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The end of Terrell Owens' Dallas Cowboys career and the beginning of his Buffalo Bills career should have a profound effect on his new team's quarterback performance. Based on past history, when Owens moves to a new team, that team's passing game improves significantly.
In 2004 when Owens left San Francisco for Philadelphia, the Eagles record improved from 12-4 to 13-3. The Eagles quarterbacks, primarily Donovan McNabb but also Koy Detmer and Jeff Blake, saw their numbers jump in completion percentage (57.6 to 61.4), yardage (3,273 to 4,208), touchdowns/interceptions (17/11 to 32/11) and quarterback rating (80.5 to 96.4).
Owens had a spectacular 2004 regular season with 77 catches for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in just 14 games before an injury forced him out of the final two regular season games and the two playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl.
After wearing out his welcome in Philadelphia, Owens signed on with the Cowboys in 2006.
With Dallas the passing game again improved from the season before TO. In 2005 Drew Bledsoe and the "Boys" threw 500 times, completing 300 (60.0%) for 3,639 yards, 23 TDs, 17 INTs and a quarterback rating of 83.6. With the superstar wideout, the combination of Bledsoe and Tony Romo threw 506 times, completing 310 (61.3%), for 4,067 yards (+428 yards), 26 TDs, 21 INTs and had a QB rating of 86.5 (+2.9 points).
Owens contributed to those totals by hauling in 85 balls for 1,180 yards and 13 scores.
Owens wore out his welcome in Dallas too and will wear Buffalo blue and red in 2009. The big question every fantasy owner will be asking himself is how will Owens do in northern New York and how will his new signal caller, Trent Edwards do?
Though a little slower than when he first appeared on the scene, Owens is still a dynamic weapon and along with speedster Lee Evans will provide a tough combination for a defense to cover. Evans had a solid 1,017 yards last season, but struggled to get into the endzone, something Owens does very well, so the pair should work well together.
The ability to get the ball to these two dynamic receivers is the big question of the day. Edwards has yet to show that he is anything but average, posting pedestrian numbers in both 2007 and 2008. But the effect of Owens on a quarterback is easily seen in his past two moves, so one would expect Edwards' numbers to see a boost.
In 2008 Edwards played in 14 games and was 245-for-374 (65.5%) for 2,699 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Respecting Owens' past effect, one would expect to see the following stats from Edwards in 2009: 344-for-514 for 3,983 yards, 23 TDs, 17 INTs, QB rating of 90.7
Those numbers are similar to Matt Cassel's 2008 season: 327 for 516 for 3,693, 21 TDs, 11 INTs and QB rating of 89.4.