Debate: Could Kyle Orton Overtake EJ Manuel as the Buffalo Bills’ Starting Quarterback This Season?

September 5th, 2014
Should Kyle Orton get a shot to start for the Buffalo Bills this season? Ryan Talbot and Dan Hope debate. (Photo: Jayme Kacin-Oncea — USA Today Sports)

Should Kyle Orton get a shot to start for the Buffalo Bills this season? Ryan Talbot and Dan Hope debate. (Photo: Jayme Kacin-Oncea — USA Today Sports)

This August was supposed to be the preseason of progression for second-year Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. Instead, he led just two touchdown drives in five games—and both of those came against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive unit composed entirely of backups—and continued struggling to find any rhythm with the Bills’ first-team offense.

Despite his underwhelming rookie season and persistent lackluster performance this summer, it remained presumed throughout training camp and the preseason that Manuel was the Bills’ only option to start. Neither Thad Lewis nor Jeff Tuel, the two quarterbacks who had been with Buffalo since last season, gave any hope of being an upgrade under center. That perception has started to change, however, since the Bills signed veteran Kyle Orton on Saturday.

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Buffalo Bills Legend Jim Kelly Announces He is Cancer-Free

September 4th, 2014
Biopsies revealed Thursday that former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly no longer has cancer. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Biopsies revealed Thursday that former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly no longer has cancer. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s been a year full of highs and lows for the Buffalo Bills, but even moreso for the greatest quarterback in franchise history, Jim Kelly. Both the Bills community and Kelly had reason to celebrate Thursday, when the legendary signal-caller announced he is cancer-free.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week Two

September 4th, 2014
Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia's season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia’s season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Prospects for the 2015 NFL draft have had their opportunities to make a first impression for the 2014 season. That said, the scouting process is a fluid one so putting too much stock into any single performance is foolish. Stacking consistent outings is vital and Week 1 is just the beginning of that process. As we dive into Week 2 of Talent Watch, let’s begin by looking back at the players who were most impressive in the inaugural week of the season.

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Labor Day: Buffalo Bills Release Week 1 Depth Chart, Name Captains, Continue to Fill Practice Squad

September 1st, 2014
Third-round pick Preston Brown is set to start in place of Nigel Bradham at weakside linebacker in the Bills' season opener Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Third-round pick Preston Brown is set to start in place of Nigel Bradham at weakside linebacker in the Bills’ season opener Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills stayed busy on Labor Day in their preparations for their season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. On Monday, the Bills released their first in-season depth chart of the year, announced their six team captains and continued to make additions to their practice squad.

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Buffalo Bills Bring Jeff Tuel, Six Other Cuts Back to Practice Squad

August 31st, 2014
Released by the Bills on Saturday after one year on their roster, quarterback Jeff Tuel is set to begin the 2014 season on Buffalo's practice squad. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Released by the Bills on Saturday after one year on their roster, quarterback Jeff Tuel is set to begin the 2014 season on Buffalo’s practice squad. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills started filling up their practice squad on Sunday by re-signing seven of the 10 players who they released on Saturday.

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