Speaking to the media this week, McLaurin spoke glowingly about Fitzpatrick. He praised Fitzpatrick’s “cool, calm demeanor” and for how collected he is when in the huddle.
“Fitz is fun,” McLaurin said, via NFL.com. “The first thing that struck me about him is just that he has a [really] cool, calm demeanor about him. When he’s in the huddle, it’s just really collected.”
McLaurin also had great things to say about Fitzpatrick’s intelligence and communication skills. He said that Fitzpatrick has been teaching him new ways of viewing the game and has been very communicative with the other receivers.
“He’s also a student of the game. He’s super smart,” McLaurin said. “It helps me out because I get to try and see the game through his eyes.”
“He puts an emphasis on really being in communication with the receivers. That’s not just me. I’ve seen him communicate with just about every receiver on the roster right now, just about what they’re thinking with this route, what they’re thinking about with this leverage. I think that is very important to do at this part in the season because you want to try to start making that connection early.”
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Though a journeyman quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick has garnered a reputation as one of the best QB mentors in the NFL. He’s 38 years old and on his fourth team in six years, but he’s played well when given the opportunity.
However, in 16 NFL seasons, Fitzpatrick has never been to the playoffs.
Taking over as the starting QB of a team that reached the playoffs last year, maybe this could be the year he finally does.