Fitzpatrick, Jets clip Dolphins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A neater look sure suits Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The last time Fitzpatrick trimmed his beard, he threw six touchdown passes in leading Houston to victory in 2014. The recently shorn Fitzpatrick wasn't quite as prolific Sunday for the Jets but his four touchdowns were plenty in a rout of Miami.
It was Fitzpatrick's best performance since joining New York this year, and was punctuated by Brandon Marshall's most impressive outing in green and white. The receiver had nine receptions for 131 yards and two scores.
Fitzpatrick, who cropped his Viking-like beard last week for his 33rd birthday, didn't seem bothered by the left thumb on which he had ligament surgery on March 13. He also connected with Devin Smith for the rookie's first touchdown, and with Eric Decker in New York's fourth win in the last five meetings with Miami.
"It was just a little long," Fitzpatrick said of his beard. "I miss it."
Decker added, "We'll pitch in for a weekly trim." And Marshall insisted that "the beard should never come back."
Miami has dropped four of five and is 3-4 under interim coach Dan Campbell.
"There's nothing I can say that's going to make that look better," he said. "We got whipped."