Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting QB even after Geno Smith’s return to the team, head coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday.
“Ryan is our starting quarterback right now,” Bowles said. “We’re doing well, we have good chemistry going and everything else and Geno understands that. And as we go, Ryan is our quarterback. We'll go forward from there.“
During preseason, Smith was slated to be New York’s starter until former teammate IK Enemkpali punched him in the face and broke his jaw. Smith, who was drafted by the Jets in the second round in 2013, underwent surgery and could be sidelined until Week 6.
Bowles said after Smith’s injury that if Fitzpatrick was playing well, Smith would not automatically be given back his starting role.
Over the first two weeks of the season, Fitzpatrick has led the Jets to a 2–0 record, throwing for 423 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Fitzpatrick is in his first season with the Jets and the 11th of his career after playing for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans and Texans. Over his career he has accumulated 19,696 yards for 127 touchdowns.
The Jets play the Eagles at home in Week 3.
- Erin Flynn