Bills QB Edwards underrated

The Bills drafted quarterback Trent Edwards in the third round of April's draft with the intent of having him backup J.P. Losman. Last Sunday, their plans changed.

Losman sprained his MCL during the first drive of the Bills loss to the Patriots, the latest in a long rash of injuries to the team. Losman is expected to miss two weeks, so the team will turn to Edwards to lead an offense that has failed to get on track all season long.

Despite less than impressive numbers at Stanford, the Bills thought highly enough of his long-term potential to draft Edwards on the first day. They obviously felt that his numbers didn't tell the whole story.

"The fact that Edwards was stuck on a terrible team and was plagued with injuries throughout his career makes him a difficult prospect to evaluate," the said when evaluating Edwards in April. "No other quarterback has such a wide disparity in terms of physical ability and potential compared to actual productivity on the field during their college career."

Edwards' career at Stanford may not do an accurate job of indicating his professional potential. At 6'4, 235 pounds with a rocket arm, he certainly has the tools to succeed at the pro level. The Bills staff has sung his praises from Day One, but it's doubtful that they hoped to see him thrown into the fire this early on.

Regardless, Edwards limited body of work presents the Jets with an interesting dilemma.

"You don't know what to expect," Jon Vilma said of preparing for Edwards. "You can only go off of what he did in the preseason and what he did against New England and try and take it from there. He is going to have different characteristics, different strengths and weaknesses (than Losman)."

Edwards lead the Bills to a scoring drive on his first possession against the Patriots, but struggled with his reads from that point forward.

The Bills seems convinced that Edwards has a bright future in Buffalo, but at this point in his career, the question marks surrounding the rookie quarterback are more mental than physical; and Eric Mangini's complex defense should prove to be a tough test for Edwards on Sunday.

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