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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson among 6 captains

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills have voted on their team captains for the 2012 season.

They are quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, running back Fred Jackson, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, safety George Wilson, punter Brian Moorman and fullback Corey McIntyre. Two on offense, two on defense, two on special teams.

Moorman is Buffalo's longest-serving captain at seven years. Wilson, one of the team's obvious locker-room leaders and their union representative, is a defensive captain for the first time. He has been a special-teams captain in the past.

Fitzpatrick and Jackson are in their second seasons as captains.

Each player will have a "C" affixed to his uniform. Their responsibilities will include assisting in the on-field communication with the game officials.

In May 2007, the NFL introduced the team captain initiative with the purpose of supporting and recognizing the importance of team leadership. The initiative has been strongly endorsed by the NFL head coaches and by the six-member NFL Player Advisory Council that was established by Commissioner Roger Goodell in conjunction with the NFL Players Association.

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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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