Inside The Bills

What Fitz did came as surprise

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2011 – 4:25 pm

Even the best personnel minds in the NFL could not have accurately predicted what the Bills would get from Ryan Fitzpatrick once he stepped into the starting lineup in Week 3 of 2010. Even Bills GM Buddy Nix.

Appearing on the FAN 590 in Toronto earlier this week, Nix was asked if he expected Fitzpatrick to do what he did last year once he was inserted into the starting lineup at New England last September.

“No, I didn’t,” he said. “Watching Ryan as a backup through the spring, OTAs and camp you always said, ‘Wow, who made that throw?’ And normally it was number 14. So we knew there was a chance for him to do it, and we wanted to give him that opportunity early and I’m glad we did because it moved us ahead. If we went through the (2010) year and then tried to give it to him then it would’ve been a learning curve this year. So I think it put us a little bit ahead. I’m not saying we knew this all along, but we were somewhat forced into it with him being the best we had and then as Chan and George Cortez worked with him he took to it and got better and better.”

And in 2011 he obviously took another step, a step his teammates clearly notice.

“He did a great job coming in and he’s kind of a risk taker at times,” said Eric Wood. “But as we’ve all seen he’s evolved into a pretty efficient passer.”

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