Chan Gailey says he will have a pecking order at quarterback heading into training camp but instead of becoming agitated about his reps and perhaps his job security, Trent Edwards is more concerned about the snaps he receives during the Buffalo Bills' OTAs today.
Speaking for the first time since the Bills head coach announced he will have a tentative No. 1 and No. 2 at quarterback determined by training camp, Edwards said Monday he's only thinking about the present.
"To be honest, I'm really not thinking that far ahead," Edwards said following Monday's OTA session. "I feel like that's a long way in the distance for me. We still have an OTA [today] and a minicamp coming up at the end of this week. So however it plays out, that's [Gailey's] decision. I really don't think that far ahead so I'm worried about the OTA [today]."
The Bills have continued to rotate Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm with the first team, while rookie Levi Brown has remained fourth in the order. That system, however, will change come July 29, when the Bills hold their first training camp practice at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.
Edwards, entering his fourth season with the Bills, is attempting to recover from a lackluster 2009 plagued by injuries and erratic play. He gets a fresh start under Gailey, whom Edwards calls an "interactive coach."
"I think that he's done a fair job with being honest with us," Edwards said. "We're splitting reps evenly. I think they have it down to every single rep that we're getting and everyone gets the same amount. So you can't say one guy got more than the other guy but what it comes down to it you've got to make plays when you're out there and when you're not you've got to sit back there and learn what you need to learn."
Edwards also seems to be more comfortable working under Gailey than previous coach Dick Jauron.
"He's one of those guys that will call the play, step back and then want to talk with the other quarterbacks about it," Edwards said of Gailey. "So you'll see the play going in front of you and if you're not in there you can stand next to Chan and he'll tell what he's thinking on the play. And that's what's nice is that having a guy that you report to with one voice. One guy that you have to talk to is nice that you just have to report to Chan."
Edwards is also trying to become more comfortable with the Bills' young receivers. After Lee Evans and James Hardy, who appeared in just two games last season, almost every other receiver on the roster is a blur. But players like Naaman Roosevelt, the former University at Buffalo receiver, Marcus Easley and Donald Jones have impressed Edwards, as have holdovers from 2009 Felton Huggins and Steve Johnson.
"The first week it's learning their first names, the second week it's learning their last name, and then slowly you learn their numbers and all of that," said Edwards, smiling. "But those guys like I've said before are doing an incredible job. They're working hard, I like them. Every single one of them I feel like is picking up the offense very quickly. They're out there and they're not making a ton of mistakes."
The majority of the offense has been installed and Edwards believes he's improving his play calling under Curtis Modkins, the Bills' offensive coordinator.
"He'll call the play on the script and then I feel like I'm doing a better job of repeating it in the huddle," Edwards said. "And that's really where it starts is that you're seeing the play in your head, you're calling it clearly and then you're going out there and executing the play. So it's a matter of being confident in your reads, confident in your calls and going out there and being accurate with the football."
And perhaps leapfrogging to the top of the pecking order.