Pittsford (WKBW.com) It was only a walk-through but Bills Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found it difficult to temper his enthusiasm. Fitzpatrick was all smiles as he hit the field here at St. John Fisher College on Thursday morning.
"It is good to be back just to get everything started.", said Fitzpatrick .
"I love training camp. I love getting away. Being able to kind of put normal life aside for a little bit and getting here being able to focus one-hundred percent on football. I think this team is ready."
Key off season additions have raised the bar for Fitzpatrick and the Bills. The quarterback says he's ready to tackle the increased expectations, and shoulder the pressure with a new season on the horizon.
"I love it. If I did not love it I do not think I would play the position of QB. That is why we do it. I want all of the pressure to fall on me so the other guys can just go out there and play. Me being one of the older guys in the huddle, especially with our skill players, I love taking the pressure. It takes it off of them. They are able to just go out there and play. My shoulders are big enough for that and that is something that I enjoy.", said Fitzpatrick.
Like the Bills, Fitzpatrick will try and bounce back from an up and down 2011 season. The quarterback finished with 3,382 yards passing , 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 2011.
I have a ton of belief in myself. The self confidence is something that is huge at the QB position. I am ready to go out there and play. I have proved it. I have showed it. I have played well in stretches. Although, I think consistency is the big thing.
Some other notes from the first walk through at camp-
-Stevie Johnson says he will be full go for the first practice this afternoon. The wide receiver says he's at 90+ percent coming off of groin surgery this off-season. He was limited for most of OTAs and mini-camp
-DB Terrence McGee says he's not 100 percent but will practice here later today. The veteran corner is coming off of surgery to his patella tendon.
-In the "If you are keeping track at home" category - Chris Hairston was working with the first team offense at left tackle Thursday morning.