Inside The Bills

Why no 7-on-7 for Fitz

Posted by Chris Brown on August 15, 2012 – 11:37 am

On Monday and Tuesday Ryan Fitzpatrick did not take any snaps during 7-on-7 team work in practice. Head coach Chan Gailey said there was more than one reason why it was done.

“It was two-fold,” said Gailey. “Ryan had taken a bunch of throws and we wanted to get him some rest. We wanted the other guys to make a lot of throws and further evaluate those two guys. So it was really a two-fold things. Ryan didn’t throw the one-on-ones for a couple of days. So we’re taking that opportunity to rest him and get them reps.”

Fitzpatrick was fine with giving his arm a break, but says his arm is in good shape at this point.

“They’re just giving me a little more rest and giving those guys some reps in the 7-on-7 stuff,” he said. “That’s a good time to go through your reads and make sure you’re throwing to the right guy. To me that team work (11-on-11) is really important in terms of the live rush and doing that so I wanted to make sure I focused on that and gave the other guys some time in 7-on-7’s and get down some of the timing and throws.”

The Bills QB says once you get to the preseason games and have off days coming out of those games there really is no concern about burning out your throwing arm.

“My arm feels good and once you hit the season you’re not throwing every day so it’s never an issue,” he said.


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