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Before 2010, Ryan Fitzpatrick was a below-average QB.
After becoming "the guy" for the first time, Fitzpatrick had the best season of any Bills QB since Drew Bledsoe in 2002. Since the Bills are in a small market and have been in the cellar of the AFC East, Fitzpatrick's performance flew under the radar.
The Harvard graduate only had one three-interception game last season. That was against the New England Patriots. That also happened to be the only game in which he did not have a touchdown pass.
Fitzpatrick can still improve, but he performed better than most expected. He kept Buffalo competitive in most of their games.
Fitzpatrick is 28 years old. Compare that to Super Bowl XLV participants Aaron Rodgers (27) and Ben Roethlisberger (29).
If Ryan Fitzpatrick can maintain his steady play and avoid any serious injuries, there is no reason why he cannot remain the starter for seasons to come.
He was one of few bright spots for Buffalo last season, and the starting job is his to lose in 2011.