BILLS NOTEBOOK: Moving Past The Loss

Trent Edwards

THe Bills are moving on with TRyan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards gets a seat on the bench. Trggie Torbor may be the starter and more news and notes.

Edwards Stuggles Led To Benching

    --QB Trent Edwards, whose career record fell to 14-18 with Sunday's loss to Miami, has been benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Coach Chan Gailey said the move is permanent until further notice. Edwards had just 102 net passing yards in last Sunday's loss at Green Bay and Buffalo's offense ranks last in yards, passing yards and points scored.

RF Back At The Helm

    --QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led Buffalo to a 5-4 record in games that he took the majority of snaps in last season, will start Sunday at New England. Fitzpatrick threw for 1,422 yards with nine TDs and 10 interceptions last season when he was much more effective getting the ball down field than Trent Edwards was.

A Special Kind Of Player

    --RB C.J. Spiller had just five touches for 26 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay but he did make his presence felt returning kicks. The team's first-round pick out of Clemson had six returns for 174 yards, the fourth-highest total in club history by a rookie. His day included a long return of 41 yards, giving the New England Patriots, this week's opponent, something to game plan for.

Lynch Still On The Block?

   --RB Marshawn Lynch was the surprise starter Sunday against Green Bay and he ran hard with 64 yards on 17 carries. But coach Chan Gailey is being non-committal on who starts this week at New England. It was felt Lynch earned the start vs. Green Bay to showcase him in a possible trade to the Packers or the Patriots which could still be in the works.

Back To To The Tight Ends?

   --TE Jonathan Stupar, who didn't catch a pass in the opener against Miami, managed two receptions for just 14 yards against the Packers. The tight end position may re-emerge with Ryan Fitzpatrick replacing Trent Edwards at quarterback.

Shutouts Are Over?

   --WR Lee Evans didn't catch a pass in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, just the third time in 98 career games he's been shut out. A change of quarterbacks to Ryan Fitzpatrick should elevate Evans' play. He had only one pass thrown to him at Green Bay, but his numbers improved greatly when Fitzpatrick took over for Trent Edwards last year.

No. 2 Target

   --WR Steve Johnson had two bad drops in last week's loss to Green Bay but he was able to regain some confidence to catch three balls for 31 yards. The Bills need him to be a viable No. 2 receiver to take some pressure off Lee Evans.

Should Play

   --LG Andy Levitre has a good chance of being able to play Sunday at New England. He suffered a neck stinger against Green Bay but was feeling much better Monday and hopes to practice by Wednesday or Thursday.

Torbor Was Back

   --LB Reggie Torbor, recovering since the summer with a chest injury, returned to action against Green Bay and came through the game fine. He could start this week at New England if things go well through the week. The Bills could use his size and experience in a lineup riddle with holes.

Improved His Numbers

   --P Brian Moorman's 46.4-yard average on five punts against the Packers has boosted his career average to 43.62, a club record he has a firm grip on. He also has at least one inside-the-20 effort in 13 consecutive games, his longest stretch since posting a club-record with 25 games in a row between the '06 and '08 seasons.

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