Last Wednesday, Terrell Owens noted that Bills quarterback Trent Edwards needed to “better assess what he’s seeing out there and take some shots down the field.”
On Sunday, Edwards tried to do that in the second quarter of Buffalo’s 33-20 win over Tampa Bay, going up top to Owens on about a 40-yard throw down the right sideline. Edwards’ perfectly placed pass slid through Owens’ arms and hit the turf.
Owens addressed the play on Wednesday as the Bills prepare for to host New Orleans this weekend.
“I just feel like I let some opportunities slip,” Owens told reporters, according to Mark Gaughan in the Buffalo News. “Obviously with the deep ball, I kind of relaxed and the shield (on his facemask) was kind of dirty from the couple of plays before.”
Through two games, Owens has seen eight passes thrown his way by Edwards, who’s done a creditable job running the Buffalo offense. Owens has five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown scored in the fourth quarter against the Bucs.
The five catches are way off Owens’ normal pace out of the gates. In three seasons with the Cowboys he caught eight, eight and nine passes respectively in the first two games from 2006 through 2008. He caught 12 in each of the first two games from 2003 through 2005.
Owens knows it’s in his best interests to stick to the “team-first” talking points after a win and he’s done that.
“I’m pleased with the win and that we won,” he said. “We came back and sealed the win but, like I said, I have high standards for myself and it wasn’t my best game. I just try to perform at a high level.”
With the Saints and their 46.5 points per game offense headed to Buffalo this weekend, Edwards will likely be looking for Owens even more in a quest to keep up with the Saints offense.
That being the case, Edwards is within his rights to sidle up to Owens and advise him, “Getcha Windex ready!”