Q-and-A with Ryan Fitzpatrick

Q)How do you approach this week in practice since you won’t play in the fourth preseason game?

Fitzpatrick: The fourth preseason game is obviously one where a lot of other guys will get time and so, for me, it’s just, in practice, staying sharp, staying up with the conditioning, making all the throws and all of that. Also, trying to help out as much as possible. I remember when I was in that situation a lot, fighting for a spot on the team in that last preseason game, so just trying to give everything I have in terms of being able to help guys as well.

Q)How much does it help the offense when the running game has success?

Fitpatrick: When we’re able to run the ball like that, I think any team, when you’re able to run the ball, it makes everybody’s job easier. Up front, I know that our guys enjoy that, you’re kind of imposing your will on the other team. We have some really good running backs here, they’ve shown a lot this preseason and throughout their careers, so that will be a big focus for us this year and an important piece for us.

Q)How pleased are you with how you guys protected the football in the preseason?

Fitzpatrick: That’s going to be important for us all year long, protecting the football, not taking sacks, not taking those negative plays. That was something that was good the first three preseason games to come out clean, but that’s going to be a focus for us all year long.

Q)Coach Bowles says he wants to evaluate the new quarterbacks, Josh Johnson and Matt Flynn, in this game . . .

Fitzpatrick: It’s tough for a quarterback to come in without much time, not much familiarity between receivers and tight ends and running backs. You’re learning the cadence, let alone the formations and the plays. So, it won’t be the easiest of situations, but those two guys are veterans, they’ve played football, they’ve been in a lot of different offenses, so hopefully they’ll be able to pick it up well.

Dan Leberfeld
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