Inside The Bills

Leadership time for Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on July 19, 2012 – 8:30 am

After signing a big new contract with the team this offseason Stevie Johnson has a couple of big items on his priority list for the 2012 season, which we cover extensively in our Top 25 questions until training camp series today (Thursday). While we cover an item on that list in our cover story on Buffalobills.com that pertains to his individual game, there’s another item that deals with his intangibles.

Johnson as the unquestioned go-to guy in the team’s passing game and a hefty contract to back that up is a leader now.

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This is the beginning for us and that’s what’s exciting. We’ve got a lot of unfinished business out there on the field, things that we want to accomplish together and things that we want to accomplish as a team.

“He’s got to make the next step now and the next step for him is something he’s done and something he needs to continue to build on is being a leader every day,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Not only for the guys in the receiving room but for everyone on the team. This puts him right at the top of one of the big leaders of the team, not just his group of guys. I think he has to realize that. All the stuff with the celebrations and the penalties that happened last year that stuff’s all done with. He’s a leader on this team and he’s a guy that’s concerned now about the team and winning and I think he’ll show that.”

At the same time Fitz and Johnson, who share a similar path to NFL success as former seventh-round draft choices are anxious to take the next step as a passing combination.

“This is the beginning for us and that’s what’s exciting,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’ve got a lot of unfinished business out there on the field, things that we want to accomplish together and things that we want to accomplish as a team.”


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