DJ Fitzpatrick Signs with Bills

Former Notre Dame punter DJ Fitzpatrick signed with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday according to their official website.

The Bills re-signed a young prospect who performed admirably in last year’s preseason as punter D.J. Fitzpatrick was brought back into the fold Tuesday.

Signed last offseason as a bonus NFL Europa roster exemption, Fitzpatrick appeared in Buffalo’s first three preseason games in 2007 before he was one of three cuts to reduce Buffalo’s roster to the necessary 75 by Aug. 28 last summer.

Bills punter Brian Moorman believes Fitzpatrick has NFL ability.

“D.J. definitely has the potential to play in this league and more importantly, I think he has the mental ability and drive,” said Moorman. “I see a lot of myself in him in that he is in a very similar situation that I was in back in 1999 and 2000 with Jeff Feagles in Seattle.”

Fitzpatrick punted in Buffalo’s first three preseason games with seven kicks for 342 yards for a gross average of 48.9 and a net of 37.4. The 25-year old has a strong leg as he had at least one punt of 50 yards or more in all three games with his longest covering 58 yards against Atlanta.

Fitzpatrick punted and kicked field goals for 3 seasons for Notre Dame compiling an average of 39.9 yards/punt and connecting on 34 of 50 field goals with a career long of 50 yards. He also connected on 101 of 104 career extra point attempts. It’s nice to see DJ sign with the Bills and hopefully he can find a home in the NFL.

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