Plus, Buffalo brings in a veteran to compete in the return game
Today’s edition of Buffalo Rumblinks leads off with the news that Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former fan favorite at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and eight other NFL teams, is reportedly calling it a career after 17 seasons in the league.
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Former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick calling it a career
Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former seventh-round quarterback out of Harvard, was Buffalo’s signal caller for four seasons, his longest stint with any team during his 17-year NFL career. The ultimate underdog at the league’s most important position, Fitzpatrick finished his career with 34,990 passing yards, 223 touchdown passes, and one of the most memorable beards in league history.
- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, forever a favorite of Bills Mafia, appears set to retire after 17 NFL seasons – Buffalo News
- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick retiring after 17 years, nine NFL teams: Reports – The Athletic (subscription required).
- Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick retires – WGR 550
- After 17 seasons in the NFL, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tells Bills teammates he’s retiring – newyorkupstate.com
- Longtime NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick announces retirement, source says – ESPN.com
Bills sign WR/returner Tavon Austin
In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills traded down with the then St. Louis Rams before selecting QB EJ Manuel. With that pick, the Rams selected WR Tavon Austin. Nine years later, the Bills have signed Austin to compete for depth at receiver and in the return game.
- Bills sign veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin – Buffalo News
- Report: Bills sign Tavon Austin – WGR 550
- Buffalo Bills sign Tavon Austin: Is former top-10 pick the answer at punt returner? (4 things to know) – newyorkupstate.com
- Bills sign wide receiver Tavon Austin – BuffaloBills.com
LB Andre Smith suspended six games
Buffalo Bills linebacker and special teams standout Andre Smith will miss the first six games of the 2022 NFL season after he violated the league’s PED policy.
- Bills linebacker Andre Smith suspended six games by NFL for violating league’s PED policy – Buffalo News
- Report: Andre Smith suspended six games – WGR 550
- Buffalo Bills’ Andre Smith suspended six games for violating PED policy – Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Highlights from ‘The Match’
Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes fell to Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in the made-for-television golf competition, “The Match,” which featured its fair share of bad golf, an exciting finish, and some great trash talk.
- Aaron Rodgers’ birdie putt on 12th hole provides winning margin over Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes in The Match – Buffalo News
- ‘The Match’ roundtable: Highlights from Rodgers-Brady vs. Mahomes-Allen – The Athletic (subscription required).
- 5 takeaways from The Match: Patrick Mahomes carries Josh Allen; duo loses on final hole to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers – newyorkupstate.com
- Aaron Rodgers putt defeats Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in The Match – BuffaloBills.com
Odds and ends
Learn how veteran quarterback Case Keenum made the most of the extra repetitions he received in practice this week, find out which players impressed during Bills Organized Team Activities (OTAs), hear how new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey plans to keep Buffalo’s high octane offense humming, and more!
- Bills Notebook: With Josh Allen away, Case Keenum gets in extra practice reps – Buffalo News
- Bills OTAs: Punter competition, James Cook impresses and Case Keenum in for Josh Allen – The Athletic (subscription required).
- With the keys to one of the NFL’s best offenses, here’s what Bills new OC plans to do – Democrat & Chronicle
- Bills add two to analytics department in full-time roles – Buffalo News
- Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Bandits raise $1M in wake of mass shooting – ESPN.com
- Terrance Gray, Eric Washington hope NFL Accelerator Program will break down barriers – BuffaloBills.com
- The Bills’ burden, and what sticks with the losers of sports’ greatest games – The Athletic (subscription required).