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hi-res-77788358e48372c78df945b7ab701b4d_crop_northGeno Smith lost his job as starting quarterback for the New York Jets after suffering a broken jaw from a punch by now- former teammate IK Enemkpali, which will have him out for 6 to 10 weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take that starting job.

Fitzpatrick was acquired in an offseason trade with the Houston Texans. He only has a few short weeks to prepare for the season, until Tuesday he hadn’t taken any reps with the starting offense. The Jets were tailoring Smith for the job, but that changed with one punch, literally. Fitzpatrick gets to take on that task now. “If I didn’t have confidence in myself, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you guys, I’d be on a vacation with my five kids, sailing off into the sunset with a career nobody thought I would’ve had. For me, I’m not satisfied with what I’ve done. There’s so much more I want to improve upon.”

geno-smith-ryan-fitzpatrick-nfl-new-york-jets-ota3Fitzpatrick has a 33-55-1 record as a starter, having started for five teams. He played quite well last season for the Texas with a 95 passer rating in 12 starts, but he suffered a broken leg in December. The upside for the Jets is that Fitzpatrick already knows Chan Gailey’s system; they played three seasons together with the Buffalo Bills. The only problem is Fitzpatrick had been taking a minimal amount of reps in practice and none with the starters. This means he has yet to develop any chemistry with the Jets’ receivers.

“I’ve seen a lot of things and I’ve experienced a lot of things,” he said. “I feel like I’ve gotten better every year. I didn’t know if I’d ever find myself in a position to start again,” Fitzpatrick added. “I understand these opportunities are few and far between and I understand my opportunities in this league might be somewhat limited now. I’ve got to take advantage of every day.” The New York Jets are looking to sign a veteran backup because the current backup is rookie Bryce Petty, who has been struggling in camp. They reportedly have reached out to free agents Rex Grossman and Tyler Thigpen.

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