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Nelson drops hint on starting QB

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 1:46 pm

Bills rookie WR David Nelson is dropping hints as to who the top QB in the pecking order will be when practice gets underway shortly.

DNelson83    Yea here’s your hint. His colleges mascot is the same as the mascot of the place holding our training camp.

Knowing St. John Fisher’s mascot is the Cardinals, Nelson’s hint is a bit misleading. Louisville has a mascot that is identical in name and species, which is where Brian Brohm went. Stanford however, where Trent Edwards went has a mascot that’s a tree, but they’re athletic teams are referred to as the Cardinal, which references one of their team colors.  

So if you’re going for exactly identical in name and mascot, it’s Brohm, but we’ll confirm at practice when the players begin team work.

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Players know QB order

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 11:50 am

The order in which the Bills QB depth chart will lay out has been communicated to the players in meetings this morning. Now it’s a matter of seeing it in action at practice at 3 pm for the rest of us.

Bills rookie WR David Nelson confirmed that the players were informed of how things will shake out at QB at least at the outset of camp on his twitter account.

DNelson83    Yes, for all you asking ?s, they have announced the starting QB (for right now at least) Quick lunch break & then off to the first practice!

We’ll have full coverage of how the QB depth chart lays out later this afternoon here on

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Brohm not anxious about pecking order

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2010 – 7:28 pm

Brian Brohm, Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick will find out what the all important pecking order will be at the quarterback position in meetings Thursday morning. But Brohm, who was the only one of the three QBs that arrived during the allotted time for media access, is not having any anxiety about what that decision might be.

“I’m ready to go, no matter what happens in this meeting tomorrow (Thursday), wherever we are at in the pecking order, I’m ready to go,” Brohm said. “I’m just glad that the season is finally here.“It’s a competition, they have to put one guy in there first, one guy in there second, one guy in there third, but at the end of the day it’s going to be who plays best when they are out there on the field. That’s the way I am going to look at it. Whatever reps I get and the opportunities I have, I need to take advantage of to the fullest, and put my best foot forward.”Bills head coach Chan Gailey has been adamant that whatever the pecking order is that it is not set in concrete and is subject to change.

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QBs won’t be adversarial

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2010 – 8:33 am

Although there will be a pecking order declared by coach Gailey in the next day or so at the quarterback position, he’s made it clear that the competition will still be open. And though the level of intensity will be fierce the three main candidates for the job have assured that it won’t become adversarial.

“All three of us understand the situation that we’re in,” said Brian Brohm. “On the field we’re competing, but at the same time we’re still going to help each other out. It’s going to be a fair competition. We’re not going to try to hold things back from each other if we see something, we bring it up in the meeting room in front of everybody and we’ll all talk about it. We’re all on the same page. I think each quarterback is on the same page with all the plays that we’re running.”

Gailey will be reminding the players, the fans and the media that even though he’ll have one of his three main QB candidates working with the first unit that the competition will still be open. That fact however, doesn’t change how the quarterbacks intend to interact with one another.

“It’s all about coming out here and working,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick. “I think whoever the starter ends up being if I work as hard as I can, if I’m the starter, I know the team is going to be better. If I work as hard as I can and Trent or Brian ends up being the starter then we’re going to be a better team because of it because I’m going to push him and he’s going to push me.”

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Gailey calls QB race “close”

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2010 – 12:30 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked at the close of the team’s spring practices whether or not he knew what his QB pecking order would be. He provided the answer to that question along with his assessment of the QB race.

“Yes,” said Gailey as to whether he had a QB pecking order in his head. 

Then he made it clear that when that order is revealed in training camp not to get carried away with the order.

“It’s still open,” he said. “Don’t read too much into who takes the first snap, who takes the second snap and who takes the third snap. Don’t read too much into that. It’s close.”

Saying it’s close is Gailey’s first assessment of the quarterback competition. Through the spring no signal caller has definitively separated themselves from the other two as the clear number one.

There’s little doubt Gailey and his offensive staff are hoping one of the three performs at a noticeably higher level and with more consistency than the other two candidates for the job so the decision is a clear one.

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QBs won’t know pecking order

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2010 – 12:23 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick commented on Thursday that he hoped he and his fellow QBs might get some idea as to where they stood in the quarterback pecking order before they left Friday for their five week break before training camp. But that won’t be the case.

Head coach Chan Gailey when asked when he will tell his quarterbacks what the pecking order will be responded with the following.

“When they come back,” said Gailey.

That means the QBs won’t know until they report for training camp at St. John Fisher on July 28th.

Gailey also reiterated that the quarterback depth chart once its laid out at the start of training camp is not set “in concrete.” So even though there will be a 1, 2 and 3 rotating through in the early stages of camp, it will still be subject to change and the competition will still be open.

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QB rotation

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2010 – 4:00 pm

In the afternoon session the QB rotation has changed again.

In the morning practice Brian Brohm was the first QB through in 11-on-11. But in the afternoon it is Trent Edwards.

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Fitz is 1st man through

Posted by Chris Brown on May 26, 2010 – 1:26 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey said the quarterback rotation and reps has all been laid out from now until the end of June, so shifts in the rotation and rep count were to be expected. And there was a change on day 2 of OTAs.

On Wednesday, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first quarterback through in the rotation during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work. During 7-on-7 Trent Edwards was the quarterback that followed Fitzpatrick in the rotation. During 11-on-11 Brian Brohm followed Fitzpatrick with Edwards after him. Rookie Levi Brown was fourth in both rotations.

More to come on the home page of this afternoon on both the written and video side in Bills Roundup.

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