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Veteran Additions, Kevin Kolb Injury Continue to Shuffle Buffalo Bills QB Situation

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

In the wake of Kevin Kolb suffering a concussion, the Buffalo Bills acquired Thaddeus Lewis from the Detroit Lions on Sunday. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Did EJ Manuel earn the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback job with his on-field play this preseason? Given that he only played three quarters of preseason action before suffering a knee procedure ended his preseason, it’s hard to say that he did.

Quite frankly, however, that no longer matters. Manuel’s only legitimate competition for the starting job, Kevin Kolb, left Saturday’s preseason game versus the Washington Redskins with a concussion. According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, that concussion may be career-ending.

The primary concern here, of course, is Kolb’s health, especially considering that this is at least his third career concussion, according to Graham. But as it pertains to the Bills’ quarterback situation, the Bills certainly have no expectation of Kolb being back on the field for Week 1, and must prepare for the possibility of him not returning at all.

As a result, Manuel has won the quarterback competition by default. Will the rookie quarterback be ready to take the reins of the Bills offense upon his return? We will find out from his play on the field, but if the Bills were not already prepared to start Kolb upon his return, it is almost certain that they will now.

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Cause for Concern: Buffalo Bills Undressed in Dress Rehearsal vs. Washington Redskins

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills never found any offensive rhythm behind quarterback Jeff Tuel on Saturday. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Of all four preseason games, the third preseason game is supposed to be the closest to a regular-season game. Most starters around the league play for an entire half during Week 3 of the preseason, as NFL teams try to get their key players ready for regular-season action before resting them for the most part in the final preseason game on Thursday.

If Saturday’s game versus the Washington Redskins was any indication of how the Buffalo Bills will look when the real season begins, the Bills could be in for another long season. The Bills struggled mightily on both sides of the ball Saturday, and lost the game by a final score of 30-7.

That said, there’s no reason to harp on the final score: preseason results are ultimately meaningless and are often misleading. What are significant, however, are the reasons that the Bills ended up giving up so many points and scoring so few, as there were plenty of takeaways from Saturday’s game that could be cause for concern.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Linebackers

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Nigel Bradham is the Bills’ only returning starter at linebacker. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills overhauled numerous positions this offseason. The wide receiver changes seem to be getting the most attention, but the linebacker corps looks vastly different from the 2012 squad. Seven of the 11 players listed as linebackers on Buffalo’s roster are entering their first season with the Bills.

When the Bills’ 53-man roster was announced last season, seven linebackers made the cut. Linebackers on the Bills may be in for some good news however if Mike Pettine, the team’s defensive coordinator, has a say. In 2011 and 2012, the Jets carried nine linebackers on their opening 53-man rosters. It seems as though depth at the linebacker position was valued by Pettine and Rex Ryan in New York.

Let’s take a look at the 11 linebackers currently on the Bills’ roster, with each listed according to their position on the Bills’ official team roster.

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