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Ryan Fitzpatrick on unbelievable stretch: ‘I’m just trying to enjoy the ride’

Ryan Fitzpatrick may be the biggest story in the NFL over the first two weeks of the season. Subbing for the suspended Jameis Winston, the 35-year-old journeyman quarterback has set the league on fire, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 2-0 record while putting up absurd stats.

So, how is Fitzpatrick handling everything? Pretty well, although he’s not about to let things get away from him during this torrid stretch of football.

In an in-depth profile of Fitzpatrick in The Washington Post, there are only a few quotes attributed to the veteran signal-caller. One line in particular, however, demonstrates how Fitzpatrick is keeping things in perspective.

“I’m just trying to enjoy the ride,” Fitzpatrick said Sunday after the Bucs’ 27-21 victory over the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. “I’ve had so many ups and downs in my career. When it’s going good, you learn to enjoy the ride.”

That philosophy certainly makes sense, especially for Fitzpatrick. After all, his NFL career has been an uneven one since being selected 250th overall out of Harvard in the 2005 NFL Draft by the then-St. Louis Rams.

That said, Fitzpatrick is again enjoying yet another career renaissance down in Tampa. The Bucs gunslinger is completing 78.7 percent of his passes (third in the NFL) for 819 yards (first) along with eight touchdowns (second) and only one interception, good for an absurd 151.5 QB rating (also tops in the league). Fitzpatrick has also earned the NFL’s first two NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors of the season.

That kind of absurd production certainly presents the Bucs with a QB conundrum once Winston is available.

No matter how things shake out once Winston returns from suspension next week, though, Fitzpatrick currently is playing the role of a football-playing rock star. His postgame attire following last Sunday’s win really said it all.

“The chest hair,” Fitzpatrick said while explaining his outrageous appearance, “is mine.”

So is the NFL right now.