Falcons’ Quinn talks upswing of Buccaneers’ season under QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Falcons’ Quinn talks upswing of Buccaneers’ season under QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their past two games under quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick while starting quarterback Jameis Winston is out with a shoulder injury.

As the Atlanta Falcons prepare for Sunday’s game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, coach Dan Quinn pointed out several things that have been going right for the Buccaneers since Fitzpatrick took over.

“So far he’s completing passes, he’s got seven touchdowns, only three picks and you can see the different weapons that are coming alive in (rookie O.J.) Howard at the tight end, the receiving corps is one of the very best in my opinion because of their versatility of DeSean (Jackson) and the versatility of (Mike) Evans on the side and they’ve got runners,” Quinn said in a conference call on Tuesday. 

Since the Falcons played Monday night, Quinn said he hasn’t had time to go study the tape of the Falcons next opponent and why the team seems to have turned the season around under Fitzpatrick, but he does see a dominant defense led by former Falcons coach Mike Smith.

“(The defense) creates takeaways so if those things happen and you end up in the plus, generally you’re off to a pretty good start.”

Fitzpatrick started for the team’s 15-10 win over the New York Jets on Nov. 12 and played the majority of the snaps during the Buccaneers’ 30-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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