Tag:Trent Edwards
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:52 pm
 

No Spiller would be a problem for Bills

C. Spiller after Buffalo selected him in the first round (Getty) The Buffalo Bills rushed to take Clemson RB C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, and since they already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the roster, some observers thought the club had reached too far with its first-round pick.

Now, the Bills could start seeing some of the fallout from that pick. Though he didn’t come right out and say it, Spiller, in an interview with the Sporting News’ Clifton Brown , alluded to the possibility of missing parts of training camp because of a contract hold-out.

“I let my agent handle all of that,” he said. "We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's, however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already — before negotiations have heated up.”

What will this mean for the Bills?

Considering how bad Buffalo’s offense could be, I’d say it’s very important the Bills get Spiller signed before training camp begins. Jackson would be fine as the No. 1 RB – he was a 1,000-yard rusher last season, though he only scored twice – but Lynch seems to be out of favor with the squad. The team doesn’t know who its starting quarterback will be, though I’d put my money on Trent Edwards, and aside from Lee Evans, who in the heck is the quarterback going to throw to on a regular basis? They need Spiller, because he, perhaps more than anybody else, has the ability to provide some offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Somebody likes Trent Edwards - today at least

J. Kelly with Darius Rucker (Getty) Well, it seems like Buffalo QB Trent Edwards – who will compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm for the starting position when training camp opens – has impressed at least one casual observer. The same casual observer who said eight months ago that perhaps the Bills should move on without Edwards on the roster.

The casual observer is former Bills star QB Jim Kelly, who told the Buffalo News Friday night that he hopes Edwards wins the starting job.

"I know Trent, I've known him for a couple of years and I think everyone hopes that one guy will step up," Kelly told the News’ Rodney McKissic.

Last November, of course, Kelly told USA Today a different story in regards to Edwards.

"I like Trent personally," Kelly told USA Today. "He works hard. But he's had three years. It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking."

It sounds like Kelly - who's rocking out with Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker in the picture to the right (I use the term "rocking out" rather loosely in this case) - himself is confused by just what in the heck what he’s thinking. But Edwards, I’m sure, will take it.

For the record, I agree with the Jim Kelly of 2010. Unlike the Jim Kelly from 2009, I also think Edwards should be the starter in Buffalo this season.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:21 pm
 

Gailey comments on QBs, Lynch

In a session with the media that completed mini-camp, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey had a couple interesting comments – most notably on the three-way race for starting quarterback and on RB Marshawn Lynch’s status.

Gailey – who has said he will have a pecking order between Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm to see who will win the quarterback job – won’t tell his players who’s where in the pecking order until they return for training camp next month.

Though it stands to reason that Brohm likely will be No. 3 on that list (my guess is that Edwards will beat out Fitzpatrick for the right to steer that offense), Gailey has been impressed with Brohm’s performances lately.

“The last two weeks, he’s made a jump,” Gailey said. “I thought he practiced well. We’ll have to see how that progresses once we get pads on. But he made a good jump.”

Gailey also talked about Lynch, who missed much of the offseason workouts before returning in the middle of June. He, according to Gailey, still has plenty of work to do before he can compete for a spot on the team.

“I don’t think he’s caught up,” said Gailey, who went five months in his new job before he actually met Lynch. “You can’t miss that much and be caught up. But he seems to be a fairly quick study.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Why has TO not been signed?

As we near the end of the offseason and on toward the beautiful sunrise of next season, there’s been some speculation – though maybe not as much as you might think – about Terrell Owens, why he hasn’t been signed and if he will have a job in 2010.

The second season of “The TO Show” will premiere July 12 on VH1 (I thought ratings for his reality show for the first season were outrageously bad. How did he get re-upped for another season?), so maybe he’ll let us know how he’s feeling that, at this point, he’s unwanted by all 32 teams in the NFL.

Andy wrote a little about this a couple days ago , and he quoted Owens telling the NFL Network, "I think why I'm not on a team is not because I can't play. It's based off character issues, and I think that's where the situation lies, and I don't think it's fair. As far as me being able to produce and perform on a football field, I can do that -- that's not a question."

Perhaps not. After all, with Buffalo last season, he still showed he’s got his skills, catching a team-high 55 passes for a team-high 829 yards and five touchdowns. Sure, those numbers are way down from his previous seasons, but you also have to remember, he had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards throwing the ball his way last year. Nobody will confuse them with Dallas QB Tony Romo and former San Francisco QB Jeff Garcia.

So, why were the Bills so ready to get rid of him if questioning his character is no longer fair? It’s true what he says. Owens – at least in the public eye – was a sweetheart last year. Didn’t cause a stir. Didn’t create problems. Why can’t he find a team now?

I’ve talked to a few sources around the league, and the consensus is this: despite last season’s good behavior, he’s got one too many strikes against him, and his talent is no longer good enough to override whatever other problems he’s had (or could create). One assistant coach I talked to said Owens still can still use his speed to get by defensive backs – “A majority of his touchdowns last year was TO beating DBs up the field,” the assistant said – and he still has good hands. But he’s not quite as skilled a blocker down field as he used to be.

Owens has talked to a few squads, but at least one team thought he just didn’t seem all that interested in the job. Basically, he didn’t sell himself.

But the biggest issue for Owens? This, of course, is subject to chance once training camp starts and injuries begin to pile up, but basically it’s this: teams simply feel he’s not worth the hassle.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Bills QBs 'splitting reps evenly' for now

It seems that Buffalo QB Trent Edwards should have a pretty good indication that he’s the starter heading into training camp. Face it, he’s got more experience than Brian Brohm, and he’s put up better numbers than Ryan Fitzpatrick during their careers.

But Bills coach Chan Gailey isn’t interested in naming a starter quite yet. That’s fine by Edwards.

“We’re splitting reps evenly,” Edwards told reporters after Buffalo’s OTA session today. ”I think they have it down to every single rep we’re getting and everyone gets the same amount. You can’t say one guy got more than the other guy. When it comes down to it, you’ve got to make plays when you’re out there. And when you’re not, you’ve got to sit back there and learn what you need to learn.”

Edwards’ first order of business: connecting with the Bills’ young group of receivers.

“There are still things I need to iron out,” said Edwards. “There are still things I need to get on the same page with some receivers. I like a lot of the young receivers we have. I think it’s the best group of young receivers we’ve had since I’ve been here. I’ve been really encouraged with those guys. I’m happy with where my mechanics are, but once you get content, you’re not going to get any better. I need to continue to improve.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:18 pm
 

The QB Situation In Buffalo

Think OTA’s and voluntary minicamps aren’t important? You’re not a Bills quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm are still competing for the starting job under center (which, in Buffalo, is also a competition for “first position to get sacked”). Head coach Chan Gailey said today that the team will enter training camp with the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks decided.

To cover his bases, Gailey said it would still be an “open competition” in training camp, just with a predetermined pecking order. (“Because if it happens that way, then you’ve got a leg up, Gailey said. “If you try to get everybody equal shots from the first day of camp then you probably get nobody ready, rather than getting three ready”.)

So who will it be? Let’s throw Brohm out of the equation – he’s not ready. The Bills managed just three points and 11 first downs in his lone start last season.

Both Edwards and Fitzpatrick struggle to stretch the field and maintain mechanics, especially behind a bad offensive line. While Fitzpatrick is clearly a backup, there’s a tendency to think that the 26-year-old Edwards can still develop into a quality passer. But injuries have been a problem, plus Edwards has never shown he can consistently attack a defense from the pocket.

Fitzpatrick is frantic in the pocket, but with Buffalo’s horrendous offensive line, franticness could be a plus. After all, the pressure the quarterbacks perceives will almost always be there. Fitzpatrick has iffy mechanics but the grittiness to flee a pass-rush and at least keep plays alive. Of course, Edwards, when healthy, has some escape-ability as well.

Choosing between these two quarterbacks feels a bit like being five years old and choosing between spinach and squash. Given that neither is a great fit, the Bills might as well go with the younger player (Edwards) just in case there is a miracle story waiting to be written.

--Andy Benoit

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