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Sun, Feb 7, 2016

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Fitzpatrick likes growth of team's offense

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--Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the potential of Buffalo's offense, which ranked 14th last year, cracking the Top 10: "I think that is what we want to be. And I think statistics lie sometimes. There are a lot of things that go into being a successful offense. That is something we look at though. We see ourselves getting better every year and that is one of those stats that we have continued to improve. Again we are looking for improvement on that end and then taking out some of the turnovers. Better third-down efficiency, better red-zone efficiency; that kind of stuff. We are excited with a lot of the things that happened last year and obviously trying to build on those and eliminate the negative ones."

--When is someone who goes 6-4, 255 called a "little dude?" When the person doing the talking goes 6-6, 283. "Well, when you're only 210 pounds you can't really do it like guys like me do," said Mario Williams, joking about the unorthodox pass-rushing style of new teammate Mark Anderson. "Thumbs up to Mark. It's tough for him. He's a little dude. It works." Said Anderson: "He is just mad because I jumped a higher vertical than him. He owes me some money. I had a 42, the best in the 2006 draft. Look that up. He had a 41 or something. It was nothing compared to my vertical."

--Wide receiver Stevie Johnson has high praise for rookie cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the team's first-round pick out of South Carolina. The two squared off a few times one-on-one in minicamp with Johnson easing back into the flow from offseason groin surgery.

"The couple of plays I was in against Stephon he showed great quickness," Johnson said. "He is talented. From watching him and then lining up against him, I am correct when I say he is going to be a good, a great one. I kind of stuttered over the 'great' because I do not want to put that much pressure on him. He is going to be a solid defensive back. He is going to win some, I am going to win some but we are going to make each other better at the end of the day."

--Second-year cornerback Aaron Williams is a lot more comfortable than his rookie season. How so? He's talking some trash, always a sign of improving confidence. "The first year you want to listen more than you talk," said Williams, who will challenge for a full-time starting spot in camp. "When you get used to everybody's personality and the chemistry of this team the trash talk starts coming out. Especially in minicamp and training camp. It is all just competing, grinding each other and getting each other better. The trash talking is just trying to keep my confidence up. Even if it is a bad play I am not going to let you know that you had me on that one play. I am going to keep going."

"You've got to crawl before you walk. I'm excited just like everybody else is but at the same time we've got some things we've got to fix communication-wise from the front to the back. You take this time and you go out and you execute what you've got and just fine-tune the little things. You've got to be patient." - DE Mario Williams on the importance of offseason practice.

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