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Nix on Trent’s training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2010 – 12:35 pm

Appearing on 103.3’s Shredd and Ragan show this week, Bills GM Buddy Nix commented on the training camp that current starting QB Trent Edwards had when asked which signal caller had the best overall performance this summer.

Trent probably had the best camp,” said Nix. “He’s got more talent even though we’ve all got a lot to do. But I’ll leave that (final) assessment up to Chan and it’s something we’ll talk about and then we’ll try to make the right decision.”

Edwards has remained the starter since training camp opened in late July and he’s expected to start on Saturday night against the Bengals.

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Nix on number of QBs to be kept

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2010 – 12:05 pm

During an appearance on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 The Edge this week, Bills GM Buddy Nix was asked how many quarterbacks will be kept on the final roster. Nix gave the following response.

We’ve got four and we’ll take three,” said Nix.

Of course Nix did not divulge what three would be kept, but it seems clear that Trent Edwards will be on the roster and seventh-round pick Levi Brown is a player that the team wants to develop. Placing him on the team’s practice squad could be risky as any other NFL club could sign him off Buffalo’s practice squad to their active roster if they so choose.

If the Bills brass determines that Brown must be on the active roster for safekeeping, then it will mean that Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the two men fighting for one roster spot.

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Trent on the QB competition

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2010 – 1:23 pm

Trent Edwards has heard his head coach address the media. He knows nothing is set in concrete with respect to the starting QB job. That’s why he’s taking the following approach to help ensure he’s still atop the depth chart when the preseason has concluded.

“I need to grow and continue to compete out there,” he said. “Chan (Gailey) wants to see a guy taking control of the quarterback position, being assertive and being yourself out there and enjoying the position. So, I’ve got to make sure I’m competing and that’s something that I enjoy doing. Come week one, hopefully I’m the starter.”

Edwards realizes he has to lift the collective play of the offense with a few plays of his own. Hopefully he can make some of the same deep ball completions that he has in the camp practice setting with the likes of Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish and get the offense rolling.

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Brohm has to face the pressure

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2010 – 10:39 am

Knowing the starting offense is likely to see its most extensive action in the third preseason game, Thursday night’s preseason contest is likely to be Brian Brohm’s best chance to change the landscape of the team’s quarterback competition.

“It’s very important,” said Gailey. “The pressure on this is no different than the pressure he’d face in the first game if he was out on the field. So I’m interested to see how he’ll do.”

Brohm enters the game confident he can successfully execute the offense.

“I’m excited to be on the field. I’m excited to get out there with the first live action of the season for me. And I’m looking forward to it, Brohm said. “I’ve just got to go out there with the attitude that any opportunity I have I’ve got to make the most of it.”

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Gailey says QB competition still open

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2010 – 7:26 am

He’s been asked more than once lately, and Chan Gailey maintains that the quarterback competition is still open.

“All jobs are still open,” he said when asked specifically about the starting QB job. “There’s no job that’s locked in right now. There are some guys that are way ahead and there are some guys that are a little bit ahead. I’m not going to talk about specific positions right now, but all the jobs are open.”

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Don’t expect to see Brohm tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2010 – 5:05 pm

The plan at the quarterback position for tonight’s preseason opener is Trent Edwards will start, play a quarter or so and then give way to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the second unit. After that however, the next QB in is expected to be rookie Levi Brown.

According to head coach Chan Gailey it’s no reflection on Brian Brohm’s play. It’s a matter of giving the backups enough time on the field. Gailey has chosen to play only three QBs tonight to give the backups sufficient time to get into a rhythm on offense. He believes if he tries to get Fitzpatrick and Brohm into the game as well as Brown at the end that a situation could arise where Fitz or Brohm made only get nine plays tops, hardly enough to evaluate a QB in a preseason game.

He would like to give both Fitzpatrick and Brohm more consecutive series so they can make a better case for themselves. So Brohm is not expected to play tonight, but in the next preseason game against Indy, the plan is to have Brohm come in and play after Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick will not play.

So nothing should be read into Brohm’s absence of playing time tonight with respect to the QB competition, but the only way he takes the field is if there is an injury at the quarterback position.

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TE Nelson on the QB race

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2010 – 12:08 pm

TE Shawn Nelson was asked how he’s adjusting to catching passes in the practice setting from different quarterbacks, and if it’s made the process difficult. His answer to the question, however, assessed the quarterback race.

“I don’t know what the quarterback situation is, but whoever gets the starting job… I believe all of them are doing a good job right now,” said Nelson. “They’re in their playbooks heavy, they all look like they know what they’re doing. I’m very excited about it whoever the quarterback will be.

“I’m more than happy to go with someone the coaches believe in. All the quarterbacks are doing a fine job even Levi Brown, he’s stepped it up a lot since OTAs.”

Brown hit Nelson with a pass in stride down the seam for 25 yards in Saturday’s practice, a route that Nelson can do a lot of damage with this season.

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Edwards sheds light on 2009

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 5:29 pm

Trent Edwards was named the top guy on the depth chart at QB Thursday, and though Edwards has always maintained an optimistic outlook, he shed some light on some of the tough times that ate away at him last season.

“I think probably got overwhelmed or stressed over too many little things that I shouldn’t be paying attention to,” Edwards said. “I feel now that it was almost good for me. I’ve grown from that. I’m a year older, a year stronger and hopefully a year better and I’m going to use that to my advantage. Just like I’m using this competition to my advantage I need to be able to not get too stressed out, not sweat the small stuff and take it one step at a time.”

Edwards sounds more confident than previous years, especially when asked if he thought it was his job from the start. This was his response.

“That was just my outlook,” said Edwards. “I was pretty confident that I would be the guy and I’m hoping to be the guy at the end of this camp, but I think if you asked Ryan, Brian or Levi they’d say the same thing that they want to be out there with the ones. I know it’s a competitive situation and I need to use that to my benefit. I feel like I feed off of that.”

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Fitz next in

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 2:15 pm

Keep in mind its still walk thru at start of practice, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is second QB in after Edwards.

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Edwards takes 1st rep in walk thru

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 2:01 pm

Trent Edwards took the first reps with the starting unit in walk thru to start practice.

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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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