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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
No. 5 is alive for Buffalo


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- About 15 minutes after the Buffalo Bills staged a second straight fourth-quarter comeback victory, a couple of reporters approached right tackle Langston Walker for his thoughts on how they'd beaten the Oakland Raiders 24-23 on the final play.

Trent Edwards, Last 6 Games

Last 3 games
of 2007
First 3 games
of 2008
W-L0-33-0
Pass YPG139.3244.3
Comp pct.42.767.0
TD/INT2/33/1
--Compiled by ESPN Research

Walker playfully tried to pawn us off on backup center/guard Duke Preston, who was toweling off nearby.

"Preston's got a lot of things to say," Walker said.

Oh, really? We turned and waited.

"Five is a beast!" Preston proclaimed. "Write that down!"

No. 5 is Bills QB Trent Edwards, who isn't playing like he has started only a dozen NFL games.

"You certainly don't expect it," wide receiver Lee Evans said the next afternoon, "but you look at what he's done this offseason. I think he's prepared himself to be as good as he could possibly be, and [Sunday] was a clear example of that."

Edwards has matured considerably over the offseason into the role of starting QB.

The second-year pro from Stanford closed last season with three consecutive losses. In those games he completed 42.7 percent of his passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.

Through his first three games this year he has completed 67 percent of his throws for 733 yards, three touchdowns and one interception that was more like a fumble.

And here's the big stat line: In the fourth quarter this year, Edwards is 24 of 32 for 283 yards and two TDs.

"Every time he plays another down, it's a little more experience," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "Other than that, it's all of the same stuff. He's very calm, but he's very competitive. He likes being out there. He likes the challenge, and you can tell he does."