Inside The Bills

Edwards and the plays he’s made with his legs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2009 – 5:01 pm

Trent Edwards has fared well through the first two games with his accuracy and decision making. One aspect of his game that’s been overlooked however, has been some of the good decisions he’s made with his legs thus far.

In Week 1, Edwards scrambled for a first down on a 3rd-and-8 at the Patriots 19-yard line for a nine-yard gain to convert a first down on their 14-play fourth quarter drive. Two plays after that conversion he hit Fred Jackson for a 10-yard TD pass. Last week he converted another third down with a 20-yard scramble to set up a 1st-and-10 at the Tampa 14. Had Jackson not fumbled on a carry two plays later, that drive would have resulted in points as well.

Edwards isn’t making much of his runs when the play breaks down or no one is open downfield, but is mindful of deciding when it is the right time to take off.

“It’s a fine line that you have to walk,” said Edwards. “There’s a point where you find your checkdowns if there’s nothing downfield, or you run if there’s pressure. If you can find a checkdown and Fred and get those guys the ball you’d rather do that, but there are times to make plays with your legs. Especially if they’re dropping eight guys down the field or if your checkdowns don’t get out that’s when I’m looking to use my legs.”

Edwards believed both of the sacks he took last week were opportunities to run. 

“They probably were chances for me to get out of the pocket to run and get some positive yards,” he said. “I’m trying to look down the field or find my backs, but if I can do all that sooner and can get moving I can avoid those kinds of sacks.”

Edwards, who spent time talking with Drew Brees this offseason about his workout regimen, was introduced to a strap workout system called TRX to improve his lower body strength. Edwards doesn’t believe it’s made him faster necessarily, but he does feel his lower body is stronger and is helping take wear and tear off his arm because he’s using his torso and legs more in his throw.

Ultimately what Edwards believes is making his decisions to run good ones is his time on the field.

“I wouldn’t s say I’m faster,” said Edwards. “Maybe my first step is a little better than the last couple of years. I just my feel from experience of seeing where the rush is coming from, knowing where my checkdowns are and knowing when they can’t get out (because they’re blocking). I  think it comes from experience more than anything else.”


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