ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't need the threat of the Buffalo Bills drafting a quarterback next spring to get his attention.
The Bills starter is as disappointed in his inconsistent production and losing record to appreciate why his future is suddenly in question. General manager Buddy Nix went public last week expressing a desire to draft a franchise quarterback.
Taking no offense to Nix's comments, Fitzpatrick is up for the challenge while understanding he's running out of chances to prove himself.
Head coach Chan Gailey, who runs the offense, insists continues to maintain quarterback is not his biggest problem.
"Ryan has played extremely well at times, and I am going to go back to that word consistency that I have been using for our whole football team. We have not been consistent at a lot of places. I think that over the last couple of weeks he has completed almost 70-percent of his passes. Playing better and I think that if we can get everything working together like we need to and it is my responsibility to get done, then I think we will be fine there."
The Harvard graduate was among the NFL's early-season, feel-good stories last year after getting the Bills off to a 5-2 start. He's since gone 4-13, and has the Bills (3-5) in jeopardy of falling out of the playoff picture.
They travel to play AFC East rival New England (5-3) on Sunday.