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May 30, 2012

Big impression in Bills' debut

Defensive End Mario Williams shows off great burst.

ORCHARD PARK — It didn't take Ryan Fitzpatrick very long into the Bills' first voluntary minicamp practice Tuesday for the quarterback to notice Mario Williams' imposing presence on the other side of the line.

At 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds, the defensive end is so big and showed such great burst that Fitzpatrick likened his new teammate to someone cooked up by a video gamer.

"He looks like a Madden character you create when you sit there and up-up the strength, and the guy keeps growing," Fitzpatrick said with a smile, referring to the popular NFL video game. "And then he's the fastest guy on the field, too."

No need to adjust your TV set, Bills fans.

As first impressions go, Williams made a big and immediate one among his new teammates in his practice debut.

Lining up on the left side, Williams showed off an array of moves that have made him one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, and led to Buffalo making him the league's highest-paid defensive player by signing him to a six-year, $100 million contract in free agency two months ago.

Williams showed power with a bull-rush that had tackle Chris Hairston back-pedaling into the pocket. And then there was Williams' speed, in which he twice burst past Hairston around the outside.

"I'm doing pretty good right now," Williams said. "To get a chance to come back out and run around with the guys and finally step foot back on the field, it was great."

Just don't ask him to make much out of participating in practice, even though this was Williams' first on-field team session of any kind in some eight months since a chest injury forced him to miss the final 11 games with Houston last season.

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