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Bucs QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston

Updated: 19-11-2018 02:19 IST

For the second time in seven weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been benched for Jameis Winston.

Fitzpatrick was pulled after throwing his third interception, this one in the end zone, early in the third quarter against the New York Giants on Sunday. He was 13 for 21 for 167 yards, no touchdowns and the three picks, as the Bucs trailed 21-7.

Winston entered and led three consecutive scoring drives to cut the deficit to 31-27.

Winston, 24, was benched midway through a Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after throwing four interceptions. He missed the first three games of the season due to suspension before entering in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears, as Fitzpatrick was benched in the middle of a blowout loss.

Fitzpatrick, who turns 36 on Saturday, has 2,366 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. Winston entered the day with 1,181 passing yards, six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Winston is in the fourth year of his rookie contract since being taken No. 1 overall in 2015. Tampa Bay previously picked up his fifth-year option for 2019, which is guaranteed for injury only.

--Field Level Media

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