Trent Edwards claimed by the Jaguars

Former third-round pick Trent Edwards was released by the Buffalo Bills yesterday after being benched and outplayed by back-up Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is the second time in two years that Edwards has lost his job as the Bills starter and they finally decided to cut their losses with him. It’s somewhat of a surprising move but he apparently had a lot of issues with other players on the team. It’s better to just release him rather than have him cause more problems in the locker room. The fans were definitely tired of him. His inability to throw deep passes even earned him the name “Captain Checkdown.” Fitzpatrick isn’t going to win the Bills a lot of games, but he takes a lot more risks than Edwards and is willing to do what he can to at least try to win. The Bills offense looks noticeably better with him under center than Trent Edwards.

Today, Edwards was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It looked like they were going to have a QB controversy between David Garrard and Luke McCown going into the season but that ended after McCown tore his ACL. This was supposed to be Garrard’s year to prove himself and he’s responded by playing some of the worst football of his career. Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver even said at the beginning of the year that making the playoffs would be “unacceptable” and he would make some big changes to the coaching staff and the roster if they failed to do so. From the looks of things, the Jags are going to have a new QB and a new coach by the end of the year if this keeps up.

Why would the Jaguars want Trent Edwards, though? He is not an improvement over Garrard and the Jaguars aren’t going to be any better with him at the helm. However, could this move possibly make Garrard play better? He has been playing with no one looking over his shoulder the past two weeks and looked awful in those two games. Maybe the Jaguars wanted to send a message to Garrard saying “Look, we went out and got a QB with starter experience and we can put him in if you keep playing like trash.”

That’s a possibility, but It’s really up to Garrard to turn their season around. The defense isn’t stopping anything and Maurice Jones-Drew has been struggling out of the gate. It’s up to Garrard to get the passing game going again and maybe the Jaguars claiming Edwards could be a wake-up call. Edwards isn’t going to save the Jaguars season. He’s just going to be more of the same. They need Garrard to start making a difference for this team, and fast.

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