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Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gardner Minshew trade jabs about beards vs. mustaches

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If the pregame barbs are any indication — Thursday night between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins is going to be a great team.

Case in point: Ryan Fitzpatrick was asked about his beard. It’s a great beard, sure, but then he went a step further and demeaned the facial hair of his opponent, Gardner Minshew, in his response.

“The mustaches versus the beard... I think the beard is cooler,” Fitzpatrick said. “Guys that grow mustaches have patchy sides.”

Minshew wasn’t going to take this lying down. About an hour later, he was due for his press conference and was asked about Fitzpatrick’s comments:

“I’ll let mine speak for itself. I think I’ve shown I can grow a beard with no patchy sides. But you know, I’m going to have respect for my elders, especially when they’re much, much elder.”

Burn. Absolute scorched earth reply. My God.

Not to be left out, Josh Allen was asked about the comments too and while he rocks with Minshew, he gave Fitzpatrick his props on a great, solid beard.

“You know what’s so crazy, I felt like I was just thinking about that yesterday. I was looking at him and I was like, ‘This dude does have a really good beard’, but you can’t beat the ‘stache, though. He rocks his. You have a lot of guys that try to do the little thing Gardner does and it just doesn’t look right. I feel like everybody can rock a nice beard. I got me a little beard. It’s not like his, but I rock mine. A lot of people can’t do what Gardner does, so I’m going to have to rock with my dog and keep that mustache game going ... I was watching film. Last night we were in a little team meeting and somebody just brought up the beard and I was like, ‘Bruh does have a really good beard’ because his chinstrap is so small, and the beard is just everywhere. It’s kind of cool, but like I said, I still rock with G-Money.”

The future is bright in Jacksonville, folks.