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With a 2-2 record as a starter this season, Fitzpatrick also rallied the Bills to a 16-13 overtime win over the Jets on Oct. 18, taking over after Edwards was knocked out by a concussion.
Fitzpatrick's overall numbers aren't all that impressive. He's 73 of 134 (54 percent) for 905 yards, with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. But he's won the trust of the Bills receivers by attempting deep passes and throwing into coverage -- something Edwards resisted.
"He's definitely not afraid to take a shot. And he trusts what he sees," receiver Lee Evans said. "He has that type of savvy-ness about him, that leadership about him that you could just trust the guy."
Fitzpatrick signed with the Bills as a free agent this offseason after starting 12 games for Cincinnati last year after Carson Palmer was hurt. After a shaky start, he helped the Bengals finish 4-3-1, winning his last three games.
"I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone personally," Fitzpatrick said. "I know, especially after last year, that I can be a successful starter in this league. And now that I'm on another team and we're winning games, maybe that shows a little more."
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