Bills’ QB competition gets underway

With nearly the entire league conducting voluntary workouts Tuesday — 26 of 32 teams were on the field — one of the noteworthy offseason position battles got started in Buffalo, where Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm and Levi Brown participated in the first day of the Bills’ QB competition.

Coach Chan Gailey is overseeing the battle — which he recently defined as truly being an open competition. Chris Brown of Buffalobills.com noted Tuesday that Edwards and Fitzpatrick are receiving the bulk of the repetitions, as Gailey had Brohm and Brown take all of the snaps during the recently completed rookie minicamp.

Edwards, who’s playing for his fourth coordinator in four seasons, is learning Gailey’s new offense along with the other QBs.

“It’s still early on in the process,” Edwards told Buffalo-area reporters. “We’re still trying to get to know the coaches a little bit. They’re still trying to get to know us. There’s really no reason for them to point out any favorite or any starter right now. They’re still trying to get to know our games a little bit, we’re still trying to understand the offense. I think once they do that, once we get in the playbook a little more, there will be some changes there, I’d imagine.”

Brown also noted that James Hardy took almost all of the reps opposite Lee Evans as the Bills’ No. 2 receiver, despite a caution from Gailey it’s too early to look into depth charts. The only two players absent were RB Marshawn Lynch and DE Aaron Schobel.

“I didn’t plan on it,” Gailey said of Lynch’s absence. “None of this is mandatory.”

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