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Edwards: Kelly's comments 'little bit naive'

May, 24, 2010
Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards usually acts as though each negative word written or said about him bounces off his shoulder pads.

But what Bills icon Jim Kelly said about him in November clearly didn't go over well.

Edwards, during a break in Drew Brees' celebrity golf tournament this weekend, sat down with XX Sports Radio 1090 hosts Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith to discuss his status with the Bills.

[+] EnlargeTrent Edwards and Jim Kelly
AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaFomer Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, right, has been critical of Trent Edwards.
Kaplan and Smith asked Edwards about comments Kelly made while imploring the Bills to draft University of Florida star Tim Tebow. As a reminder, here's what Kelly had to say:
"I like Trent personally. He works hard. But he's had three years. It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking.

"Whether it's Tim Tebow, whether they'll have a shot at him when draft time comes ... you have to look at the top three quarterbacks in the draft, really study them. And you look for a guy with good character, good leadership ability and good arm strength -- and a guy who doesn't come from California."

Edwards is from Los Gatos, Calif., about 40 miles away from where Tom Brady went to high school, and went to Stanford.

"It's definitely frustrating because I don't know how much time Jim has spent in California," Edwards said. "I love the state of California. Obviously, I'm very biased towards where I grew up in, but it's a little bit nave maybe that he makes comments like that.

"It's frustrating because I feel like there's a ton of great California quarterbacks out there that have played in the league for an extended period of time. I mean, we can go down the list right now. But he unfortunately said some things that aren't always the best things to say. But that's kind of the way he is, I guess."

But Edwards then tried to shrug the comments off by pointing out Kelly is a living legend among Bills fans and has earned the right to state any opinion on the organization.

"I understand that's the way it is," Edwards said. "You're just going to have to take that with a grain of salt and realize there's going to be people out there that aren't going to like the way you play and where you're from."

Edwards said he hasn't discussed the comments with Kelly.

The Bills, of course, didn't draft Tebow or Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy or Dan LeFevour. They didn't select a quarterback until Levi Brown in the seventh-round.

That means Edwards would have a clearer path back to winning the job in camp against holdovers Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm.

"Was I happy to see that we didn’t draft a first-round quarterback? Yes. That's a boost of confidence, yes," Edwards said.

Much thanks to Jimmy Shapiro of for passing along audio file.

Bills pick Troup over Clausen, McCoy

April, 23, 2010
The Buffalo Bills passed on quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy and defensive tackle Terrence Cody to take Central Florida defensive tackle Torell Troup with the 41st pick of the draft.

Why the Bills took him: Troup will remain under the magnifying glass as the guy the Bills preferred to a pair of much-needed quarterbacks, but the Bills needed a nose tackle to have any shot at a successful conversion to a 3-4 defense. Scouts Inc. projected Troup as a fourth-round pick, Cody as a second-rounder.

Where Troup fits: He might be the Bills' opening-day starter because nobody else on the roster really fits the mold of a 3-4 nose tackle. Troup is about 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds. Veteran defensive lineman Kyle Williams expects to alternate between tackle and end.

Scouts Inc. says: Well, they didn't think highly enough of Troup to produce a scouting report on him. They ranked him as the 13th-best defensive tackle.



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