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Evaluating Buffalo Bills Quarterback Kevin Kolb Through the Years

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Kevin Kolb has had an inconsistent, injury-prone career as a starting quarterback, but could be the right man for the job in Buffalo in 2013. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

There is a strong possibility that Kevin Kolb will be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback in 2014, at least to begin the season. While EJ Manuel is clearly the quarterback of the future, he is widely considered as raw coming out of Florida State and may need more time to develop before being put in to face NFL defenses.

The best attribute Kolb brings to the table while Manuel develops is that he has NFL starting experience on a team that needs it. In all likelihood, the Bills will feature 3-5 rookie or first-year wide receivers. Inserting a rookie quarterback with that much inexperience at wide receiver could be a recipe for disaster.

Kolb has started 21 NFL games and appeared in 32 total games. He carries at 9-12 career record as a starter. He has thrown for 5,206 yards in his career with 28 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He has a 78.9 career passer rating and has completed 59.5 percent of his passes. He has averaged 6.9 yards per attempt.

There has been much stated about Kolb being sacked 57 times in his 15 games with the Arizona Cardinals. Considering Kolb was only sacked 20 times in 19 games with the Eagles, that looks to be more of an indicator of lackluster pass protection from the Cardinals offensive line. The Bills should offer Kolb solid protection after only allowing 23 sacks in 2011 (1st) and 30 on 2012 (10th).

It has been said that the best predictor of future performance is to evaluate past performance. By examining Kolb’s career from his college days as a Houston Cougar, and evaluating his career as a pro, we can have some idea as to what we can expect in 2013 from the 6 year pro.

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Biggest Summer Questions for AFC East Defenses

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Patriots will be counting on a leap in production from Chandler Jones in his sophomore season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last week, I looked at the biggest questions facing AFC East offenses. This week, it’s time to turn our attention to the biggest questions on the defensive side of the ball.

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Biggest Summer Questions for AFC East Offenses

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The health of star tight end Rob Gronkowski will be critical for the New England Patriots’ passing offense this season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

As we count down the days until training camps start around the NFL, many fans and teams are starting to analyze the pieces that make up their roster and ask themselves what the season has in store.

After I looked specifically at the Buffalo Bills last week, it’s time to turn our attention to the other teams in the AFC East and examine the questions they have to answer in order to reassure their fan bases that this season might not be one to forget.

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I Will Say I Told You So: AFC East Breakout Players for 2013

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Shane Vereen is one of three running backs projected to be breakout players in the AFC East this year. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Every year in the NFL, players seem to burst onto the scene, grabbing the collective attention of fans and opposing teams.

Last season, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and New England Patriots running back Steven Ridley were among the players who built off of early career performances and exploded in a big way, proving themselves to be legitimate NFL stars and players that opposing teams need to gameplan for.

Predicting who is going to breakout is an inexact science, but certainly a fun game to play. Looking at players’ overall skill sets, college pedigree, brief professional experience and the opportunity presented by their 2013 situation, I’ve selected an offensive and defensive player from each team in the AFC East who I think is primed for a breakout season.

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Allow Me To Introduce Myself

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Like the Buffalo BIlls, BBD will have a new quarterback under center for the upcoming season. (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you’re a Buffalo Bills fan, you have many reasons to be excited for the 2013 NFL season. With a new head coach (Doug Marrone) comes change and upgrade on both sides of the ball. The new offense could be led by a promising rookie quarterback prospect (E.J. Manuel), while the receiving corps will be bolstered by new playmakers including second-round pick Robert Woods, and one of the league’s most explosive playmakers, C.J. Spiller, returns to the backfield. The new defensive scheme — called the “amoeba” by some — will create more opportunities for playmakers like Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd to swing games in the Bills’ favor.

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