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Trent Edwards starts training camp as Bills starter

Buffalo’s three-way competition at quarterback finally has a leader, and it’s the guy everyone expected.

Trent Edwards received the majority of time with the first-team offense on day one of Bills training camp.  Coach Chan Gailey said before camp there would be a pecking order, even though the competition wasn’t over.

Ryan Fitzpatrick lined up with the second team, and Brian Brohm went third.  So basically it lined up just how most personnel evaluators and fans would expect it to.  Edwards now just has to keep the job during camp and the preseason.

While Edwards has proven injury-prone and often hesitant behind a terrible offensive line, he’s also showed flashes of potential in his second season.  Fitzpatrick doesn’t have a strong arm and is a known quantity.  He’s a backup.  Edwards has a higher ceiling, and has adapted to the NFL far better than Brohm.

We don’t love that the Bills didn’t bring in a quarterback this offseason, but the decision only made sense if they turned the keys over to Edwards to see what he can do.

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22 Responses to “Trent Edwards starts training camp as Bills starter”
  1. TheOne says: Jul 29, 2010 5:16 PM

    Bills should of took a QB in the draft or went after Jason Campbell. This might be good for Edwards and the Bills, just give him time, you cant just throw in him and hope he is like Peyton Manning.

  2. WNYhell5 says: Jul 29, 2010 5:16 PM

    *puke*

  3. realitypolice says: Jul 29, 2010 5:19 PM

    I have to say something, and I mean no disrespect to Bills fans. In fact, I respect the hell out of anyone who can stay loyal to this organization.
    This team does not appear to even be trying. From hiring the cheapest retread coach they could find to going into camp with this group of mediocre, low-ceiling scrubs at QB, no team makes less effort to win than the Bills.
    They are the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NFL and their fans deserve better.

  4. BillsFan27 says: Jul 29, 2010 5:20 PM

    Herm Edwards would be an upgrade at Buffalo’s QB position.

  5. drumbug71 says: Jul 29, 2010 5:25 PM

    I remember a segment on NFL Network, maybe 2 years ago (when the Bills opened up the season 5-0, I think), and they pretty much labeled Edwards as the franchise QB and QB of the future because he had beat out JP Losman. What happened?

  6. okieplus4 says: Jul 29, 2010 5:35 PM

    If he has a solid O-line he can be one of the top rated qb’s in the league. Gailey and Nix know it. Also, he received alot of praise from the great Bill Walsh prior to being drafted. But if he tanks this year, that’s it!!

  7. robert ethen says: Jul 29, 2010 5:52 PM

    He’s EnTrentched as the starting QB.

  8. josh1982004 says: Jul 29, 2010 5:58 PM

    drumbug71 says:
    July 29, 2010 5:25 PM
    I remember a segment on NFL Network, maybe 2 years ago (when the Bills opened up the season 5-0, I think), and they pretty much labeled Edwards as the franchise QB and QB of the future because he had beat out JP Losman. What happened?
    He did start out very well and then the Bills played Arizona and he got the concussion. Since then he’s been scared for his life basically.

  9. The_Emperor says: Jul 29, 2010 6:42 PM

    # drumbug71 says: July 29, 2010 5:25 PM
    I remember a segment on NFL Network, maybe 2 years ago (when the Bills opened up the season 5-0, I think), and they pretty much labeled Edwards as the franchise QB and QB of the future because he had beat out JP Losman. What happened?
    —————————————————-
    An uncalled helmet-helmet hit from Adrian Wilson is what happened. Funny story about that, too. Same game, a LEGAL hit to Kurt Warner and the big baby wears a band-aid to the next game as protest.

  10. Nard100 says: Jul 29, 2010 6:47 PM

    This is like being a judge at a transvestite beauty pageant! Who cares, it’s the Bills! Solid O-line?! they haven’t had that since the Jim Kelly days – LOL.

  11. Pottsville Maroons = 1925 NFL Champs says: Jul 29, 2010 8:23 PM

    I remember when Sean Salisbury worked at ESPN, he said (more like yelled) J.P. Losman would be the best quarterback in the 2004 draft class.
    Too bad he wasn’t close to right, Bills fans.

  12. MooseJaw00 says: Jul 29, 2010 8:44 PM

    “no team makes less effort to win than the Bills.”
    hmm…I don’t know…maybe the Lions? 31-97 under Millen with one WINLESS season.
    …aaannd there is always Cleveland. :)

  13. realitypolice says: Jul 29, 2010 9:20 PM

    MooseJaw00 says:
    July 29, 2010 8:44 PM
    “no team makes less effort to win than the Bills.”
    hmm…I don’t know…maybe the Lions? 31-97 under Millen with one WINLESS season.
    …aaannd there is always Cleveland. :)
    =================
    I didn’t say there aren’t teams that were worse than Buffalo- clearly there are. I just don’t like the way the Bills act like a small market baseball team- they never pursue a free agent (except for strangely over paying for TO last year) or go after a high profile coach. They settle for mediocrity.
    At least the other teams you mention make the effort- however misguided they are.

  14. godlovestebowbuthatesyou says: Jul 29, 2010 10:31 PM

    Moose,
    You will be eating those words. Nix and Gailey are going to build something special in Buffalo. It is great to have a good personnel guy and coach in town again, something we haven’t had since Levy/Polian.

  15. realitypolice says: Jul 29, 2010 11:10 PM

    godlovestebowbuthatesyou says:
    July 29, 2010 10:31 PM
    Moose,
    You will be eating those words. Nix and Gailey are going to build something special in Buffalo. It is great to have a good personnel guy and coach in town again, something we haven’t had since Levy/Polian.
    =================
    Upon what are you basing your belief that either a) Nix is a good personnel guy (a first time GM at 71) or b) that Gailey is a good coach (the very definition of mediocre- 2 playoff appearances and no wins with hugely talented Cowboy teams, 68-41 at Georgia Tech)?
    Nix was the GM this offseason when the Bills did nothing to upgrade the QB position, no?
    Good luck with that. I guess every team’s fans dream of greatness in July, even the Toronto Bills.

  16. Bills4life says: Jul 30, 2010 1:47 AM

    Two words, “no huddle”. Put horible coaching with the fact he had the worst o-line in football. Maybe Chan can make him work.

  17. Bills4life says: Jul 30, 2010 8:39 AM

    Two words, “no huddle”. Put horible coaching with the fact he had the worst o-line in football. Maybe Chan can make him work.

  18. adrenalineno_9 says: Jul 30, 2010 9:03 AM

    “Upon what are you basing your belief that either a) Nix is a good personnel guy (a first time GM at 71) or b) that Gailey is a good coach (the very definition of mediocre- 2 playoff appearances and no wins with hugely talented Cowboy teams, 68-41 at Georgia Tech)?
    Nix was the GM this offseason when the Bills did nothing to upgrade the QB position, no?
    Good luck with that. I guess every team’s fans dream of greatness in July, even the Toronto Bills.”
    ————————————————-
    1st off, a hugely talented cowboys team? really though? with aikman and emmitt at the end of their careers? They probaby wouldn’t have made playoff if it was for Gailey those 2 years.
    2nd, fact is, no qb is going to have success behind the offensive lines the bills have provided in the past 10 or so years. You cannot evaluate a young qb properly if his line is the worst in the nfl and common sense tells you this. Gailey will make it work, anyone is better than Dick Jauron.

  19. MooseJaw00 says: Jul 30, 2010 9:26 AM

    It’s a good thing your handle isn’t factcheckpolice, huh?
    The Bills can interview and make offers to Shanahan and Cowher, but they can’t make them coach there. Same with McNabb and Tony Gonzales. Nix built the Chargers without signing any big name free agents, so it can be done.
    Upgrade QB? To who? A rookie who hasn’t played a down in the NFL? Big name free agent? The O-line can’t protect them anyway, so what is the point? If the Bills are as bad as you want them to be, then they should be in a great position to draft Jake Locker next year.
    Every year, one-quarter of the league does worse than Buffalo (imagine if they made the effort!), who is in the league’s second smallest market. So, yes, they do act like a small market team, and do it pretty well.
    You should not drink and type.
    and godhatestebow-guy: try to keep up, wouldja?

  20. Dave_Bords says: Jul 30, 2010 10:14 AM

    Damn you Adrian Wilson

  21. buffalo jae says: Aug 1, 2010 4:34 PM

    the only real question here is :” can trent edwards forget?” anyone who watched, I mean really watched trent during game one last year knows the kid can see defenses and make adjustments, he can get the ball up the field. Any one reading this whos actually been through the type of trauma the mind goes through when being hit hard enough to cause a concussion can testify to the lasting primal memory that sort of violence has on the mind. The brain records the sights, smells and sounds present just before impact. I would imagine for trent just the sounds of footsteps pounding over the field is enough to cause an almost unavoidable shot of adrenaline and fear to course through his body because the survival mechanism in all of us will remember the precursory signs that came before any type of trauma in order to help us avoid it in the future. Hopefully he can find a way to erase the shock and fear that his inner most instincts have seared into his psyche. If he’s left alone and exposed to fight the fear alone he doesn’t have much of a chance. Save us O-line-kenobi, you our only.

  22. buffalo jae says: Aug 1, 2010 4:50 PM

    hope.

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