"I feel pretty good right now," Fitzpatrick said after the Jets practiced in front of their fans at their training facility Saturday. "I think we've made some good progress so far, and we're headed in the right direction. We've just got to continue to work and get better every day -- it's definitely been a productive nine days."
Fitzpatrick had a good day on Saturday, unofficially completing 15 of 20 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions. And while Jets coach Todd Bowles was conservative in his evaluation of the quarterback -- "He's catching up," Bowles said -- Fitzpatrick said he was surprised at how good his arm has felt so far.
That raised the question of whether Fitzpatrick's contract hassle with the Jets -- which caused him to miss the entire offseason program before he agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal (with a potential $3 million in incentives) just before training camp -- was a good thing for the 33-year-old, 12-year veteran.
"I tend not to throw a bunch in the offseason as it is, but obviously, being off for the OTAs and stuff, too, I threw less this offseason than I probably have since before high school," he said.
So the question was posed to him: Maybe you should hold out again and sit out next spring also, Ryan?
His only answer was a big grin.
Notes from Saturday's practice:
The Jets announced wide receiver Titus Davis, a second-year pro out of Central Michigan, left the team. Bowles said Davis left because, "He thought he didn't want to play anymore."
Receiver Brandon Marshall left the field briefly, took off his helmet and shoulder pads and kneeled over a couple times, for a few moments, then had a trainer place a cold, wet towel on the back of his neck. Shortly after that, Marshall put his pads and jersey back on and eventually went back into the practice, though he did not get targeted the rest of the way. Bowles was asked if Marshall was OK and dismissed the question. "He just came out. He's fine," Bowles said.
Cornerback Juston Burris, wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, linebacker Trevor Reilly and tight end Wes Saxton did not practice, but Bowles said all were dealing with "camp injuries," were just sore and would be back next week. Burris, who left practice Friday, had a thigh bruise, Bowles said.
Rookie kicker Ross Martin hit a line-drive field goal from 48 yards despite a bad snap and a fumbled hold. Holder Lachlan Edwards managed to get his hands on the ball and get it down on the ground, but he couldn't tee the ball up. So Martin hit the ball while it was essentially lying on its side, yet he still got enough lift and distance to get it through the uprights. "The snap was bad, the hold was bad, but he made the kick," Bowles said.