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Fitz says camp is key

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is hoping for a complete - or close to complete - training camp. Obviously, that's where the critical practice preparation for the season takes place.

Asked if the Bills had a slight advantage over some teams becasue they already are a year into their offensive system, Fitzpatrick said: "I think Peyton Manning would have a leg up because he’s been in that system a little longer. We have a lot of young guys and this work in the offseason really helps those guys, especially with the jump from year one to year two. David Nelson, Donald Jones, even Marcus Easley, Naaman Roosevelt, even Stevie (Johnson), a guy who hadn’t played much until last year. We’re really expecting to make a big jump this year. Without the work, the 7 on 7 work, the team work, I think it hurts us a little. Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of time to catch up in training camp. And I know those guys are working out hard right now. We’re going to throw as much together as we can."

"I think all the talk about guys getting their playbooks or not getting their playbooks, I think it’s very overrated, to be honest at this point," Fitzpatrick said. "You have to be out there doing it. You have to be on the field against a defense. You have to see situations against coverages. We're going to have a very similar offense to what we had last year. There’s going to be a period of time where guys are going to have to go through it again and think about their routes."

"At this point just being out here doing it on air, I don’t think that is a big issue," he said of not working with playbooks. "I think training camp is going to be the issue. That’s when we’re going to get the majority of our work done. I think that’s what happens in the offseason anyways, training camp is the big time."

---Mark Gaughan

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