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Gailey calls it wide open

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey essentially declared the team's starting quarterback competition wide, wide open today as the team completed its last minicamp practice in Orchard Park.

Gailey said he has a pecking order in mind for who will be the No. 1 among Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatricck and Brian Brohm to start training camp. But he said he does not plan to tell the players until they come back to town for training camp, which starts July 29. And he said it won't matter too much who starts out No. 1.

Said Gailey: "We have three guys. They got pretty much equal reps during OTAs and minicamps. We'll go to camp. We'll have a pecking order but nothing's in concrete. Everybody's still gonna have a chance to win the job."

Asked why he plans to wait until camp to tell the players his decision, Gailey said:

"Well, it's still open. Don't read too much into who takes the first snap and who takes the second snap and who takes the third snap (in training camp). Don't read too much into that. It's close."

And he stressed whoever is No. 3 still will be in the running. "(No. 3) still has a shot," Gailey said.

On the medical front, Gailey offered good news about prospective starting left tackle Demetrius Bell, who has been rehabilitating all offseason from knee surgery. Gailey said Bell will be ready to practice at the start of camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.

"I think he's ahead of schedule," Gailey said. "At one time it was a question of whether he would make the first of training camp. I think now there's no question he'll make the first of training camp."

---Mark Gaughan


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