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Fitz looks fit

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks in pretty good shape during players workouts this week.

He looks trimmer than last season, although he said he's essentially the same weight as throughout his career. He's listed at 225 on the Bills' roster. He said he's 227. But he said he feels in improved condition.

"I think I am. I do weigh a little bit more, just a couple pounds, but in terms of the strength stuff I’ve been doing, the guy I’ve been working with in Arizona, I’ve been doing a lot more of that this offseason to prevent (injury). ... I've worked with Keith Poole. He played receiver in the league for a number of years. Just to prevent injury and kind of get back into it. I think I got away from that a little bit last year."

Poole played five years in the NFL, with the Saints and Broncos. He's an Arizona State graduate, and he runs a fitness center in suburban Phoenix.

Fitzpatrick, incidentally, has re-grown the beard he shaved off at the end of the season, which only was noteworthy because it got to "Grizzly Adams" length by the end of the year. He said he doesn't know if he will keep it.

---Mark Gaughan


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