Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Johnson wants to see Fitz earn starting job in 2013


Stevie Johnson doesn’t think quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a “bum” per say; far from it. But that doesn’t mean that he, or anyone on the team, is immune to a bit of competition.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Johnson recently acknowledged what is blatantly obvious at this point — the Buffalo Bills are going to be bringing in some new quarterback blood. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

"He is a good quarterback. We've all seen that,” the team's No. 1 wideout said of Fitzpatrick. “Obviously, they may bring somebody else in. I just hope it leads to competition. I think Fitz is one of those competitors. He may come out with the job again."

“May” seems like the operative word here, as Fitzpatrick didn’t turn many heads in 2012, particularly when it came to throwing the ball deep down the field.

Johnson has always been Fitzpatrick’s biggest supporter, at least publicly, and Graham noted that Johnson still seems confident in Fitzpatrick as his signal-caller.

“You look at these games, and we're still in it," Johnson said. "If he was a bum, we wouldn't have been in any of these games … If we went out and got another quarterback, who knows what'll happen? Fitz may still win, or the other guy my win. Let it happen like that.”

The quarterback draft class this season isn't strong at all, though there has been plenty of speculation that coach Doug Marrone could target his former Syracuse Orange signal-caller Ryan Nassib, even if it is a little premature at No. 8 overall.

Seahawks backup Matt Flynn is among a few quarterbacks up for a trade or free agency who could compete for a starting job this season, but it feels like Buffalo is going to try to fill the void via the draft.

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