Having been an economics major at Harvard, Ryan Fitzpatrick understands probability theory better than most NFL quarterbacks. So he knows how strange the series of events is that just made him the New York Jets starting quarterback. He also knows to try to take advantage of the situation. The starting quarterback two days ago was Geno Smith, who will be out 6-10 weeks for surgery on his jaw. Smith was punched in the face by Ikemefuna Enemkpali, a linebacker who was immediately released from the team, according to the New York Times. It happened in the locker room.
While Smith recovers, Fitzpatrick will take over the quarterback spot for the Jets. The Jets had four quarterbacks in camp: Smith, Fitzpatrick and two rookies (Jake Heaps, Bryce Petty). Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL since graduating from Harvard in 2005 — the Jets are Fitzpatrick’s sixth NFL team. He’s a favorite of the Jets’ new offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey, who coached him in Buffalo when Gailey was head coach there.