) have dropped seven of eight games following a 2-0 start, vacillating back and forth between Winston and Fitzpatrick, who've played well enough at times that Tampa Bay leads the NFL in passing yards and total offense.
Fitzpatrick benched for Winston as Bucs’ QB carousel spins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback merry-go-round may be in motion again.
After starting Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first four games, switching to Jameis Winston for the next three and going back to Fitzpatrick for the last three, coach Dirk Koetter is at a crossroads again after the Bucs dropped a 38-35 decision to the New York Giants on Sunday.
Buccaneers sticking with Fitzpatrick as starting QB
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their No. 1 quarterback.
Coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that the 14th-year pro, who failed to produce a touchdown in the previous day's 16-3 loss to Washington, will start next Sunday on the road against the New York Giants.
Buccaneers lose again, Koetter mum on possible QB change
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick has been down this road far more times than the veteran quarterback cares to remember.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost for the third straight time Sunday, failing to score a touchdown in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins despite gaining 501 yards total offense and only punting once.
Fitzpatrick topped 400 yards passing for the fourth time this season, yet he may be headed back to the bench after the team's sixth loss in seven games following a 2-0 start.
Buccaneers searching for answers to defensive woes
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It doesn't matter if Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick is at quarterback for the Buccaneers. A porous defense keeps undermining Tampa Bay's chances of winning.
The Bucs (3-5) have lost five of six following a 2-0 start. Neither changing quarterbacks nor firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith has been an answer to ending a tailspin that's dropped the team into a familiar hole: last place in the NFC South, where they've finished six of the last seven seasons.
Fitzpatrick will keep starting QB job in Tampa Bay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick played well enough to retain starting the quarterback job in Tampa Bay for another week.
Now if "Fitzmagic" can figure out how to keep the Buccaneers from digging themselves such a big hole early in games.
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Panthers have stability at QB, Bucs seeking it in NFC South
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have stability at the quarterback position. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperately in search of the same.
The teams appear headed in different directions entering an NFC South showdown Sunday in Charlotte — and quarterback play is a big reason why.
Buccaneers-Panthers Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY (3-4) at CAROLINA (5-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
OPENING LINE — Panthers by 5 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buccaneers 3-4, Panthers 4-3
SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 22-13
LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Buccaneers 22-19 on Dec. 24, 2017
LAST WEEK — Buccaneers lost to Bengals 37-34; Panthers beat Ravens 36-21
AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 25, Panthers No. 6
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (28), PASS (1)
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (10), PASS (31)
Fitzpatrick in, Winston out as Buccaneers’ starting QB
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston's inability to cut down on turnovers has cost him his starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Without speculating on what the move means for the young quarterback's future with the team, coach Dirk Koetter said veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will lead the NFL's No. 1 ranked offense against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Winston, 24, was benched after throwing four interceptions during last Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bengals pick off Winston, hold on for 37-34 win over Bucs
CINCINNATI (AP) — When Jessie Bates returned an easy-as-it-gets interception for a touchdown, the Bengals seemed to have the game in hand. Ryan Fitzpatrick was just getting warmed up on the Buccaneers sideline.
Winston’s 4 INTs leave Bucs with a quarterback question
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick finished his postgame media session, turned the corner and saw Jameis Winston heading down the hallway. The two quarterbacks exchanged a supportive fist-bump.
It also might have been a passing-of-the-torch moment.
Bengals pick off Winston 4 times for 37-34 win over Bucs
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals had four interceptions, six sacks and a late 18-point lead. They needed all of it — and every last second on the clock as well — to salvage a win that was more relief than anything.
Jessie Bates returned Jameis Winston's fourth interception for a touchdown Sunday, and the Bengals overcame Ryan Fitzpatrick's late rally for a 37-34 victory that left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a question at quarterback.
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Buccaneers search for answers on defense during bye week
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's best start in eight years has dissolved into a .500 record that raises more questions than it answers about whether this finally will be the year the Buccaneers end their long playoff drought.
The Bucs (2-2) weathered Jameis Winston's suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy better than reasonably could have been expected, thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick becoming the first player in league history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games.
Winston in, Fitzpatrick out as Buccaneers starting QB
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The bye week is coming at a good time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who not only are trying to get acclimated to having Jameis Winston back in the lineup, but need to find a way to fix a leaky defense.
Coach Dirk Koetter made it official Monday, confirming Winston will start the team's next game — at Atlanta — on Oct. 14.
Winston looks like he’s ready to return to Buccaneers lineup
CHICAGO (AP) — The FitzMagic ran out on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jameis Winston returned from a three-game suspension in the second half after Ryan Fitzpatrick's record run came to a screeching halt in a 48-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday
"I was ready," Winston said. "These three weeks I took very seriously. I worked my tail off. I got all those guys around to help me so I can go out there and be good for my team."
Buccaneers start Fitzpatrick over Winston against Bears
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback over Jameis Winston.
Fitzpatrick started against the Chicago Bears on Sunday after Winston rejoined the team following a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Fitzpatrick has thrown for a league-leading 1,230 yards and 11 TDs. He is the first player in NFL history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games.
Bucs, Bears in 1st place? Who would have thunk it?
There is no way anyone outside Tampa or Chicago would have predicted the Bucs and Bears would both be in first place when they square off in Week 4.
Sure, it's still plenty early in the schedule. Yet there's no denying both teams are ahead of schedule.
Although the Buccaneers (2-1) come off a 30-27 home loss to Pittsburgh last Monday night, their offense behind backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been dynamic.
TAMPA BAY (2-1) at CHICAGO (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Bears by 3
RECORD VS SPREAD — Buccaneers 2-1, Bears 2-1
SERIES RECORD — Bears lead 38-20
LAST MEETING — Buccaneers beat Bears 29-7, Sept. 17, 2017
LAST WEEK — Buccaneers lost to Steelers 30-27; Bears beat Cardinals 16-14
AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 11; Bears No. 16
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (30), PASS (1)
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (3), PASS (31t)
Winston practices, Bucs still mum on starting quarterback
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insist they don't have a quarterback controversy.
Jameis Winston practiced Wednesday for the first time since serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, returning to a team that's ridden Ryan Fitzpatrick's arm to a surprising 2-1 start.
"I'm excited to be back," a beaming Winston said. "I'm so happy we had some success. ... We've got to keep it up."
Winston returns to work, Bucs not saying if he’s starter
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston is back on the job, though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still aren't saying if it's as the team's starting quarterback.
Winston's three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy ended Tuesday, the first day the fourth-year pro was permitted to return to the team's training facility and have contact with coaches and teammates.
Bucs mum on whether Winston will start with suspension over
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't avoid questions about Jameis Winston's return much longer.
The young quarterback's three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy ended after Monday night's 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is unclear, however, if he's coming back as the starter.
Steelers’ defense eager to prove itself after dismal showing
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense are eager to play again. They're going to have to wait an extra day.
They want to put a forgettable performance against Kansas City in the past and prove themselves this week against an upstart Tampa Bay offense. The Steelers will see where they stand during their first prime-time appearance of the season Monday night against veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the undefeated Buccaneers.
Bucs ready to showcase potent offense against Steelers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for struggling without Jameis Winston.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not only thriving in the suspended quarterback's absence, they're evolving into an offensive juggernaut that's set to perform on a national stage when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Monday night.
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Patrick Mahomes is good. 2018 David Johnson looks nothing like 2016 David Johnson. The Rams defense has not only replaced the Seahawks as the NFC's most dominant unit, but may be the best the NFL has to offer.
Week 3 will go a long way toward helping fantasy football owners decide how those clear early observations play out. Mahomes, Johnson and the Rams defense are certain starts, but the same can't be said for some others whose fate will hinge on the faith of their owners.
Mahomes already chasing Manning and Brady
Patrick Mahomes is already chasing Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Mahomes tossed six touchdown passes at Pittsburgh after throwing four in the opener at the Chargers. His 10 TDs are the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his team's first two games of a season. Manning has the most through three games with 12 in 2013 for Denver and Brady is second with 11 in 2011.
Dolphins’ FitzMagic says he’s willing to share nickname
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick wants to trademark his nickname but says he'd be happy to share it with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Both go by "FitzMagic," and the Bucs' QB has been making headlines while leading his team to a 2-0 start as a replacement for the suspended Jameis Winston.
That's not the reason Minkah Fitzpatrick recently filed for a federal trademark of the nickname, he said Wednesday.
DeSean Jackson, surprising Buccaneers off to blazing start
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the only reason the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to their fastest start in eight years.
Speedy receiver DeSean Jackson is making a difference, too, finally beginning to deliver what the team has been expecting since signing him in free agency before last season.
Improved Buccaneers insist fast start isn’t a surprise
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers scoff at the notion that their first 2-0 start in eight years is a surprise.
"I think that's where we expected to be," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said after throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 27-21 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Fitzpatrick shines again, Buccaneers stun Eagles 27-21
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Courtesy of DeSean Jackson, Ryan Fitzpatrick rocked a pair of sunglasses and a partially zipped warmup jacket revealing a couple of gold chains and a large pendant resting on his chest.
"It's nothing," the Tampa Bay quarterback said of the garb after throwing four touchdown passes and topping 400 yards for the second straight week, leading the Buccaneers to a 27-21 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Saints’ Onyemata fined $40.1K for 2 roughing passer calls
NEW YORK (AP) — Two illegal hits cost David Onyemata more than he made for playing in New Orleans' season opener.
The Saints defensive tackle was fined $40,108 by the NFL on Friday for two roughing-the-passer calls — $20,054 for each of the penalties — in a 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday.
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Foles, Fitzpatrick prosper as backup QBs for Eagles, Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerald McCoy is puzzled when he hears people question the ability of fellow NFL players, particularly backup quarterbacks such as Nick Foles and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"It's the NFL," Tampa Bay's six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle said. "Everybody's good."
Foles' success filling in for the injured Carson Wentz is one of the biggest reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) were able to win the Super Bowl after losing their starting quarterback late last season.
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With all the excitement around the NFL last weekend, it was one high-scoring Saints-Buccaneers game that brought home all the money in daily fantasy contests.
Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns, while adding another 36 yards and a score with his legs. Two of Fitzpatrick's top weapons, DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, cracked the 100-yard threshold and accounted for three of the receiving touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick’s big game gets Bucs off to fast start
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted all along that they weren't overly concerned about having to open the season without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston.
That's because Ryan Fitzpatrick not only is an experienced backup who's one of just four players in NFL history to throw touchdown passes for seven different teams, but he has proven he can win games, too.
Saints suddenly facing doubt after surprising upset
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bad memories came flooding back to Saints coach Sean Payton after a fifth straight regular season opener ended in defeat.
It wasn't just that the Saints lost, but how it happened.
An anemic pass rush and blown coverages helped an opposing quarterback look as spectacular as any point in his career as the Saints fell behind big. Prolific Saints QB Drew Brees orchestrated a frenetic rally to make it interesting, but ran out of time in a 48-40 loss.
Saints defense humbled by Buccaneers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore sat on the turf with his hands on his knees, disconsolate as he watched Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans coast into the end zone after beating him for a 50-yard touchdown.
It was a stark contrast to last November, when Evans caught one pass for 13 yards and received a one-game suspension after blindsiding Lattimore during a scuffle in the Saints' 30-10 victory at the Superdome.
Fitzpatrick, Bucs stun Saints 48-40
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick backpedaled giddily for about 20 yards as he watched DeSean Jackson come down with a 36-yard touchdown pass over the middle. The journeyman quarterback then turned toward the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline and triumphantly thrust his arm in an upward arc.
Time will tell if the Bucs are on a similar trajectory this season, but there's no denying they're off to an encouraging start.
TAMPA BAY (5-11) at NEW ORLEANS (12-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Saints by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buccaneers 6-9-1, Saints 8-9
SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 32-20
LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Saints 31-24, Dec. 31, 2017
AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 29, Saints No. 6
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (27), PASS (4).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (31), PASS (7).
SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (5), PASS (5).
SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (23), PASS (32).
Winston’s suspension could chart course of Bucs’ season
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — By the time Jameis Winston takes another snap in a NFL game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a better idea of how much the young quarterback's suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy will impact the team's playoff hopes.
Jameis Winston throws 2 TDs as Tampa Bay beats Titans 30-14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly have had plenty of time to get used to the idea that Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the season because of a suspension.
Watching the quarterback light up a defense in just a quarter doesn't make it any easier.
Winston threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns after coming off the bench in the second quarter, and the Buccaneers beat the Tennessee Titans 30-14 Saturday night in the teams' second exhibition game.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — As a veteran quarterback accustomed to ever-changing roles, there's little Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't experienced during a 14-year NFL career.
He's been a starter and a backup — several times.
Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on him to help them weather Jameis Winston's three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who appeared in six games last season.
He is 35 years old and has played 13 seasons in the NFL. He returns on a one-year contract.
Fitzpatrick started three games while filling in for injured Jameis Winston in 2017. He completed 96 of163 passes for 1,103 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agency capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Brent Grimes and Robert McClain; Ss T.J. Ward and Keith Tandy; C Evan Smith; QB Ryan Fitzpatrick; DTs Clinton McDonald and DT Sealver Siliga; LS Garrison Sanborn; DEs Justin Trattou and Will Clarke; Gs Adam Gettis and Kevin Pamphile; RB Charles Sims.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Cameron Brate; WR Adam Humphries; DE Ryan Russell; LB Adarius Glanton; CB Jude Adjei-Barimah.
Packers: Jameis Winston set to return Sunday against Green Bay
GREEN BAY — After missing the past three weeks due to a shoulder injury, Jameis Winston is set to make his return.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter announced Wednesday that Winston will be the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.