The Bills passing game has not been the model of precision of late for the Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick and his core of receivers have not been on the same page often enough to sustain and finish off drives. Here’s what they’ve done to tighten things up.
“It’s a practice thing that you have to keep practicing and working on the routes that you’re going to throw in the ball game,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “The thing about it is you can’t practice on air and the scout team defense exactly how it’s going to be during the course of a ball game. There’s a feel you get with guys that you only get through repetition. We had it with David Nelson. We don’t have it with T.J. (Graham) at this point. But Donald (Jones), Scott (Chandler) and Stevie (Johnson) we should be better with those guys and we’ve really worked with those three to make sure we’re on point with them this week.”
Stevie Johnson had six catches last week, but for all of 39 yards. He still believes the chemistry between himself and Fitz is there.
“I think it’s still there,” said Johnson. “I can’t say it’s terrible, we just didn’t connect on a couple of passes. I still think we have the chemistry we’ve been having. I’m still happy with where we are (as a tandem) right now.”
When asked what he and the receivers can do Johnson put the onus on the receivers.
“Just get open. Get more open,” he said. “We make it easier for Fitz to see the separation then it’s an easier pass and an easier catch. Those are the things we can do.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick has sat down with his top receiving targets as he does every week to go over a few plays in the film room with them to discuss plays they think they can win on against Arizona.
“It’s been the same with what we feel like we can get on certain players in certain coverages,” said Johnson. “That’s pretty much what we talk about in our film time and that’s against every team that we’re up against. It’s just basically been the same thing, what we think we can win and what we might need to adjust to.”
“In that extra film session in the times that you’re meeting with guys that they understand the importance of this game and that we need to get back on the right track,” said Fitzpatrick.
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