2011 Buffalo Bills: Steve Johnson and Five Candidates for Offensive Captains

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2011

MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Receiver Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills catches a pass  against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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With the NFL Lockout depriving football fans of free agency, training camp updates, and trades, I've decided to take a look at five Buffalo Bills' offensive starters who could represent the team with the "C" on their jersey.

Being a captain of a National Football League is a big responsibility, and those who don the "C" are well respected by their teammates both on and off the field. 


Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the reins as the Buffalo Bills quarterback last season after incumbent quarterback Trent Edwards was cut after just two weeks. Fitzpatrick seamlessly made the transition to his starting role, passing for 3,000 yards, while tossing 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his 14 games.

While he didn't have the confidence of the coaching staff behind him entering the year, the players have had nothing but positive feedback in the media regarding their signal caller.

His beard was a trending topic in Buffalo, and he has been working out with his receivers and running backs throughout the entire NFL Lockout. 


Steve Johnson

Stevie Johnson went from an unknown commodity to an AFC East superstar, after the former seventh-round draft pick out of Kentucky had a stellar year. In his first two seasons as a Bill, he caught a mere 10 passes for 112 yards, scoring two touchdowns.

However, working with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the backups last year gave him the time to work on his route running and timing with Fitz, which lead to his unprecedented 82 reception, 1,073 yard, 10 touchdown campaign.

He is a leader on the offense, and always had energy to pump up his teammates. Johnson became a fan favorite overnight, and often interacts with them via Twitter. 

Eric Wood

Eric Wood seems to be the leader of the offensive line, as the third-year guard is panning out to be one of the better Buffalo Bills' draft selections in recent years.

He earns my respect for his comments towards Aaron Maybin during last year's training camps, in which he told his fellow first round draft selection to "earn some of his damn money."

Being on the offensive line he doesn't garner respect from the outside, but he is respected by his teammates and Bills' fans alike, which earns him a "C" in my book.


Lee Evans

Lee Evans had one of the worst statistical seasons of his eight-year career, catching just 38 passes for 578 yards and scoring four touchdowns.

However, the humble veteran continues to be a leader and a teacher to the young receiving corps on the Bills. He wore the "C" last year, and is beloved by Bills fans for his dedication to the team and the community. 


Fred Jackson

Fred Jackson's story of making it to the National Football League is an intriguing one, as he had to fight through playing in the CFL to finally get noticed. He is a class act, and is widely unrecognized by the league, despite continuing to put up solid statistics behind an awful offensive line.

In 2009, he became the only player to gain over 1,000 yards rushing and returning kicks. In 2010, he rushed 222 times for 927 yards and five touchdowns, the most of his career.

This veteran is teaching C.J. Spiller the ins and outs of being a professional running back in the league, even though he knows Spiller is the heir to his position. 


Who do you think should make the list and why?