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Jim Kelly thinks Ryan Fitzpatrick can handle the job

Ryan Fitzpatrick

In this May 23, 2011 photo, Buffalo Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick stretches during football practice in Elma, N.Y. One moment, he’s playfully bumping shoulders with teammates on their way out of the suburban Buffalo indoor sports complex that last week served home to the Bills’ players-organized workouts. The next, Fitzpatrick’s sitting on the turf exchanging jokes with a group of receivers, before heading to the far end of the field to watch safety George Wilson holding an impromptu walk-through tutoring the team’s younger players. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


The Bills have tried ten starting quarterbacks since Jim Kelly retired, and at times Kelly hasn’t been shy about voicing doubts about the signal caller du jour. Kelly has no such reservations about Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Kelly said on NFL Network Tuesday that the Bills were wise to pass on quarterbacks early in this year’s draft, and noted Fitzpatrick’s solid stats late last year.

“I’ve been watching him throw for the last month and he’s done such a great of communicating and running this offseason program,” Kelly said.

We think Buffalo would be an interesting landing spot for someone like Vince Young, as Chan Gailey has worked well with mobile quarterbacks. Kelly seems to think the Bills don’t need much more at quarterback, and it’s not that crazy a notion in the short term.

Fitzpatrick played pretty well last year, and we’d like to see what he could do in year two in Gailey’s system. He also will have the luxury of getting the majority of snaps in camp this time around after being behind Trent Edwards at this point last year.