By Nick Shook
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No, it isn’t Groundhog Day, and yes, we are still talking about what’s going on in the world of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Talks between the Jets and the free agent quarterback have ground to a halt, and it appears as though they aren’t going to pick up any time soon, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
“There has been really no movement from either side, everybody is dug in,” Rapoport said Monday on NFL Total Access. “So it certainly could be within the realm of possibility that we have to see not just a little bit of Geno Smith, like maybe a couple reps in OTAs or mini camp, but a lot of Geno Smith, maybe even into preseason games, for there to be some sort of movement here between the Jetsand Fitzpatrick, so expect to be having this conversation a few more times.”
Fitzpatrick is no future Hall of Famer, but he did post one of the greatest seasons for a quarterback in Jets history in 2015, completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,905 yards and a 31-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio. It was good enough to have the Jets on the precipice of a playoff berth before seeing it slip through their grasp in Week 17.
Geno Smith isn’t providing that kind of production, which is why we remain mired in this stalemate.
Fitzpatrick’s No. 1 receiver is becoming increasingly concerned as of late, too. Brandon Marshall says the quarterback, who texts with him on a daily basis, hasn’t responded to his messages.
“To be honest, me and Fitz talk every day, all the time, but I texted him the last two weeks three times and there’s (been) no response,” Marshall said on the I Am Rapoport podcast, via CBS Sports Local. “It’s not like him. It’s scaring me right now. It’s scaring me that my guy hasn’t texted me back.”
Fitzpatrick could merely be on vacation and out of cell phone reception, as Marshall later conceded as a possibility. Or, in a much colder turn of events, he could be cutting off contact with all things and people related to the Jets in preparation for a future devoid of Gang Green.
With the way things are grinding along, we likely won’t know for a while.