Bills QB Fitzpatrick eager to regain swagger

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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It was a feel-good story while it lasted: Harvard quarterback gets the Buffalo Bills off to a surprising start and is rewarded with lucrative contract extension.

A year later, Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to only look at his inconsistent production and losing record to understand why the national attention and colorful "Fitz-Magic" references have disappeared, replaced instead by questions about his future.

And general manager Buddy Nix didn't need to go public last week in expressing a desire to draft a "franchise quarterback" in order to get Fitzpatrick's attention.

The eighth-year NFL journeyman and former seventh-round draft pick knows quarterbacks "have to win games or else."

The Bills (3-5) and Fitzpatrick find themselves at a crossroad in preparing to play at AFC East rival New England (5-3), where Buffalo's lost 11 straight.

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