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And what about his system being too tough for a rookie to pick up and play in? “You know, I don’t think it’s that complicated. I think we teach it in a way that our guys have been able to pick it up throughout the times that we’ve had different guys.” said the coach after the draft.
Of course Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t brought here to just sit around but, for the moment, let’s go with the premise that this is a winnable job for any QB on the roster. Here’s a look at the candidates for the most important position on the squad.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – He’s on his fifth NFL team and has been through more than a half-dozen offensive systems. Having been around the block, he could be a quick study on this new attack. He’s a career 60% passer with a QB rating of around 80 in the past four campaigns. Experience, and the fact that the team signed him as a free agent, makes him a favorite to start opening day.
T.J. Yates – Passed over for Keenum when Matt Schaub was hurt last year, he’s out to prove that the moxie that led him to wins in the franchise’s two most celebrated victories (over Cincinnati in 2011) was no fluke. He’s the tallest QB on the roster and the only one to start or win a playoff game. A super, if not solid, showing in the next few weeks could sway the new coaching staff’s approval for more action.