Edwards tries to dink and dunk out of his funk

November, 18, 2008
11/18/08
8:20
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards cannot get into a rhythm, and he's quickly running out of time to pull himself together in 2008.

In Monday night's gut-wrenching 29-27 home loss to the Cleveland Browns, whether by design or Edwards' decisions, he threw only 19 passes beyond the line of scrimmage according to ESPN Stats & Analysis.

Edwards tossed seven passes behind the line of scrimmage. He completed all of them for 19 yards.

On his other throws he was 9-of-19 for 129 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for a 46.8 passer rating.

He looked skittish all night.

Trent Edwards by Distance
DistanceComp.Att.Yds.TDInt.
Behind line771900
0-10 Yds.6146511
11-20 Yds.356402
21+ Yds.00000
Total162614813

"For a young quarterback, it's got to affect you when things start to slide a little bit and go downhill," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "I think that the guy is a terrific player. I think he's just going to get better and better as we move on. We have to live through some of these issues when you're playing a young quarterback."

Said Edwards: "When you turn the ball over a little bit it's tough. You start seeing things that you're not really seeing and you start doing things that you're not normally used to doing."

His one touchdown was all Marshawn Lynch. The running back caught the ball in the left flat, merely 1 yard beyond the line. Lynch made a brilliant run, weaving his way through a half-dozen clueless defenders for an 18-yard touchdown.

Edwards' inability to go down field was illustrated by his targets. He failed to complete a pass to highly paid No. 1 receiver Lee Evans even though the Browns went into the game ranked 21st against the pass.

In fact, the only time Evans' name appears in the official NFL statistical game book is on the first play of the night. Edwards threw a pass intended for Evans that was batted at the line and intercepted. Evans made the tackle.

"I did plenty of forcing the ball in the first quarter, so I don't really know if I need to force the ball to Lee Evans again in the game," Edwards said. "But we need to look at the tape and fix some things here and see if Lee's open on any of these plays that I could be throwing the ball.

"That's my job here, to try to do that, fix what I'm doing wrong and try to get this thing going in the right direction and that's what the quarterback needs to do here."

Edwards completed only four passes to wide receivers, with three of them going to rookie Steve Johnson and the other to Roscoe Parrish. Tight ends Robert Royal and Derek Fine each caught one pass.

Edwards dumped off to Lynch 10 times, accounting for 62.5 percent of the completions.

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