Fitzpatrick named Week 9 starter over Winston for Bucs

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 29, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have named Ryan Fitzpatrick the team's starting quarterback over former Seminole Jameis Winston for their Week 9 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, according to 247Sports and other reports.

Fitzpatrick replaced Winston late in the third quarter after turning in one of the worst performances of his four-year career; Winston completed 18 of his 35 pass attempts for 276 yards a touchdown and four interceptions.'s Ryan Wilson broke down each of Winston's interceptions on Monday.

After missing the year's first four games due to a suspension, the Alabama native has been far from the ideal QB1 candidate Bucs fans want to see. While he's turned in good numbers, Sunday's performance included aside from the picks, his 10 interceptions (Winston has yet to play a game in 2018 in which he hasn't thrown at least two) far outweigh his 1,181 passing yards or 64.9 completion percentage.

For comparison's sake, last year Winston threw 11 interceptions in 13 games.

After making the switch on Sunday, Fitzpatrick rattled off an 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to tie the game against Cincinnati at 34-34 before the Bengals drove down the field in the game's final drive for a game winning field goal.

In his four starts at the outset of the season, Fitzpatrick threw for 1,356 yards and 13 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions.

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