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Bills report: Inside slant

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Inside slant · Strategy and personnel · Notes, quotes

Bills coach Chan Gailey said there will be a "pecking order" in the quarterback competition between Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm during training camp, but he's not divulging what it is.

Event to the combatants.

"When they come back," Gailey said when asked when he'll tell the three quarterbacks what the plan is.

Edwards received slightly more reps with the starters during the final mandatory training camp, but Gailey said not to read anything into it, that Edwards simply needed to "make up some numbers-wise from the few days before."

Beyond gearing up for battle, Edwards is feeling rejuvenated by the fact he no longer has to answer -- or listen -- to multiple coaches, as he did under the Dick Jauron regime.

There's no doubt it's Gailey's show.

"He's a very interactive coach," Edwards said. "He's one of those guys that will call the play, step back and then want to talk with the other quarterbacks about it. And what's nice is having a guy that you report to with one voice. One guy that you have to talk to is nice -- you just have to report to Chan."

Gailey, who has worked with quarterbacks as diverse in skill as John Elway and Kordell Stewart, talks and thinks like a quarterback. Many have come to the conclusion that if Edwards can't resuscitate his career under Gailey, he won't ever do it.

It starts with winning the starting job.

But make no mistake: the person named No. 1 to start training camp has an arm up.

"I want them to work it out, not me to work it out," Gailey said. "I want them to work it out by performance on the field."

"I think that he's done a fair job with being honest with us," said Edwards, who is expected to be No. 1 on the camp depth chart.

"We're splitting reps evenly. I think they have it down to every single rep that we're getting and everyone gets the same amount. So you can't say one guy got more than the other guy. But what it comes down to, is that you've got to make plays when you're out there and when you're not, you've got to sit back and learn what you need to learn."

The Bills have installed the majority of their offense and can hit the ground running in July. The offseason was also about getting to know a batch of new faces, Edwards said.

Buffalo embarks on yet another rebuilding project under its fifth head coach in a decade.

"Little things here and there but I still have a lot to learn," Edwards said.

"There are still things I need to iron out and still things I need to get on the same page with some receivers. I like a lot of the young receivers we have. I feel like this is the best group of young receivers we've had since I've been here. I'm happy with where my mechanics are but once you get content you're not going to get any better. So I need to continue to improve and continue to get better."

It could very well be his best and last chance.

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