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Trent Edwards

Trent Edwards in action against the New York Jets in 2007.
No. 5     Buffalo Bills
Personal information
Date of birth: October 30, 1983 (1983-10-30) (age 26)
Place of birth: Los Gatos, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
Debuted in 2007 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TD-INT     24-25
Passing yards     5,498
QB Rating     77.9
Stats at

Trent Edwards (born October 30, 1983, in Los Gatos, California) is an American professional quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bills in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.


Early years

Trent Edwards was a highly-rated recruit from Los Gatos High School and was ranked as the #1 pro-style quarterback by USA Today in 2001.[1] Rivals rated Edwards as the #2 pro-style quarterback and #20 player overall in its rankings.[2] He was recruited by Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Tennessee, but ultimately chose Stanford. In his junior and senior seasons at Los Gatos, he led the team to two undefeated seasons and back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III championships. In his senior year, he completed 154 of 213 passes for 2,535 yards, 29 touchdowns, three interceptions, and was named as a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete for Santa Clara County.

In his teens, Edwards participated in the Armenian-American Summer Games in Northern California.[3] Trent's grandfather, Ben Morjig, was a co-founder of the games.[3]

College career

At Stanford, Edwards sat out his freshman year in 2002 so he could concentrate on his studies, and began 2003 behind starter Chris Lewis. After an impressive showing as a back up, Edwards got the start for four games, but was then sidelined with a shoulder injury for the rest of the season. In 2004, Edwards was the starter, but again suffered injuries that knocked him out of two games and kept him out of two others entirely. Edwards' best year was 2005, where he started all 11 games, completed 168 of 268 passes for 1934 yards and 17 touchdowns, leading the Cardinal to a 5-6 record.[4]

In 2006, Edwards was the starter for the first seven games, but suffered a season-ending broken foot against Arizona and relinquished the starting role to Dan Kuntz. Despite Stanford's poor performance during his tenure as starting quarterback (the Cardinal was just 10-20 in games he started), Edwards was a highly-touted quarterback prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft due to his arm strength, accuracy, and intelligence. The summer before 2006, Edwards worked as a Synopsys intern. He decided to pass up a career in the electronic design automation industry for the NFL.[5] Prior to the draft, Mel Kiper projected Edwards as the third-best quarterback in the draft, behind JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn.[6]

NFL career

Edwards was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round with the 92nd overall pick. Edwards was a part of the Willis McGahee trade that sent McGahee to the Baltimore Ravens for the Ravens' third-round pick in March 2007. After the draft, Bill Walsh, the Hall of Fame head coach contacted Bills General Manager Marv Levy to express his confidence in Edwards' abilities.[7]

He made his NFL debut on September 23, 2007 in a game against the New England Patriots, after the Bills' starter J. P. Losman was injured in the first quarter.

In his first game, Edwards was 10 of 20 for 97 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. In his first NFL start on September 30, 2007 against the New York Jets, he went 22-28 with 234 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception and led the Bills to their first win in the 2007 season. His first NFL touchdown was a 1 yard play action pass on fourth and goal to Michael Gaines. In his second start, against the Dallas Cowboys on the following week's Monday Night Football, Edwards completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 176 yards and 1 interception.

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In October, Edwards injured his wrist. Following some poor performances by Losman, particularly in a division contest against New England and a conference game against the Jaguars, on November 26, 2007, Bills coach Dick Jauron again named Edwards the starter against the Washington Redskins.[8] Edwards led the Bills to victory over the Redskins, throwing no interceptions and leading his first fourth-quarter comeback, completing three passes to set up the game-winning field goal, for which he was named the NFL Rookie of the Week.[9] The following week against the winless Miami Dolphins, he passed for 165 yards and a career high four touchdown passes with no interceptions to lead the Bills to a 38-17 win. Despite losing the last three games of the season, Edwards was named to the all-rookie team after the season was completed.

On October 5, 2008, when the Bills played the Arizona Cardinals, Edwards was hit hard into the ground on the third play of the game. He did not return, and suffered a concussion from the hit. Buffalo's morale apparently went as they fell to the Cardinals 41-17. However Edwards returned against the San Diego Chargers and completed 25 of 30 passes in a 23-14 win. His performance led to him being selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week. After a 5-1 start the Bills floundered going 2-8 in the final 10 games missing the play-offs for the 9th straight time. The highlights of this time period was Edwards 2 tds rushing and passing versus the Chiefs in a 54-31 win. In the next game however vs the 49ers Trent was knocked from a game with a Groin injury which sidelined him for the next two games in which the Bills were eliminated from play-off contention. He did play in the final two games, a 30-23 Bills victory over the Broncos and a 13-0 shut-out loss to New England.

Edwards 2009 season was even further plagued by inconsistency and injuries. On the 2009 season opener against New England, Edwards went 15 of 25 for 212 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. In spite of this, Bills cornerback and kick returner Leodis McKelvin chose to attempt a return on a kickoff with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter with the Bills leading 24-10. and fumbled, which was recovered by the Patriots. The Patriots managed to score 12 points in the final 2:10 minutes of the 4th quarter to defeat the Bills in a 25-24 loss. In spite of a subsequent 33-20 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this loss seemingly set the tone for the season of Trent Edwards and the Bills, as they lost their next three games. During these losses, Trent Edwards play was inconsistent and he demonstrated hesitation to throw the ball downfield, in spite of having two deep-threat receivers in Terrell Owens and Lee Evans. This led to much mockery and criticism from Bills fans, who gave him nicknames such as "Captain Checkdown".

On October 18, 2009, Trent Edwards was injured early in the first quarter and did not return in a 16-13 OT win to the New York Jets. He was out for the next two games, and following a poor performance in a 41-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans, was benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Career stats



Passing Stats (Regular Season)
Year Team G GS W-L Cmp. Att. Cmp.% Yards Avg. TD Int. Sacked Sack
Yards Lost
QB Rating
2007 Buffalo Bills 10 9 5-4 151 269 56.1% 1,630 6.1 7 8 12 105 70.4
2008 Buffalo Bills 14 14 7-7 245 374 65.5% 2,699 7.2 11 10 23 143 85.4
Totals: 24 23 12-11 396 643 61.6% 4,329 6.7 18 18 35 248 77.9


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Preceded by
Chris Lewis
Stanford Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
T. C. Ostrander
Preceded by
J. P. Losman
Buffalo Bills Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Ryan Fitzpatrick


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