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Keys to the Season: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Cordy Glenn
Two players on offense, one old and one new, will make or break the season for the Buffalo Bills. No pressure.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn are those players, and we'll all be watching to see how they perform this year. Fitzpatrick needs to prove that the big-money deal the team gave him mid-way through the 2011 season wasn't a mistake. That means playing like he did in the first five games of 2011 and shaking off the memory of the last 11 games.
Glenn will step into the left tackle job in his first season, and he's joining an offensive line that is otherwise solid. In the AFC East, Glenn has to protect Fitzpatrick from the Cameron Wakes of the world if the Bills hope to capitalize on a very strong offseason.
The Bills will field a dominant defense in 2012, thanks in part to Mario Williams and Stephon Gilmore coming to town. Across the board, Buffalo's defense will be one of the best in the game if they get Gilmore up to speed early in his first season. The defense is good enough to carry the team, but Glenn and Fitzpatrick have to do their part too.