Trent Edwards

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Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards 2012.jpg
Edwards in November 2012.
No. --     Free agent
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-10-30) October 30, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth: Los Gatos, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Gatos (CA)
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92
Debuted in 2007 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
TD-INT 26-30
Passing yards 6,033
QB Rating 75.5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Trent Addison Edwards (born October 30, 1983) is an American football quarterback, currently a free agent in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.

He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

Early years[edit]

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.com 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 with a combined record of 26-0. 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.

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

College career[edit]

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 backup, 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 T.C. Ostrander. 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]

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Trent Edwards passes the ball in a 2007 game against the New York Jets.

Edwards was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. 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]

2007[edit]

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

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

During the game against the New York Jets in week 8, Edwards sprained his right wrist, and was held out of the next game, allowing Losman to reclaim the starting job. In week 13, following a string of poor performances by Losman, Bills coach Dick Jauron named Edwards the starter against the Washington Redskins.[8] Edwards led the Bills to a victory over the Redskins in which he led his first fourth quarter comeback, completing three passes to set up the game-winning field goal. As a result, 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 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.

2008[edit]

During the week 5 contest against the Arizona Cardinals on October 5, Edwards suffered a concussion as a result of a hard hit by Adrian Wilson on the third play of the game and did not return for the rest of the game. However, Edwards returned in the following game in week 7 against the San Diego Chargers and completed 25 of 30 passes in a 23-14 win. He was selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week for his performance.

In week 13, against the San Francisco 49ers, Edwards suffered a groin injury and did not return for the rest of the game. He was sidelined the following two games as a result of the injury. He returned for the final two games of the season. After a 5-1 start, the Bills missed the playoffs for the 9th straight season after losing 8 of the remaining 10 games.

2009[edit]

Edwards' 2009 season was further plagued by inconsistency and injuries. The Bills lost four of their first five games of the season, during which Edwards' play was noted as inconsistent, affected by poor performances by the Bills' offensive line. Within the first 5 games, Edwards was sacked 18 times. Edwards' worst performance during this time period was week 4 against the Dolphins in which he recorded a season low passer rating of 51.0, threw for a season game-high 3 interceptions, was sacked 6 times, and recorded his only fumble of the season.

On October 18, Edwards suffered a concussion early in the second quarter against the Jets as a result of a hit by Jets linebackers Harris and Pace. He did not return for the rest of the game, and missed the following two games. He returned after the bye week to start against the Tennessee Titans, but continued to struggle, at one point missing a wide-open Owens and then throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown.[10] He finished the game completing 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards with a touchdown and an interception, as the Bills were routed to a 41-17 loss.

Following the game against the Titans, Edwards was benched for the remaining 7 games in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. He did not play for the rest of the season except for making a brief appearance during the week 15 game against the New England Patriots when he spelled Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. Edwards completed 1 of 2 passes for -1 yards before being carted off the field, injuring his right knee as a result of a sack by Patriots defender Tully Banta-Cain.[11]

2010[edit]

Edwards faced competition from quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm for the Bills' starting quarterback position in 2010. Edwards won the battle and started in all four of the Bills' preseason games. In their first two games of the regular season, Edwards threw for only 152 yards combined, and the Bills lost both games. On his final play as a Bill, against Green Bay, Edwards ran out of bounds on a fourth down scramble, 7 yards short of the first down marker with 1:10 to go.

Edwards was benched the following day[12] in favor of Fitzpatrick, who would be the Bills' full-time starter for the next three seasons. The Bills waived Edwards on September 27, one day after Fitpatrick threw for 247 yards in a Week Three game against New England.[13]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Edwards was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 28. He was the backup quarterback behind David Garrard, and wore jersey #5.

Edwards made his first appearance for the Jaguars on October 18, 2010, against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football, when starting quarterback David Garrard left the game after suffering a concussion.[14]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

After becoming a free agent following the 2010 season, Edwards signed with the Oakland Raiders on July 30, 2011, and was released on September 3, during the final roster cuts.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On February 23, 2012, Edwards signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Edwards had a disappointing mini camp, and was viewed as a roster filler. However, he started to warm up in training camp, and found his opportunity in the preseason, after quarterback Mike Kafka broke his non-throwing hand at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Edwards went 54-of-80 for 489 yards, with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. The team cut Kafka on August 31, meaning Edwards had won the job as third string quarterback, after the rookie Nick Foles. Edwards was released on April 15, 2013.[15]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On August 18, 2013, Edwards was signed by the Chicago Bears for one year.[16] Edwards had previously worked out with the Bears during the offseason.[17] He was released on August 30, 2013.[18]

Second Stint with Raiders[edit]

Edwards was signed by the Oakland Raiders to a future contract on January 3, 2014.[19] The Raiders released Edwards on August 26, 2014.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2007 BUF 10 9 269 151 56.1 1630 6.1 7 8 70.4 14 49 3.5 0 12 105 4 0
2008 BUF 14 14 374 245 65.5 2699 7.2 11 10 85.4 36 117 3.3 3 23 143 9 5
2009 BUF 8 7 183 110 60.1 1169 6.4 6 7 73.8 14 106 7.6 0 9 79 1 0
2010 BUF 2 2 52 29 55.8 241 4.6 1 2 58.3 5 24 4.8 0 7 63 0 0
JAX 3 1 49 26 53.1 280 5.7 1 3 51.4 9 34 3.8 0 4 32 0 0
2012 PHI 1 0 2 2 100 14 7 0 0 95.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 38 33 929 563 60.6 6033 6.5 26 30 75.5 78 330 4.2 3 69 482 14 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emfinger, Max (July 18, 2001). "A midsummer look: A dandy dozen quarterbacks". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Trent Edwards Profile - Football Recruiting". Rivals100.rivals.com. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ "37th Annual Armenian Summer Games". W.A.A.A. 2007. pp. 56–57. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Player Bio: Trent Edwards". Stanford Football Media Guide. 2006. pp. 56–57. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Trent Edwards Scouting Report". Scott Wright's NFL Draft Countdown. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Third QB? Why Not Trent Edwards?". USA Today. April 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Rookie QB Trent Edwards gets chance to spark Bills offense in 1st start". ESPN. September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Bills Name Edwards Starter". The Sports Network. November 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  9. ^ "Emotional rescue for Bills". 
  10. ^ "Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans - 2009 Week 10". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  11. ^ "New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - 2009 Week 15". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  12. ^ September 20, 2010
  13. ^ "Buffalo Bills release QB Trent Edwards one week after benching - NFL - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  14. ^ "Titans vs. Jaguars - Recap". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  15. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (April 15, 2013). "Philadelphia Eagles release Trent Edwards". National Football League. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 18, 2013). "Bears add more depth at quarterback by inking Edwards". Chicago Bears. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (June 5, 2013). "Bears to workout Trent Edwards, Jordan Palmer along with JaMarcus Russell". Profootballtalk.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  18. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 30, 2013). "Bears cut 17 players, still have five to go". Chicago Bears. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (January 3, 2014). "Raiders sign Trent Edwards to future contract". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  20. ^ Raiders Announce Transactions

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