Accuracy on the Rise for the Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick

By Jeff Sattora

When the Buffalo Bills named Ryan Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback in 2009 there were more than a few questions on whether or not he was the right man for the job in Western New York.

While not all those doubters have totally left, Fitz has made moves to improve during his time as the starting signal caller, with one of those main improvements being in accuracy.

Fitz’s accuracy has jumped each season in Buffalo, going from 55.9% in 2009 to 57.9% in 2010, then up again in 2011 to a career high 62.0%. That accuracy was also not a quick flash in the pan as it was the first season in his career where Fitzpatrick played all 16 regular season games.

The quarterback is not even close to settling with that 62 number, as he has been continuing to work and improve that accuracy with new quarterbacks coach David Lee.

“My accuracy this off-season is higher than it’s been in my whole NFL career,” Fitzpatrick told  “(David Lee) charts everything. He charts when we’re throwing one-on-one, team and even on air. He’s making sure that I’m getting the most out of everything. You see it in the numbers now and hopefully it translates to one the field as well.”

With an improved defense, strong running game, and improving young receivers, everything is in place for Fitzpatrick to succeed in 2012.

If Fitzpatrick can keep those accuracy numbers on the rise, or even stay close to that 62%, as well as knock his in interception total down (he had 23 last season), he will be in prime position to help the Bills franchise end their 12  year playoff drought.

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