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Amazon Prime Video crew has made smooth transition to studio

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Ryan Fitzpatrick is already looking forward to next Black Friday.The well-traveled quarterback-turned-analyst is part of Amazon Prime Video's “Thursday Night Football” crew that will broadcast the first NFL game on the day after Thanksgiving in 2023.“It's a great idea.

It's a great time to have a game. Everybody is going to be huddled up, ready to watch more football,” Fitzpatrick said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “So I think that's a big win for Amazon and I'm really looking forward to that, already looking forward to what city are we going to be in for Thanksgiving next year and what city we're going to be doing the game.”Fitzpatrick, three-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and four-time Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth have made a smooth transition straight from the field to the studio this season, joining Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and host Charissa Thompson on Amazon's pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.Veteran Al Michaels calls the games with Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung.Fitzpatrick, Sherman, Whitworth, Gonzalez and Thompson are onsite for most games.

They've developed on-air chemistry by spending a lot of time together off the set, including dinners on Wednesday night before the games.“I think that's been a really important part of it, just getting to know everybody as an individual,” Fitzpatrick said. “Yes, I knew Tony Gonzalez the football player, but as I got to learn about his family a little bit, I got to hear dad joke after dad joke, kind of got to learn his personality and then jab him a little bit about some of his quirks and then get it thrown right back at me.

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