2010 NFL Position Battles: Trent Edwards Holds Early Lead in Buffalo

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IMay 26, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 11:  Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills motions to hand off the ball during their NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. The Browns defeated the Bills 6-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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One of the hottest stories this time of year is the prepping for heated camp battles , and no other position makes it quite as interesting as quarterback.

There are a handful of rookie passers and seasoned veterans in new places, stirring up a pot of competition.

The first look is into Buffalo's quarterback competition" target="_blank">Buffalo's quarterback competition , featuring Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm, and Levi Brown:


Trent Edwards

Edwards doesn't have a great arm, and he hasn't proven to be overly clutch, and certainly isn't very durable.

However, he is a very cerebral quarterback with excellent timing and accuracy. The only trouble is he has never had very much time to throw the ball, and his supporting cast has been extremely inconsistent.

He still has the talent to make it as a starter in this league, but truth be told, he's holding the lead in this race by default.


Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick doesn't have a strong arm and can be very shaky and indecisive in the pocket, but he's a smart player and has the ability to make plays.

He's also athletic and mobile, allowing him to take off running or keep plays alive. The Bills' offense was arguably the most effective with him under center, but then again, that's not saying a lot.


Brian Brohm

The former second-round pick out of Louisville lacks confidence and is extremely erratic in the pocket. He never seems to have a solid grasp of what he needs to do to make plays, let alone move the football down the field.

He has all the talent in the world, but his head is simply not on straight. He gets frantic under pressure, and behind the Buffalo offensive line, this flaw is magnified times ten.

Brohm needs to get his confidence back to ever make anything of himself at the pro level. Regardless, he's an intriguing addition to this competition, as the Bills have high hopes that he can win the job.


Levi Brown

Brown is athletic and has good speed, so he definitely fits the mold of the type of quarterback Chan Gailey likes to place under center.

However, his experience and production in college wasn't great, and he is simply too raw as a passer to win the job in year one. He could be a nice developmental project down the road, but currently isn't even guaranteed the third spot on the quarterback depth chart.



Unless the Bills do what they should (and trade for Michael Vick or Tyler Thigpen), they'll have to enter the 2010 NFL season with Trent Edwards. As long as they don't fire their offensive coordinator before the season begins, that might actually not be the worst thing in the world.

Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brian Brohm winning the job would say more about Edwards than it would about them. Edwards still has the best accuracy and mental make-up of any passer on the team, so unless the Bills swing a big trade (which they claim won't happen), Edwards is the starter.

No matter who takes snaps under center for Buffalo in 2010, it's strongly suggested that you don't tie your fantasy football fortunes to a Bills' passer.


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