Bills Bench Edwards, Name Fitzpatrick Starting QB

LANDOVER MD - AUGUST 13: David Nelson #86 celebrates with Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills after scoring in the third quarter of the preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on August 13 2010 in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Well, that didn't take long.

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey announced Monday afternoon that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Bills' Week 3 matchup in New England.

That relegates Trent Edwards back to the bench after just two starts under Gailey. He will serve as the primary backup this weekend. Edwards has suffered through two miserable weeks, throwing for just 241 yards at 4.6 yards per attempt, with a touchdown, two interceptions and seven sacks taken. Buffalo scored just 17 points in those two games.

Fitzpatrick, in his second year with the team, led the Bills to a 5-4 record in games in which he took the majority of snaps in 2009. He is coming off a productive preseason in which he won the backup job in a heated competition behind Edwards, who saw every snap with the first-team offense during training camp and four preseason games. Fitzpatrick will be making his ninth start with the organization this Sunday.

It's still not a lock that we've seen the last of Edwards in a Bills uniform. It is, however, safe to say that Edwards - in the final year of the four-year rookie deal he inked in 2007 - is very unlikely to return to the team in 2011.

What looked to be another dull, apathetic week of Bills football just got a touch more interesting. Hopefully.

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