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Bills QB Fitzpatrick eager to regain swagger

Thursday - 11/8/2012, 4:24am  ET

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) sits on the bench after fumbling the ball in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Houston. Houston recovered the fumble and defeated the Bills 21-9. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer

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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