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Though it was a small one, Ryan Fitzpatrick took a step in the right direction from Week 1 to Week 2. He threw no interceptions and managed the game well behind a strong run game.
But his accuracy is still a bit off, which was evident on a couple of missed throws against the Chiefs, and he’s been better before in making decisions with the football.
So what’s the problem?
Over the offseason, one of the big storylines was how new quarterbacks coach David Lee was working with Fitz on his mechanics. The well-respected QB guru was reportedly helping Fitz with his footwork and throwing motion, which was expected to help sharpen some of this throws.
While neither Fitz nor the Bills have seen all the dividends from that hard work just yet, his accuracy hasn’t been the only concern thus far (though it has been one). He’s made a couple of questionable decisions, and he's hesitated on a few open looks—particularly a wide-open Scott Chandler last week early in the game on third down.
Clearly, Fitz is not at his best right now. But that doesn’t mean he can’t get there.
Losing David Nelson will affect the spread offense, and Fitz is going to have to adapt. Both Chandler and Donald Jones should see more targets, but don’t be surprised to see Gailey slow the pace and stick to the run game until Fitz can get his feet fully under him.
In fact, doing so may help Fitz become more efficient. With such a strong running game, there’s no reason not to utilize it to help control the clock and create more open looks for the Harvard grad.