ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — On Friday, Ryan Fitzpatrick will open his first training camp as a starting QB in the NFL, after throwing for 3,000 yards and 23 TD's last season.
Throughout an uncertain offseason, Fitzpatrick organized a series of player workouts - including a mini-camp in Arizona, three days of passing drills in Elma, and periodic workouts at area high school fields.
Through the process, Fitzpatrick solidified himself as the leader of the Bills offense, and hopes what the players accomplished in the offseason will translate to the field.
”I think we're at a little of a disadvantage, because there are some cities where a lot of guys stay there year round. It was hard at times to work out schedules, and get everyone in the same place, just to get on the field together,” said Fitzpatrick. “Whether it was just throwing, or practicing, or getting everyone working out, but I try to make it a point for at least the receivers, running backs, to get here early.”
“He's a winner. He's a guy that goes out and lays it on the line every time you step on the field. Those are the kind of guys you want to go to battle with - especially when it's your QB. He's a smart player. I'm glad to have him on my team, and hopefully he can get us over the hump and into the playoffs,” said running back CJ Spiller.