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Jaguars' New Addition Trent Edwards Listed as Third QB

Sep 30, 2010 – 9:48 AM
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John Oehser

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If Trent Edwards didn't know before, he knows now the NFL is a business.

That said, Edwards said his business with the Jacksonville Jaguars doesn't include worrying much, or discussing much, what happened with his former team, the Buffalo Bills. Edwards said his concern now is getting acclimated in Jacksonville.

Whatever happens next . . . well, happens.

"Playing football and winning football games, that's what brings me to Jacksonville," Edwards said as the Jaguars (1-2) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (2-1).

How much Edwards will get a chance to do that remains a question. And it could be an ongoing question in the coming weeks.

Edwards, who started the past two seasons for the Bills, also started the first two games of this season. Then, he lost his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick and a week later, he was released.

With starter David Garrard struggling, and with backup Luke McCown out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the Jaguars were awarded Edwards off waivers Tuesday. Jaguars' Head Coach Jack Del Rio said he expects Edwards to be the third quarterback Sunday.

Edwards' role after that remains unknown, but Garrard has thrown five interceptions in the last two games, and this has drawn criticism in Jacksonville. Del Rio said this week he didn't expect the team to have the issues it has had at quarterback, but also said the team is confident in Garrard, giving no public indication of a pending change.

But Edwards does give the Jaguars a viable option at quarterback, and while Edwards didn't discuss that aspect of his acquisition much when meeting the media Wednesday, he did discuss his release from Buffalo.

"It was obviously a situation that, you lose a couple of football games, they needed a spark and need to make some changes," he said. "Those are the decisions they made upstairs and you have to respect those. It's just a business and I'm a part of that business so I need to come in here and move on and take what I can out of it. .It's a lot to process and it still is kind of sinking in right here, it's all new to me, there's new faces and a new playbook, a lot of new people here that I can get to know and the sooner I can soak it up the sooner I can help these guys win."

Edwards said he didn't expect to be in Jacksonville, or gone from Buffalo for that matter. He said, too, that he knows Garrard, that he's a "great guy" and that he can relate to the scrutiny Garrard is undergoing early this season.

"When you lose the quarterback is going to get the slack so it's understandable," Edwards said. "It's tough but I've been through that."

Edwards on Wednesday called his week a whirlwind, and said that was true of his last couple of weeks as well. He has gone from NFL starter, to jobless, to a backup on a new team saying the right things.

"I'm just looking at it as a chance to help the team win to be honest," Edwards said. "Whatever my role is here, I'm trying to get better, I'm trying to learn the playbook and help these guys. That's the bottom line here, I want to do whatever it takes and I'm going to show up each day with that attitude."

Edward said he still hasn't had time to process what went wrong in Buffalo, and that he felt he did everything he could to be successful. Will things will be different in Jacksonville? It's far too early too tell, and it's too early to know if Garrard will continue to struggle. Will Edwards get a chance to show he's a viable long-term solution to the team's quarterback situation?

What is known is Edwards' addition will add an element to a conversation that already has been growing louder in Jacksonville the last two weeks.
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