Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick declared the four days of players-only workouts a success today as his teammates finished their final session in Elma.
"I thought it went great, even better than I think any of the expectations," Fitzpatrick said. "It was kind of thrown together at the last minute. We asked guys to come out and spend some time out here, a lot of them away from their families. We had a great turnout and I think we got a lot out of it."
The NFL lockout continues. A court hearing on the merits of the lockout is scheduled for June 3, but a decision on that hearing isn't expected for probably several weeks after. The players know they are on their own for at least a month.
"We’ve got to plan like this thing is going to go on until training camp," Fitzpatrick said. "So we’ll get together one or two more times, depending on the timing of it. We’ve got to get together a couple more times, especially quarterback, receiver, running back, get some timing down."
Fitzpatrick thinks he got a big benefit in throwing passes to the recievers.
"I think the quarterback-receiver relationship and the timing of that is something you can work on year-round," he said. "That’s a lot different than maybe a linebacker taking drops or a safety trying to read his keys or whatever it is. A receiver is out there running routes and getting better. And me being able to throw to them, we can work on them and get better at that without a defense."
He also sees a benefit to building camaraderie. "We've continued to build on the off-field relationships that are really important, we’ve done a good job of (building) that so far, and hopefully it will pay off during the season."
There were about 31 Bills in attendance Thursday. Overall 37 Bills showed up at some point in the week.
Fitzpatrick said he expects the players to have another week of workouts in Western New York. Nothing is scheduled for the next several weeks. He said he might organize another passing-game week of work outside of Western New York, maybe near his Arizona home, depending on how long the lockout lasts.
"Right now we'll just play it by ear and see what we're going to do," he said.
Meanwhile, Bills linebacker Reggie Torbor was involved in a two-car "fender-bender" collision on Seneca Street at the entrance to the Sahlen's Sports Park while arriving for Thursday's session. Torbor was unhurt and participated fully in the workout. The driver of the other vehicle, a man in his 20s, was treated at the scene and released. Both cars had to be towed away.