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Bills make quarterback switch

Posted by Albert Breer  September 20, 2010 03:56 PM

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Just back from New York, and the news cycle for the Patriots' Week 3 opponent -- the Buffalo Bills -- is already spinning.

Coach Chan Gailey announced at his afternoon press conference today that Trent Edwards is out and Ryan Fitzpatrick is in as Buffalo's starting quarterback. The move is permanent, Gailey said, and Edwards will be installed as the No. 2 guy.

What does this mean for the Patriots? Well, on one hand, Edwards wasn't exactly lighting defenses up, completing just 55 percent of his passes with a touchdown and two picks, so maybe it won't make the Bills any worse. Fitzpatrick didn't exactly shine when New England came to Buffalo last November, but he was plenty competent, completing 10 of his 17 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The Bills were actually pretty competitive with New England last year, though they are the only team to have lost to the Patriots in its home stadium since the start of 2009. This move gives everyone another variable to consider.
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