The Washington Football Team has been busy during the first few days of free agency, and people are loving it.
First, Washington added 38-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is expected to add veteran leadership to the position. The next day, it turned to the defensive side of the ball by bringing in William Jackson III to join a secondary that finished second in passing defense. Finally, the team addressed its need to find a No. 2 wide receiver by signing Curtis Samuel.
Washington is only two days into the new league year, but it would seem it has already improved its roster. The additions of Fitzpatrick, Jackson and Samuel have garnered praise from fans and analysts alike. Here is how social media has reacted to Washington's free agent signings.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Wash can compete for division title with Fitzy— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) March 16, 2021
Ryan Fitzpatrick instantly becomes @WashingtonNFL’s most accomplished QB— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) March 16, 2021
He threw 13 TDs in 9 gms (7 starts) in 2020 for Miami
Washington’s QBs combined to throw 16 TDs last season which was T-30th in the NFL
Fitzpatrick brings a lively arm to an offense w/emerging weapons
Pumped for Fitz. One of the most personable and fun players I’ve ever covered. He’s still got something left in tank, too. WASH just got a lot more magical.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 16, 2021
Dolphins, who were planning to lose Fitz, officially need a new backup QB. https://t.co/twF08EOwnf
Dolphins' Gesicki on R. Fitzpatrick: "The greatest teammate I've played with... The energy he brings, confidence he gives to everyone else. It's contagious. What makes him special is he makes guys around him better players.If I could play with him the next 15 years I would do it"— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 12, 2020
Ryan Fitzpatrick,— Ian “Big E” Berger (@ian693) March 16, 2021
Thank you for everything you’ve done the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Your heart, humor and leadership helped to instill a new culture within the locker room.
Good luck in Washington. You will be missed!#FinsUp pic.twitter.com/Q9roGL98gp
I get to root for Fitzmagic as my QB this is honestley the best news ever im literally shaking— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) March 16, 2021
CB William Jackson III
Anyone who listens to my podcast knows I am a huge William Jackson fan. A legit man-to-man, island CB who Bengals asked a lot of over the years. Top CB on the market and a huge upgrade for Washington.— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) March 17, 2021
Thought they’d be going cheap for the Darby replacement. Now Washington has one of the best CB duos in football.— Damien 🇨🇿 (@DABartonek) March 17, 2021
Since 2017, William Jackson has given up a rec% of 52 when targeted.
That’s better than:
There are 95 CB's who have played over 1,000 snaps in coverage since William Jackson III entered the league in 2017.— Nick Akridge (@PFF_NickAkridge) March 17, 2021
Jackson's 82.4 coverage grade is the 17th highest over that span. The CB right below him is Kendall Fuller with an 82.2
last year Washington's D ranked:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 17, 2021
#2 vs the pass
#27 vs #1 WRs
that changes now
William Jackson allowed a 44.9% completion rate, 3rd best in the NFL last year
he can limit #1s & provide defensive versatility@DanPizzuta dives in:https://t.co/OibuLgqbIv
WR Curtis Samuel
We really talked about this in the dorms freshman year🔥— Terry McLaurin (@TheTerry_25) March 18, 2021
WE GETTIN BETTER‼️‼️‼️— Jeremy Reaves (@JR1ERA) March 18, 2021
I don't like pairing Terry McLaurin with Curtis Samuel.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 18, 2021
I love it.
Easily one of the most exciting signings so far in free agency.
Washington's top two receivers:— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 18, 2021
Terry McLaurin: 4.35 40
Curtis Samuel: 4.31 40