PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills completed Tuesday's practice at St. Fisher College.
Here are some notes and observations:
It was a up-and-down day for starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Quarterbacks coach David Lee has really worked on Fitzpatrick's fundamentals to build consistency, but it's still a work in progress. A perfect example on Tuesday was when Fitzpatrick's deep pass to receiver Derek Hagan went for a touchdown in team drills. And the very next play Fitzpatrick threw an interception. That's been the story of Fitzpatrick's career. He led the NFL in interceptions in 2011. If Fitzpatrick reduces his turnovers, the Bills should be in better position to win games. Fitzpatrick had a solid day overall, minus a few throws.
Speaking of Hagan, Buffalo's receivers made some plays. Hagan and rookie receiver T.J. Graham both stood out. They are among several receivers competing for the No. 2 receiver slot in training camp. Hagan got good separation throughout the day, while Graham made some catches over the middle. It appears different receivers are making plays on different days for Buffalo.
Buffalo has a variety of options at punt return. Running back C.J. Spiller, cornerback Leodis McKelvin and receiver Donald Jones all fielded kicks on Tuesday. Spiller and McKelvin are probably the favorites.
The play of the day came from backup quarterback/receiver Brad Smith. He threw a beautiful deep ball to receiver David Clowney that earned cheers from the crowd. Both Smith and Clowney were former teammates with the New York Jets.
Bills coach Chan Gailey had a message for the team after practice. He wants his team to said, “Be the best we can be every day.” Gailey acknowledged to his team that Buffalo has the talent. But hard work is what will set teams apart.