It seems absurd, nearly a year after the fact, to note that Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick spent the entirety of 2010 training camp buried on the depth chart behind Trent Edwards and, at times, Brian Brohm. While Lee Evans ponders what might have been had that not been the case, it did help Fitzpatrick develop rapport with a wider selection of the team's wide receiver depth.
That rapport was crucial throughout the season, as the team lost receivers to injury and were still able to produce. It's why Stevie Johnson went from unknown to an 82-catch, 1,073-yard, 10-touchdown breakout star. It's why three undrafted rookie free agents (David Nelson, Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt) combined for 58 catches, 704 yards and four touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick told reporters on Tuesday at voluntary player workouts that getting back into rhythm with his receivers is getting easier.
"It was a good first day of throwing, I'll tell you that," Fitzpatrick told The Buffalo News. "It is like riding a bike. We were kidding out here. Just throwing some of that stuff to Lee, I could do it with my eyes closed. Even David Nelson. He's become a guy that we've worked enough now that I'm getting real comfortable throwing the ball to him."