Nov 212012
 

Last week: 25 (+4)

Record: 4-6

It’s looking more and more likely that Ryan Fitzpatrick will not be back as the starter next season, owed 7.25 million non-guaranteed. GM Buddy Nix is known for being an open book when it comes to his offseason plans and his draft plans in particular. In 2010, he mentioned several times how much he wants one of those really speedy backs. Then with the 9th pick overall, he took CJ Spiller. Last year, he went on and on about the need to add cornerbacks and then drafted 2, including Stephon Gilmore 10th overall.

This year, he’s hinted on several occasions that he’d like to draft a quarterback early in the draft. Fir he said this: “Listen, we have said from day one, that we want to draft a good young quarterback. I don’t want to leave here without a franchise guy for the future in place. I have not said that before but I’m saying it now because it’s fact. Then he said this: “Let me be as honest as I can. I think we really need to address it [the quarterback [position] this year. The thing we can’t do is you can’t create one. You can’t go out, thinking ‘I’ve got to make this guy a player.’ If you do, then you’re going to be in a bigger mess.”

Most recently, he said this about rookie quarterbacks: “You draft them to play them now. You don’t draft them to let them sit. They’re thrown in there, and they’re responding extremely well right now.” If he’s to be believed, and I think he is, it looks like Fitzpatrick will not be brought back in 2013 and that he’ll be replaced by a rookie who will start immediately. It remains to be seen if Head Coach Chan Gailey, one of Fitzpatrick’s biggest backers and the owner of a 14-28 record in 2 ½ season as Head Coach of the Bills, will go with him. I’d say it’s more likely than not that he does.

Buffalo Bills

Studs

RB CJ Spiller: Rushed for 91 yards (65 after contact) on 22 attempts, 8 broken tackles, caught 3 passes for 39 yards on 4 attempts, allowed 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback hurry on 10 pass block snaps

LG Andy Levitre: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 37 pass block snaps, run blocked for 12 yards on 3 attempts

C Eric Wood: Did not allow a pressure on 37 pass block snaps, run blocked for 37 yards on 6 attempts

CB Leodis McKelvin: Allowed 2 catches for 21 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts, 1 solo tackle, 1 penalty, returned 3 kickoffs for 75 yards, returned 3 punts for 98 yards and a touchdown

FS Jairus Byrd: Allowed 1 catch for 2 yards on 2 attempts, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops

P Shawn Powell: 7 punts for 317 yards, 5 inside 20, 3 returns for 31 yards, 40.9 net yards per punt

Duds

WR Donald Jones: Caught 2 passes for 11 yards on 4 attempts on 36 pass snaps, 6.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop

WR TJ Graham: Caught 2 passes for 5 yards on 2 attempts on 29 pass snaps, 1.5 YAC per catch, 1 penalty

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