All in a day's work

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

The ball floated perfectly out of the right hand of Trent Edwards, a tight spiral that nestled nicely into the waiting mitts of 13-year old Armando Drummond.

As a grinning Edwards looked on, his young wide-eyed receiver cradled the pigskin, then scampered off into the distance.

There were no questions from Drummond as to why Edwards did not throw the ball harder.

Or why the Buffalo Bills quarterback previously had not tossed more passes his way.

In other words, Drummond is no T.O. in the making. Not yet anyway.

Besides, one Terrell Owens is enough in anyone's life, thanks.

Just 24 hours after leading the Bills to an impressive 33-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Edwards and third-string QB Gibran Hamdan visited Drummond and a group of other eager kids at the East Scarborough Boys & Girls Clubs yesterday to promote the NFL's Play 60 campaign, a program encouraging youngsters to remain physically active every day.

Yet, even after an afternoon of slogging through the suffocating traffic between Buffalo and Toronto, Edwards knows that T.O. is never really that far away.

Self generated or not, Owens always is big news wherever he goes and, through just two weeks of the season, he has been exactly that.

Prior to Week 1, Owens admitted he was not fond of the no-huddle because it left the offence more fatigued. Then, after making just two grabs in the Bills' heartbreaking 25-24 loss to the host New England Patriots in the season opener, he declined to speak with reporters.

Owens gave the media another dose of the silent treatment Sunday, a curious reaction since he had just caught his first TD pass as a Bill. Check that. Curious for most players. Not for T.O.

Remember, this is the same Terrell Owens who, in the days after that loss to the Pats, called out Edwards, tame as it might be.

"Obviously we didn't utilize myself (T.O.) and Lee (Evans) as much as we would like but we still had the game won ... It's always a work in progress, and Trent has to better assess what he's seeing out there and take some shots down the field," Owens said at the time.

Edwards did take deep shots to Owens against the Bucs. The first time, Owens dropped the ball. The second time, T.O. held on for a 43-yard touchdown.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It's all part of the T.O. package, one Edwards is quite aware of.

He knows Owens has chewed up quarterbacks in San Francisco, in Philly, in Dallas. He knows how T.O. turned on Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo.

Most importantly, Edwards knows T.O.'s baggage. And his skills. The key is finding the balance.

"It's a long season with lots of high and lows," Edwards said last night. "I'd be stupid not to think (Owens' frustrations) would happen. But it's a work in progress.

"There are times when he's open where I don't see him. We just have to work to make things better. At the same time, I can't change the way I do things.

"He's a very competitive guy. That's a good thing."

Asked if the media blows every T.O. moment out of proportion, Edwards replied: "Oh ya."

Thankfully, Edwards is not the quarterback on T.O.'s tongue-wagging radar these days. That privilege belongs to Romo, who was slagged courtesy of T.O.'s twitter account Sunday night.

After watching Romo toss three interceptions in a 33-31 loss to the New York Giants, Owens tweeted: "Dallas just found out they have a T.R. problem, not a T.O. problem."

Edwards can relax. It seems he and T.O. still are cool.

For now.

MIKE.ZEISBERGER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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