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NFL Training Camp Battles: Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick Leads Charge

PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 08: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills looks to hand off during Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College on August 8, 2011 in Pittsford, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Robert QuinnCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

While the new-look Buffalo Bills are getting into their groove at St. John Fisher College, incumbent quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick is looking to build on a promising 2010 campaign.

Fitzpatrick, in his first season as a full-time starter, played 14 games, completing 57.8 percent of his passes for a total of 3,000 yards, 20 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions.

Keep in mind that those accomplishments came while being under center of one of the worst offensive lines in the entire National Football League and a very limited time of possession.

Oh, and in addition to that, he didn't have the luxury of working with the first team offense in the 2010 training camp, as the former Bills' quarterback, Trent Edwards was given that opportunity. 

Brian Brohm and Levi Brown remain on the roster, along with offseason free agent acquisitions Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith.

Thigpen has worked with Coach Chan Gailey during his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs and knows the style of offense he likes to run. He will be a serviceable backup to Fitzpatrick in the case of an injury to Fitz.

While Gailey was the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs in 2008, Thigpen was the starting quarterback, and passed for 2,608 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Furthermore, he brought mobility to the position, rushing for 386 yards and three touchdowns.

Former New York Jets' wide receiver, kick returner, Wildcat quarterback, etc., is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback on the Bills' depth chart behind Fitzpatrick and Thigpen.

Smith was a quarterback during his collegiate days at Missouri, where he rushed 799 times for 4,285 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Don't be surprised to see each of the three quarterbacks used in different packages throughout the season, however, Fitzpatrick will be the starter.

Expect to see a lot of Wildcat and reverse plays this year, with the upgraded mobility and skill players.

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