That the Jaguars put in a waiver claim for Trent Edwards and were awarded the former Bills quarterback does not mark some huge change in their thinking or approach.
EdwardsDon’t look for him in the lineup Sunday against the Colts.
Edwards’ availability coincided with the team’s recovery from a second horrid performance in a row by David Garrard. The Jaguars’ chief backup, Luke McCown, tore an ACL in Week 2. Todd Bouman, signed after that injury, ranks as the current backup and is hardly an inspiring alternative.
Perhaps Edwards can be one of those.
Gene Smith is always looking to upgrade his roster and he believes this move does that.
But the odds that Edwards is a transformative player for the Jaguars seem long to me. And if any of the team's other players are expecting Edwards to solve their problems it would be a major mistake.
He could turn into a good guy to help groom a high pick next year.
Here’s Scouts Inc.'s report on him from before the season kicked off:
"He is a big, strong-armed pocket passer. He is not very mobile or athletic. Edwards is more accurate when throwing from the pocket than on the move. He is smart in terms of being adept at adjusting to the system, but still makes too many poor decisions with the football. His leadership skills are solid. He does not show the tools to be a consistent NFL starter."