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Fitzpatrick loves what he sees from Gilmore so far

By Tim Graham

We had a busy afternoon in Orchard Park, where the Buffalo Bills held their first of this week's three minicamp sessions before closing down operations until training camp.

Reporters just started getting back to the media center. Buffalo News beat writers Mark Gaughan and Jay Skurski will be posting on the blog in a little bit.

For now, here's what Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had to say about rookie cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore, the 10th overall selection in this year's draft, has been lining up with the first-team defense. He's giving receivers -- and Fitzpatrick -- trouble. Gilmore defends his man tightly and aggressively.

"He's really talented. He's done a great job," Fitzpatrick said. "We haven't been in pads, but it looks like he's going to be a pretty physical corner. He's got good size to him, runs well."

Fitzpatrick noted two elements of Gilmore's game have especially stuck out in practices.

"He's got great instincts," Fitzpatrick said. "You can tell that right away.

"And the second thing is he wants to be out there and learn the game. He wants to be out there, and he's mad if somebody makes a catch on him. He's got that competitiveness that you need at that position. That's been impressive."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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