Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick got off to a hot start in his 2011 campaign, tossing 14 touchdowns to just six interceptions for 1,736 yards in his first six games of the year.
However, in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins, Fitzpatrick cracked four ribs and bruised his sternum from a devastating blow by linebacker London Fletcher, according to Buffalo News.
After suffering the injury, Fitzpatrick threw just 10 touchdowns to an unimpressive 16 interceptions in the remaining nine games.
Fitzpatrick finished the season completing 62 percent of his passes, while throwing for 3,832 yards, 24 touchdowns and a league-leading 23 interceptions.
This offseason, he has been working on his throwing mechanics with quarterback coach, David Lee. Fitzpatrick has realized his shortcomings in his footwork, telling BuffaloBills.com:
He’s all about the lower half...The footwork, making sure you’re not getting your feet in the way of your hips when you’re throwing the ball. That’s something we’ve worked on a lot because I have an issue with balls I’m throwing to my left, just making sure everything is open so I’m not closing my hips off and can’t fire with balls dying. There are a lot of things that we have been looking at after he made a bunch of clips from last year of specific throws that I’ve struggled with.
With his injury healed and an offseason to further improve his mechanics, Fitzpatrick could be a late sleeper with high potential to improve from the 207 fantasy points he scored last year.