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Ryan Fitzpatrick Thinks Washington's Offense Will Be Tough to Defend in 2021

New city, new team, and new scheme but Washington Football Team’s quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t new to being with a new organization. He has played for eight teams in his 16- year career.

Fitzpatrick is excited about this season. Not only does he seem to have the starting position down on lock, he’s also excited about the pieces he’ll be working with this season. The likes of Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson, Curtis Samuel, just to name a few. He recently sat down with NBC Sports and discussed how Washington’s offense should be on everyone’s radar.

"The biggest thing with his offense, is we're able to spread the ball around to everybody and get everybody involved. It's going to be a tough offense to defend just because of all the pieces we have," Fitzpatrick said.

According to Fitzpatrick, the chemistry between him and his receivers has already started to form with OTAs and minicamp behind them.

"I felt the rapport with the guys, not necessarily just on the field X's and O's, but just getting to know guys, starting those relationships up. It's a good team and a lot of great guys, and usually when you can build that off-the-field chemistry, it continues to trickle over onto the field, as well," Fitzpatrick said. "I really like where we're at right now, with a lot of work to go, but I really like the guys we have on the roster."

In 2020, Fitzpatrick started seven total games, averaging 256 yards per game passing, two touchdowns and one interception for the Miami Dolphins before Brian Flores’ game of quarterback musical chairs began after the Dolphins’ bye week in Week 7 with Fitzpatrick trading places with Tua Tagovailoa.

Turner’s offense is different from what Fitzpatrick has been used to in recent memory, but his experience as an NFL journeyman shouldn’t hinder his ability to grasp the terminology. "It's a little bit different than a lot of what I've done, especially recently," Fitzpatrick said. "The terminology's different, but there's just certain ways that you can really attack defenses and he (Turner) seems to really get that and understand that."

With training camp under way in the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see how Fitzpatrick does with having so much expectations on him and the team reaching a potential playoff apperance.

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