Fitzpatrick, 33, has completed 168-of-298 passes for 1,983 yards, eight touchdowns, and a league-high 13 interceptions. He started the first six games of the season for the Jets, before being benched in the fourth quarter of the sixth game. Geno Smith started its Week 7 contest, before going down to a knee injury. Fitzpatrick started the Jets' Week 8 and Week 9 contests, before spraining his MCL in its Week 9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Bryce Petty started the Jets' Week 10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. During the Jets' bye week, general manager Mike Maccagnan said that coach Todd Bowles has the "final say" on who is the team's starting quarterback.
Fitz: "I am excited to get out there and rally our guys. It's something I really enjoy doing." pic.twitter.com/pV3lRIlDak— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 21, 2016
"First, the decision is Todd's and you have to weigh a lot of different things in making that decision," Maccagnan told SNY.tv. "I don't think it's necessarily like 'Hey, let's just play the young guys and see what happens.' It's a decision we don't take lightly, I know that. Again, if Todd feels that's the right approach to take and gives us the best chance to be successful, I'm sure he'll do that."
Bowles had declined to name a starting quarterback before Monday.
"He's [Fitzpatrick's] healthy," Bowles told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "He's been our starter...We can do more things with him. I don't give away jobs."
Why is Bowles starting Fitzpatrick? "He's healthy. He's been our starter.... We can do more things with him. I don't give away jobs."— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 21, 2016
The Jets [3-7] host the New England Patriots at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 at MetLife Stadium. Jets quarterbacks have completed just 56.9 percent of their passes, the worst mark in the AFC. The team's 68.7 quarterback rating is the worst in the NFL.