Ryan Fitzpatrick has no problems being called a gunslinger by Kurt Warner, who says he sees a bit of himself in the Bills’ quarterback.
Fitzpatrick happens to play the role of likable underdog quite well, because he’s easy to root for. As Charles Davis pointed out, it’s Fitzpatrick’s toughness that makes the rest of the Bills want to follow.
Fitzpatrick, though, has more in common with many of the Bills’ key offensive players than meets the eye. As a former seventh-round pick, he’s one of a core group — along with Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson, David Martin, Brad Smith, Donald Jones, Marcus Easley, and Scott Chandler, to name more than a few — who were middle- and late-round picks, weren’t picked at all, or were given up on by another team. Fitzpatrick said on “NFL Total Access” on Wednesday that bond has made a difference.
“Most of us were either on teams before that didn’t want us or didn’t get drafted. It’s a unique circumstance,” Fitzpatrick said. “You really don’t get that on a lot of teams, but everybody is so willing to work and put the effort in to go out there and play well on Sunday. We’ve bonded over the fact that maybe we’ve had to work a little bit harder to get to where we are, to get the opportunity we have right now, and we’re looking to take advantage of it.”
Fitzpatrick said he can sense the newfound optimism in Buffalo, and no question the Bills are one of the feel-good stories of the early season. We’ll see how long the momentum lasts.
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