The Buffalo Bills have been looking for a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly retired. They had a few bright spots along the way thanks to Doug Flutie and Drew Bledsoe, but have never replaced Kelly. There's hope that Tyrod Taylor may be the answer, but in the last 10 years Buffalo's QB depth charts have been a disaster.
Unsurprisingly, the Bills were represented on the NFL's 10 worst QB depth charts in the last 10 years list done by Aaron Schatz on ESPN Insider. Buffalo's 2007 QB group comes in at No. 4 on the list.
4. 2007 Buffalo Bills
J.P. Losman / Trent Edwards / Craig Nall
Like Geno Smith, J.P. Losman forced us to ask ourselves, "How long can a highly drafted quarterback play badly before we give up on him?" But Losman was a worse prospect than Smith when he came out of college, with a QBASE of minus-25. As a rookie, Losman's minus-41.5 percent DVOA was the lowest of any quarterback with at least 200 passes. Unlike Smith, at least Losman came in (barely) above replacement level in his sophomore season, with minus-9.0 percent DVOA.
Backing up Losman was Trent Edwards, a third-round pick out of Stanford. Edwards completed only 56 percent of his passes at Stanford with a 36/33 TD/INT ratio, and his QBASE projection of minus-524 is the third-worst since 1998.
The third quarterback for the Bills that year was Craig Nall, a 2002 fifth-round pick of the Packers who had a strong performance in Week 17 of 2004 -- notice a pattern here? -- but otherwise barely played for four years in Green Bay before signing with Buffalo in 2006.
Although this was the only group to make the top 10 list, two other Bills QB depth charts were 'honorable' mentions:
2009 Buffalo Bills (Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Hamdan)
2013 Buffalo Bills (EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Thad Lewis)
Three QB depth charts being mentioned among the worst over a 10 year span is truly cringe-worthy. The 2011 Washington Redskins trio of Rex Grossman, John Beck, and Jonathan Crompton took the number one spot on the list. As for the AFC East, this year's New York Jets QB trio of Geno Smith, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty came in at No. 5.null