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T.J. gains respect in shouldering blame

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2012 – 2:09 pm

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said he learned something about rookie WR T.J. Graham after hearing that the receiver took the blame for the failed pass to the end zone that wound up being intercepted by Devin McCourty with 23 seconds remaining preventing a come from behind Bills win Sunday.

In his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, Fitzpatrick was quick to address Graham’s comments that he messed up the pass route on the critical play.

“First I’d like to point out that shows a lot of maturity for T.J. to come and shoulder the blame for the play,” said Fitzpatrick. “There’s no reason he had to do that. The onus is on the quarterback there to make sure everybody is on the same page and to make sure he knows what I expect out of him in that situation. It was a judgment call on his part on whether to go under or over the top. I was hoping he went under and he went over the top and that was the disconnect on that play.”

Fitzpatrick indicated that because of Graham’s willingness to point at himself first, it’s likely to strengthen their on field relationship in the wake of the failed play.

“T.J. is a guy that is so willing with all this stuff it’s a learning process,” said Fitzpatrick. “For him to accept the blame that tells me a lot about him because he didn’t have to do that. It’s a judgment call, so it doesn’t mean he didn’t know what he was doing. That makes me even more likely to go back to him because he holds himself accountable just like everybody else does.”

Fitzpatrick also said based on the coverage that the Patriots were showing, Fitzpatrick had determined that he was going to Graham with the ball seeing it as the best opportunity for success on the play.

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