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Who Will Be the Buffalo Bills’ Quarterback in 2015? 15 Possibilities

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Jay Cutler is among the quarterbacks being discussed as potential 2015 options for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

Jay Cutler is among the quarterbacks being discussed as potential 2015 options for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills missed the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season in 2014, but they might not have if they had better quarterback play. Amid key players hitting free agency and rumors of front office changes, there remains no bigger question heading into the Bills’ 2015 season than that of who will be their quarterback next year, especially after Monday’s news that incumbent starting quarterback Kyle Orton is retiring from the NFL.

Buffalo and its fans have to be realistic—the Bills probably aren’t going to find their long-term answer at the quarterback position in 2015. With no first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, the Bills aren’t in good position to land their next Jim Kelly.

That said, the good news for the Bills is that even a slight, temporary upgrade under center might be enough for the team to make a playoff run next year. Having just completed their first winning season since 2004 by beating the New England Patriots in an ugly win Sunday, the Bills had enough talent to make the postseason this year, just not enough execution, particularly from the quarterback position, where Orton and EJ Manuel both struggled this year.

Manuel was the Bills’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft, but he has been a big disappointment and started just four games before being benched in 2014. With that in mind, the Bills have to consider all options at the quarterback position for 2015, and each of the following 15 players could be possibilities.

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Kyle Orton Retiring After One Year as Buffalo Bills Quarterback

Monday, December 29th, 2014
After one season as Buffalo Bills quarterback and 10 NFL seasons total, Kyle Orton is retiring from the league. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

After one season as Buffalo Bills quarterback and 10 NFL seasons total, Kyle Orton is retiring from the league. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you were distressed over the possibility of Kyle Orton being the Buffalo Bills quarterback once again in 2015, those fears can now be put to rest. The 10-year NFL veteran announced his decision to retire from the league Monday.

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What to Watch For: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Much to the chagrin of Buffalo Bills fans and the delight of New England Patriots fans, Sunday’s regular-season finale between the two teams is essentially meaningless. The Bills, at 8-7, have been eliminated from the playoffs for a 15th consecutive year; the Patriots, at 12-3, have already clinched the AFC’s No. 1 postseason seed.

Still, there will be pride on the line in Sunday’s game, especially for the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t beat the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium since 2000 and have lost 26 of their 28 games against the Patriots since. Additionally, a victory Sunday could secure the Bills’ first winning record since 2004, another year they went 9-7.

With that in mind, there’s still reason for Bills fans to watch Sunday’s season finale, and there’s still reason for the Bills to play as hard as they can to secure a win—but it’s also undeniable that everyone involved with the Bills should have one eye toward the offseason at this point. As much as the Bills will play for a W on Sunday, it will also be a final chance for both players and coaches to prove their worth to the Bills and/or to the league as a whole heading into 2015.

Here’s some of the dynamics that will be worth keeping an eye on Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills Lose to Miami Dolphins Because It’s Tough to Win When You Can’t Score a Touchdown

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Not much went well for Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. (Photo: Brad Barr — USA Today Sports)

Not much went well for Kyle Orton and the Buffalo Bills offense against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday. (Photo: Brad Barr — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills offense started its second half of the season hot, scoring a touchdown on its first possession of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Buffalo hasn’t reached the end zone in nearly 115 minutes of football since.

Already ranked 26th in the NFL in touchdowns per game—and dead last in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage—coming into the week according to TeamRankings.com, the Bills offense reached a new low in futility on Thursday night as it failed to score a single touchdown in a 22-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins that leaves Buffalo, now 5-5 for the season, in a spot from which it is highly unlikely to make the playoffs.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 5

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Teddy Bridgewater is among the recommend acquisitions this week in fantasy football. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

Teddy Bridgewater is among the recommend acquisitions this week in fantasy football. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Owned in 47% of Yahoo! leagues): A 300-yard, four-touchdown game is not something we will see every week out of Manning, especially since he did this against a weak Washington Redskins defense in Week 4, but it is major improvement over what he had done the first three weeks of the season. It took Manning some time to adjust to the new West Coast offense but now that he seems to be making major strides with it, he is definitely worth a look as a QB flier for those going into more bye week trouble moving forward.

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