Brian Brohm needs statement game for Bills

August, 19, 2010
8/19/10
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Next stop for Brian Brohm, Canada.

And if the Buffalo Bills quarterback doesn't perform well in Thursday night's exhibition against the Indianapolis Colts in Toronto, then he might be destined to return to Canada relatively soon.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Bills quarterback Brian Brohm, who will play in Thursday's exhibition, has yet to throw a touchdown pass in the NFL.
Brohm's career has been dangling just above Canada for a while now. The UFL also would be an alternative, but the fact is Brohm might be running out of options to stay in the NFL.

Opportunities to prove your worth in the NFL are limited. Thursday night will be another chance. Maybe Brohm's best chance.

"He's done a good job in practice and he'll get his shot," Bills head coach Chan Gailey said this week. "He's very smart. He knows where to go with the football. He's got good velocity on the ball. He just needs to work on continual accuracy. That's really been his only issue."

Bills fans, desperate for hope after 10 years without a playoff berth, are rooting for Brohm to be their starting quarterback despite his disappointing career to date. He provides a blank canvas on which fans can paint their dreams. They haven't witnessed him fail yet.

Despite the fact Brohm has never thrown a touchdown pass in the NFL (preseason included) but has been intercepted six times, an online Buffalo News poll showed 62 percent of readers wanted Brohm to win the job as of Thursday morning. Trent Edwards was at 31 percent and Ryan Fitzpatrick at six percent.

Brohm hasn't performed up to expectations since he headed into his senior season at the University of Louisville. That's when ESPN draft connoisseur Mel Kiper projected him the best pick in the 2008 draft.

A rough senior season at Louisville rumpled Brohm's draft stock. The Green Bay Packers took him in the second round, 56th overall. He quickly slid down their depth chart. The Packers drafted Matt Flynn in the seventh round that year, and he overtook Brohm in training camp for the backup job to Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers waived Brohm at the end of his second training camp. All 31 teams passed him over. He signed with the Packers' practice squad.

The Bills signed him away from the Packers, and with Edwards and Fitzpatrick both hurt, he saw his first NFL action in Weeks 16 and 17. In his debut, he started against the Atlanta Falcons and completed 17 of 29 passes for 146 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions.

Gailey was hired in January and declared all three quarterbacks were on equal ground. They would be evaluated throughout offseason workouts.

Brohm must not have made a swell impression. When the Bills reported for training camp, Edwards topped the depth chart, with Fitzpatrick and Brohm sharing reps with the second and third units. But it was clear by watching drills Brohm was third.

Brohm didn't play at all in the Bills' preseason opener last week against the Washington Redskins.

"I feel like I'm ready," Brohm told Bills reporters this week. "I'm not worried about the quarterback race or who's where. I'm just worried about each and every single play and doing what I'm supposed to do.

"It's totally different when you get to go through OTAs, minicamp, training camp. I've been through the install numerous times. I know this offense. I feel comfortable with it. So it's just a matter of going out there and executing it."

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