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Backing off on Edwards practice reps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2009 – 4:10 am

After a year in which Trent Edwards took the lion’s share of the reps at quarterback and took a fair number of hits in games, he experienced general shoulder soreness, that fortunately did not require surgery. But looking back on it offensive coordinator Turk Schonert thinks they may have to pull the reins in a little on Edwards reps over the course of the season.

“You might have to in practice,” said Schonert. “A lot of that is wear and tear just getting hit. A lot of times when you get hit you’re going down on your shoulder. He took some hits last year. One thing we’ve got to improve is our pass protection. We’ve got to get a lot better at pass protection and try to take some of those hits off him. That’s wear and tear.”

When I asked him if he thought the soreness was more from the hits than all the throwing Schonert felt it all fit together.

“It was a combination of both,” he said. “It’s all the throws that you get once you start training camp and into the season and the number one guy takes most of the snaps. And he’s got to learn and last year was the first year he was a full time starter so it was the most that he’s thrown in a season in his football career. He’ll be used to that. We’ve got to learn from it too because we might have to back off a little bit with his arm.”

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