Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been able to get big plays out of several wide receivers this season. Stevie Johnson, Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish have been the big contributors, clearly, but David Nelson and Donald Jones have chipped in, as well. Now, with Evans joining Parrish on IR, Buffalo's younger receivers are going to get more playing time - and that suits Fitzpatrick just fine.
He even feels comfortable with local product Naaman Roosevelt, who could start seeing additional playing time now that the Bills are down to just four receivers on the active roster. Like Nelson and Jones before him, Roosevelt is a player that worked a lot with Fitzpatrick during training camp, and Buffalo's quarterback had high praise for the undrafted rookie out of the University at Buffalo.
"Naaman’s a playmaker," Fitzpatrick told reporters Wednesday. "He’s a guy that if you throw it in his direction he’s going to come down with it. He’s a guy that, you don’t know how sometimes, but he always finds himself open and he’s mister reliable. I’ve been able to develop a good chemistry with him. Guys take reps off in practice - they’re not taking all of the reps - so Naaman’s been a guy that’s been fit in for every position. He knows the entire offense and he’s a guy that I’ve thrown to a lot and feel comfortable with."
Right now, Johnson is the only receiver on the roster that will line up outside routinely. Roosevelt has a chance for some reps in the slot alongside Nelson and Jones, but the Bills will likely do a lot of personnel swapping to see which receivers produce best in Evans' stead.