By Tim Graham
How Fred Jackson is like most Buffalo Bills fans: He wants them to sign some players, too.
How Jackson is unlike most Bills fans: He's not frustrated by the team's lack of recent activity.
Jackson is aware there are holes all over the Bills' roster, but he's willing to let the front office apply the spackle without criticism from him.
"You definitely would like to see players added here or there," Jackson told me this week, "but at the same time you have to put faith in the coaches and see what they decide to do and who they decide to bring in or what pieces they decide not to bring back.
"That's their job. As player, we just have to go out there and compete with the guys we do have here. We can't always control what's going on."
Jackson expressed disappointment in seeing two offensive starters leave last week.
The Bills released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and didn't re-sign left guard Andy Levitre. Both signed with the Tennessee Titans.
Levitre was a mainstay on the offensive line since the Bills drafted him in 2009. That was Jackson's breakout season, when he rushed for 1,062 yards and caught 46 passes for 371 yards.
"You hate to see a guy like that go, a guy that's been a constant on the offensive line since he's been here," Jackson said. "He didn't miss a single game. He's been out there, busting his butt to stay on the field.
"He definitely opened up some holes for me, and I'm going to miss him. He's a guy that made me better. But at the same time, you're happy for him. He was able to hit free agency and get a big pay check because of it. I wish him the best."
Jackson said Fitzpatrick is "a guy I was really close to." One of the first calls Fitzpatrick made upon learning the Bills were cutting him was to Jackson.
"It's one of those things that he felt disappointed in himself because he wasn't able to get it turned around -- as we all feel bad," Jackson said. "If we have a winning season or get in the playoffs, a lot of these changes don't happen."
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