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Edwards first to be first

Trent Edwards worked with the first offensive unit throughout the first day of spring practice Tuesday for the Buffalo BIlls. Edwards took the first snaps in all the sessions of the workout. Ryan Fitzpatrick followed Edwards. Brian Brohm got the third chance and rookie Levi Brown was the fourth QB in the mix. That's expected to rotate throughout the spring. Nevertheless, Edwards was the first to be first and got some more repetitions than the other QBs.

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The first-team offensive line, from left to right, was Jamon Meredith, Andy Levitre, Geoff Hangartner, Kirk Chambers and Cornell Green. Demetrius Bell and Eric Wood were both watching on the side but both were doing some running before practrice. Wood was so eager to participate he snapped the ball to the quarterbacks in 7 on 7 drills.

On defense, free-agent signee Andra Davis was starting at inside linebacker with Paul Posluszny, ahead of Kawika Mitchell, who started outside last year. The three-man defensive line was Marcus Stroud, Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards. At outside linebacker were Chris Kelsay and Aaron Maybin. Terrence McGee and Drayton Florence were the first two cornerbacks, but Leodis McKelvin, coming off injury, was mixed in with the starters. Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner were at safety. The second-team defense included Spencer Johnson, Torell Troup and John McCargo on the line; Chris Ellis, Mitchell, Keith Ellison and Danny Batten at linebacker; and Reggie Corner, Bryan Scott, George Wilson and McKelvin at defensive back.

Keeping in mind that spring and training camp practice highlights can be taken with a grain of salt (Rob Johnson, Lonnie Johnson and Anthony Gray were former All-Fredonia campers), here were some highlights from 7 on 7 passing work: Edwards hit Lee Evans in perfect stride on a deep ball down the right sideline vs. Corner. Edwards also hit a good long ball to rookie Marcus Easley vs. Corner. Corner had a pickoff on hitch-pattern thrown by Fitzpatrick. James Hardy ran a nice out pattern on a catch on time from Edwards. Levi Brown hit a deep throw to Easley over the outside shoulder. Good pass. Easley, the fourth-round pick from Connecticut, is 6-2, 207 pounds. He looks a little thicker in the upper body than one would expect from a rookie.

---Mark Gaughan


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