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Buffalo QB Edwards has been a headache for Bills opponents

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by BFISA, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Shortly into his Wednesday briefing with the media here, second-year Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards called an audible to avoid a blitzing paparazzi.

    Just three days back from a bye week and 10 days removed from being knocked out cold on the third play in the Bills' loss at Arizona, Edwards was tired of answering questions about his noggin. Edwards underwent tests here to see if the resulting concussion from the hit caused any aftershocks. He was cleared Tuesday to play after he passed his final neurological tests at a Buffalo hospital.

    “I talked a lot about (the concussion) Monday, so let's move on and talk about this game (against the Chargers) Sunday,” said Edwards, a Stanford alum who shows a lot more poise, cockiness and leadership than your average second-year NFL quarterback. “Let's talk about the team and not my concussion.”

    Edwards has been practicing since Monday, and after not throwing a football for a week, appeared sharp in Wednesday's practice. Reserve offensive lineman Duke Preston, son of former Chargers linebacker Ray Preston and a Mt. Carmel High graduate, said Edwards is showing no signs of the concussion.

    “He looked good, real sharp and focused,” Preston said. “I had a concussion in the preseason. It was a weird thing and took me three, four days to get over it. I just didn't get quite the media attention Trent is getting.”

    Preston and others know the NFL not only is a quarterback-driven league, but it's also a quarterback-injury league, as Edwards would say.

    Before getting his head bounced off the Arizona grass by Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (who was fined $25,000 for the hit), Edwards was off to the best start for any Bills quarterback this decade. He had led the Bills to three straight fourth-quarter comeback wins. For the season he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 928 yards with four touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 93.9, sixth among AFC quarterbacks.

    More importantly, the Bills are 4-1 (4-0 in games Edwards completed), their best start since 1999. A win over the Chargers would give them their best start since 1995.

    The last time a Bills quarterback did those kinds of things they named a boulevard next to Ralph Wilson Stadium after him. Not that everyone is ready to call Edwards the second coming of Jim Kelly. But Edwards' passing accuracy, gunslinging mentality and poise under pressure have Bills fans recalling the franchise's better days when Buffalo made the playoffs and went to Super Bowls.

    “We're only in our second year together, but right away I think there are things you notice about him,” Bills coach Dick Jauron said of the club's third-round pick in 2007. “He has a presence about him. He has a confidence. It's not cocky, but he knows he can do it. He's willing to work at it.”

    Edwards said this concussion was his first. But he talked later of a near career-ending injury to his left quadriceps muscle that ended his sophomore season at Stanford. He spent five days in the intensive care unit, 10 days overall in the hospital. Surgeons cut into the contusion to relieve the blood clot and closed it with 60 stitches.

    “A contusion like that can cut off the circulation to that extremity,” Edwards said. “It can be fatal. It can be limb-threatening. It can be life-threatening. That's what they told me the night I went into surgery.”

    Edwards had to laugh when he went back to his locker Monday. Waiting for him was a pamphlet the NFL puts out about concussions. He clearly is like many NFL players, coaches and owners in that he knows little about concussions and what they can do to a player. He marvels at Brett Favre going 16 years without missing a start and could hardly believe when told by a reporter that Troy Aikman suffered a reported 10 concussions when he was quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

    “Whoa,” he said.

    But Edwards said he has the success of coming back from the severe leg injury in college to build on and get him through this. He said it's important for him to get right back out and play and prove to his teammates and others that he's tough enough to overcome this.

    “I've taken hard hits,” he said. “That's part of the game, part of something you accept, that you're going to face injuries. A lot of people will see how you respond to these injuries, how tough a person is and how good the player actually is. I think any injury, as a football player you have to show you're a strong player, that you want to be here and want to win.”
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Today WE'RE the headache for Edwards. He may still be a little shaky from the concussion. Teddy has to keep our defense on the attack - none of this mamby-pamby prevent BS. I wanna see bodies flying around the field like buffalo-seeking missiles. :abq1: Harass the crap outta Edwards & make him wish that he'd taken one more week off.
  3. Chuck F.

    Chuck F. Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2007

    Hey Buck...think about it...you're counting on Teddy.:unsure:

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