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
``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.
``Honestly,'' he said, ``I don't think of anything else but going out and working.''
More important, he shrugged off a scare that happened late in practice, when Williams knocked knees with fellow defensive end
``I'll be fine,'' Williams said. ``That's the last thing I'm worried about. Little things like that happen.''
Williams is the centerpiece of a revamped defense that's making the switch back to the 4-3 system, and now being overseen by Dave Wannstedt, who took over as coordinator after George Edwards was fired after last season.
Selected by Houston with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft, Williams is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who set the Texans record with 53 career sacks.
He joins a defense that allowed a franchise worst 5,938 yards, and struggled in pressuring opposing quarterbacks last season, managing just 29 sacks, 10 of which came in one game.
With Williams playing the left side, the Bills line will be filled out by tackles
The Bills' pass rush could improve further if linebacker
Coach Chan Gailey said Merriman could be cleared to begin practicing as early as this week after the linebacker had a medical checkup on Tuesday.
Aside from Mario Williams, several other Bills newcomers made their practice debuts.
They included quarterback
Much of the buzz, however, focused on Mario Williams, and what his addition has meant in raising the hopes of a team that's attempting to snap a 12-year playoff drought - the NFL's longest active streak.
``Just the atmosphere in the facility: He brings that `it' factor,'' Kelsay said of Williams. ``We'd be lying if we said we didn't expect a lot out of him. And I think he's just the guy to do it. He's a giant of a man. He's strong, he's fast, he's quick.
``Everything you expect out of the guy, he is it.''