Edwards, Bills: Suprise 2-0 Start

Brandon K.Correspondent ISeptember 18, 2008

       Yes, the Bills sit atop the AFC East along with the New England Patriots. They have come roaring out of the gates with a rather surprising start. Knocking off the Seahawks at home, and the Jaguars on the road, were pretty convincing wins thus far.

       Trent Edwards is emerging as a very good young quarterback in this league. With experience last year as a rookie, Edwards has carried that over on to this season and has put up some remarkable numbers to start the year. Edwards has completed 70% of his passes with a 107.7 passer rating, connecting on two scores and thrown for over 450 yards. But the most impressive stat, no turnovers! Edwards has been on the money with his targets and does a real good job in finding an open receiver. In week 2 against Jacksonville he connected on numerous occasions on third and long. The most important being a 37-yard strike to his favorite target, Lee Evans, late in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown on a perfect pass to rookie wide receiver James Hardy on the very next play.

       Edwards looks poised and comfortable in the pocket. And in his second year in the league he has already earned the respect of his teammates. He looks to continue that role into this Sunday's match-up against the Raiders. A team that gave up 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in the air week one against the Broncos.

       On defense, Marcus Stroud has made an immediate impact in Buffalo. Stroud has helped in a wide range of areas already. He has seven total tackles in his first two games, three taking place behind the line of scrimmage with two of them being sacks. But not only is Stroud contributing with his own sacks, he is helping others get to the quarterback also. Defensive tackles of Strouds' caliber demand double-team blocking on certain occasions. This has contributed to seven sacks already this season for the Bills. Other key additions Kawika Mitchell and Spencer Johnson have fit in well also. Mitchell in particular has stepped right in to fill a huge void at outside linebacker.

       Look for the Bills top two draft picks in 2008 to emerge as the season wares on.  Both Leodis McKelvin and James Hardy saw limited time in the first two games. But in week two at Jacksonville Hardy saw some snaps at wide out, and even caught the game winning touchdown from Trent Edwards late in the fourth quarter. Hardy caught a pass in the corner of the end zone where only his 6'6" frame could reach. And that is exactly what the Bills drafted him for. Look for Hardy to continue to see more snaps and definitely see balls come his way inside the red zone.

       McKelvin, on the other hand will see limited time, if any, in the first half of the season at the corner back position. During the preseason he was bumped down to fourth on the depth chart behind Terrence McGee, Jabari Greer and Ashton Youboty. But during week two at Jacksonville McKelvin saw time on the kickoff return unit. And this week, Coach Dick Jauron said that he would like to get Leodis more involved in the kickoff return game. This will turn out to be a good move for the Bills. McKelvin is a electrifying return man and shown that during the preseason, even taking a punt return all the way for a touchdown.

Like the Bills special teams could get any scarier?