By Eric Schmidt

It’s been a dozen years since the Buffalo Bills last reached the playoffs, but QB Ryan Fitzpatrick sees some big things for the team in 2012. The Bills should field an offense capable scoring a lot of points and with the additions on defense, Buffalo might be on the verge of competing for a possible wildcard berth in the very near future, if not 2012.

Appearing on WGR radio in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick expressed his excitement regarding the Bills in 2012, focusing on Bills receiver Donald Jones and the maturation of running back C. J. Spiller. Fitzpatrick said this offseason, he has increased his confidence level and the accuracy of his throws.

Fitzpatrick spoke highly of WR Donald Jones. “I think Donald’s a guy that’ll probably come out and surprise some people.” Jones struggled with injury issues last season and only appeared in eight games for the Bills recording 231 yards but 101 of those yards came in the Bills home game against the New England Patriots.

Fitzpatrick continued his endorsement of the Bills team, saying that C.J. Spiller has shown that he has matured since last season and has a new sense of confidence. “C.J. is a completely changed man. It’s been apparent from Day 1 of this offseason. I think the biggest thing with what he did at the end of the year last year was he got his confidence, and you just see how comfortable he is in the system now.”

Spiller could be poised for a breakout season after assuming a larger role for the Bills last season. By season’s end, Spiller had assumed the role of starting tailback for the Bills after Fred Jackson went down with a season ending injury. Spiller responded with 561 yards and a gaudy 5.2 yards per carry average. The Bills have announced that they have intentions of running the Wildcat offense with QB Brad Smith running the package under center.

Buffalo has a schedule which could see the Bills win 8 to 9 games in 2012. Fitzgerald seems to like the Bills chances to reach the playoffs this season, “I think you expect big things out of us this year.”

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