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Bills Training Camp Rundown: Maybin in Center of Day 2 Practice Scuffle; Edwards Takes Top Spot on QB Depth Chart

During his rookie campaign in 2009, Aaron Maybin made headlines that were few and far between.  In fact, the only thing of significance of Maybin’s rookie season I can recall was his off sides blunder against New England. 

Trailing 17-3 late in the fourth quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Lee Evans for an 11-yard touchdown, cutting New England’s lead to 17-10.  But destiny would dangle a vicious carrot in front of us all, as Buffalo recovered the ensuing onside kick, only to be negated by an offside penalty against…Aaron Maybin!!!

It took fourth months and 14 games for Maybin to finally make some noise, however that won’t be the case this season.  In just the Bills’ 2nd day of training camp, Maybin sparked the team’s first training camp scuffle.   Well, at least they’re showing some signs of life this early into 2010.

Things intensified in the morning practice session on Friday when Maybin knocked running back Fred Jackson to the ground from behind at the tail end of a run play.  Needless to say, Bills offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner wasn’t pleased.

Hangartner took offense with Maybin and took up for his running back, as he charged from the other side of the field to confront Maybin.  Emotions ran high, words were exchanged and, well, boys will be boys in the final days of July.   Hangartner wrestled Maybin down to the ground where the two would continue to grapple with one another until several teammates were able to seperate both players.  If you’re wondering which player got the better of the fight,  you be the judge.

ESPN.com’s Tim Graham, who covers all things football related on the AFC East Blog, was very close to the action and recants his bird’s eye view of the incident.  And apparently, Bills lineman Eric Wood had some not-so-nice words for Maybin afterwards.

If you want to check out Graham’s write up about the Bills’ scrap,  head here.

For the past two training camps, Trent Edwards entered as the Bills’ incumbent starting quarterback, and now he’s three for three.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey finally revealed his depth chart as the 2010 training camp commenced this past Thursday and Edwards’ name was at the top of the list.  Only time will tell over the next 40 days or so whether or not Edwards will be the man in the huddle on the Sept.12th season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Gailey informed all of his quarterback of his depth chart  in a brief meeting on Thursday.  Edwards claims the top spot.  There will be a rotation for the No.2 job between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm.  Rookie seventh round pick Levi Brown will be No.4.

Said Gailey about tabbing Edwards as the No.1 quarterback :

“He just made a lot more plays that we thought were positive plays during the course of minicamps and OTAs,” said Gailey. “He did a good job of handling the team. He did a good job when he had the three as well as when he had the ones. That was impressive to me, to be able to work with whoever he was throwing with.”

Gailey also assured everyone that the quarterback competition is open and ongoing and is subject to change.  We still have a very long way to go before anything is finalized and set in stone, but as it stands right now the job is Edwards’ to lose while Fitzpatrick, Brohm and Brown all have ground to make up.


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