Tag:Brian Brohm
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 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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