Commentary

Is Edwards good enough for T.O.?

Originally Published: March 9, 2009
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders
There's an elephant in Ralph Wilson Stadium, and it's not going anywhere until September. For all the excitement generated by Buffalo's new acquisition, Terrell Owens, the most important question went unaddressed during Saturday's news conference announcing his arrival. Is quarterback Trent Edwards good enough to play with the controversial wide receiver?

It's generally assumed that a talented wide receiver will make his quarterback better. However, because of the perception that Owens throws his quarterbacks under buses, for better or worse, Edwards is under a copious amount of pressure to become "the man" in Buffalo -- and fast.

You can argue both sides of Edwards' case pretty easily. He completed 65.5 percent of his passes in 2008, placing him sixth in the league. His yards per attempt rose from 6.1 to 7.2, and his quarterback rating improved by more than 20 percent.

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Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) is a staff writer for Grantland.

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