Catching up with Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: Excitement for Tua, wanting to play and a serious neck-hair situation

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"It's been tough on these Zoom meetings," Fitzpatrick said of the team starting to mesh together. "But we're doing the best we can with what we have."

-- Fitzpatrick has been staying busy with his wife and seven kids at their home in Arizona. His brother, who also has five kids, lives next door, too.

"It's been a little bit crazy. ... That's 12 everyday, running around. We've got a bit of space here. The kids haven't even noticed, other than having to go to school online and doing some of their school work right away," Fitzpatrick said.

"It's actually been a good time to get away from everything else and reconnect with everybody and just be with family and enjoy each other, breakfast, lunch and dinner with each other. We haven't left the house a whole lot other to get groceries or go to the golf course every now and again. It's been good for us in the sense that we got to spend a lot of quality time together."

-- Just because Fitzpatrick has the bodies around to field some throws, he has not really thrown much this offseason. Typically, if there were NFL offseason training activities going on this May, he would begin to get back on the saddle after last season.

"The last probably eight or nine years, I don't throw a whole lot in the offseason. I just like to let my arm rest a little bit and then as OTAs start, ramp it up. We'll see what happens here in the next few weeks, but I don't like to take more throws in the offseason than I need to. I'm doing a little bit right now, but nothing crazy."

-- Fitzpatrick says he has not let anyone near his free-flowing beard since being under quarantine.


The last time we saw Fitzpatrick was during the Super Bowl week, when he slightly trimmed his beard.

"There's really only two people in the country I trust to touch this thing. One is in Tampa and one is in New Jersey," Fitzpatrick said. "It's been going ever since everything has been shut down. The neck hair is out of control right now. I'm glad you can't see it."

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