Any Bills player who survived the ugliness of the 2009 season better be open to coping with change.
Trent Edwards got plenty of experience dealing with change last year, and he thinks that will help him in his fourth NFL season this year.
“I think I probably got overwhelmed or stressed over too many little things, too much attention to too many things I shouldn’t be paying attention to," Edwards said of living through last season with the Bills.
“I feel like that was almost good for me now," he said. “I’m a year older, a year stronger, hopefully a year better. And I’m going to use that to my advantage, just like I’m using this competition out here to my advantage. I need to be able to not get too stressed out, not sweat the small stuff, and just take it one step at time."
So what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Bills fans can attest. Watching last year's 6-3 loss to Cleveland was a near-death experience for anyone who was at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Let's say for the record, we're not truly equating pro sports to life and death, by any means, but if you saw the game, you know what we mean.)
Edwards took his standing as the No. 1 QB to open training camp in stride. He knows it will be a long 44 days before the season opener against Miami, and a lot can happen in the preseason games.
Edwards is going to be playing with a starting offense that is learning a new scheme under coach Chan Gailey and that is extremely young at receiver and offensive line. What are the odds the No. 1 offense looks wonderful in preseason against No. 1 defenses? It won't be easy. So we'll see what happens.
Gailey said Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm will rotate as No. 2. Fitz was the No. 2 on Day One Thursday.
“After evaluating all the OTA and minicamp things, we just felt like Trent deserved to start the training camp with the first group," Gailey said. “We’ll have the other guys, Fitz and Brian, alternating with the twos during the course of the first few weeks here. And then we’ll get Levi as many reps as we can get him. But that was how we evaluated it coming out of the OTAs."
What did Gailey like about Edwards in the spring?
“Well, he just made a lot more plays that we thought were positive plays during the course of the minicamps and OTAs," Gailey said. “He did a good job of handling the team. He did a good job when he had the threes, as well as when he had the ones. And that was impressive to me, to be able to go out there and work with whoever he was throwing with."