Buccaneers Reporter: This Is Still Fitzpatrick's Job

Jameis Winston is back from suspension, but that doesn't mean he'll start for Tampa Bay

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 25, 2018 - 10:03 am

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With Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension officially over, Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter has a decision to make: Does he start Winston in Week 4? Or does he roll with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has reeled off three consecutive 400-yard games?

“I think the momentum of these first there games, it’s still very much Ryan Fitzpatrick’s job right now – especially with a short week,” The Athletic Buccaneers reporter Greg Auman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Coming off a Monday game, going on the road to Chicago – I think they stick with the hot hand right now. (Fitzpatrick) definitely made some mistakes (against Pittsburgh) that he hadn’t made (the first two weeks of the season), but (he) put the team back in position with a chance to win – when they really shouldn’t have – at the end of this game.”

Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions against the Steelers, including a pick-six just before halftime. Still, the Bucs trailed 30-10 at the break but fought their way back before ultimately losing 30-27.

Fitzpatrick finished 30-of-50 for 411 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

“This is one of those games that could have easily gotten away from them – and maybe last year would have gotten away from them,” Auman said. “They’re kind of short-handed on defense. They were down a couple of people today. But to make some adjustments and keep things in check and pull back – this was close enough where there’s fans asking if they should have punted on 4th-and-10 with three minutes to go or whether they should have gone for it. Just for that to be the question you’re asking postgame is a wild thing when you’re down 20 at halftime.”

The Bucs (2-1) play the Bears (2-1) at Soldier Field this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.