Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick came into the 2010 with many believing he had no chance to keep the starting job very long. As it turned out, Fitzpatrick had a very solid season, posting 23 touchdown passes and 3,000 yards passing.
How committed is head coach Chan Gailey to Fitzpatrick as the starter next season?
“Very committed. He’s done a lot of good things, he can improve. But, we’ve got to stop the turnovers. If we can do that, I think we give ourselves a chance to be a successful offense,” Gailey said.
One player that needs to show improvement is RB C.J. Spiller, who was selected with the ninth pick overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
“I see a multiuse guy, outside-inside running back and (in the) slot. Getting him the ball – whether it’s in space, on the run handing it to him – or whether it’s in space throwing it to him. And I think he’ll continue to get better as an inside runner. I think every time he does it, he gets better. And one of the real issues, and this is something he’ll have to address, is he’s got to become a better pass protector if we want to continue to look at him as an every down back. You have to be able to protect in this business,” Gailey said.
If Gailey and the team’s personnel staff does stick with Fitzpatrick for next season, the Bills could turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Elsewhere, the Bills signed practice squad players LB Jammie Kirlew and OT Jason Watkins to future contracts.
— Adam Caplan