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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.


This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 6

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Branden Oliver has becoming an intriguing fantasy option at running back due to injuries at the position for the San Diego Chargers. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

Branden Oliver has becoming an intriguing fantasy option at running back due to injuries at the position for the San Diego Chargers. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Owned in 6% of Yahoo! Leagues): With Josh McCown out and Glennon having a five-to-two touchdown-to-interception ratio, Glennon would be a good add this week for those needing to replace Drew Brees on bye. Expect him to be a solid QB2 option each and every week considering how unstable their run game is right now and how much they are likely to be playing from behind.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns (5% Y!): Despite many raving for Johnny Manziel to be the starting quarterback, Hoyer has been better than decent so far for the Cleveland Browns, with more than 1,000 yards passing and a six-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio, despite having few weapons outside of oft-injured tight end Jordan Cameron. When Cameron gets healthy and Josh Gordon returns in Week 12, expect Hoyer to put up even better numbers. He could be a high-end QB2 come fantasy playoffs time.

Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers (14% Y!): With Donald Brown now concussed, Ryan Mathews out with a knee injury and Danny Woodhead done for the year with a broken ankle, Oliver will be the lead back in San Diego until Brown and/or Matthews get healthy. After he ran for more than 100 yards and scored rushing and receiving touchdowns against a tough New York Jets run defense, he is a must-add who could easily have another great week as he has an easy matchup against the Oakland Raiders.


Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 14 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

EJ Manuel will attempt to win his first game on the road in 2013 against Tampa Bay. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final Thoughts:

There’s not much to say about Buffalo’s pathetic performance today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Offensively, EJ Manuel had his worst outing of the year. The quarterback threw four interceptions and attempted to dink and dunk his way down the field. While Manuel wasn’t at fault for all of his interceptions, Manuel’s up and down season season hit a new low today.

Buffalo’s offensive line didn’t do Manuel and the Bills any favors either. Manuel found himself getting hit quite a bit as the Buccaneers sacked him six times. Multiple lineman were called for penalties on the day, including Eric Wood who was the weak link on the line. Wood’s biggest gaffe of the game was getting called for holding on a screen pass that C.J. Spiller took 83 yards for the touchdown. The holding penalty was especially bad as Spiller was past the player that Wood decided to hold.

Spiller and Jackson didn’t receive much help from the line and each struggled in the run game. Spiller was held to 22 yards on 11 carries and Jackson saw five carries for 12 yards.

Defensively, the Bills did a fairly good job in the second half. Unfortunately, the first half was a different story. The defense gave up an 80 yard run to Bobby Rainey on his first carry of the day and a wobbly 38 yard pass found itself in Vincent Jackson’s arms for another big play touchdown.

While those two plays were especially bad, the defense did pretty well the rest of the way. Tampa Bay had excellent field position all game thanks to Manuel’s interceptions, Leodis McKelvin’s muffed punt and many stalled drives.

For the game, Mike Glennon was held to 90 yards passing and Rainey was rather ineffective for the remainder of the game (21 carries for 47 yards).

The loss at least gives closure to any Bills fans holding out hope for a playoff appearance. Buffalo is now 4-9 and looking for it’s first road win under EJ Manuel.



Buffalo Bills: 5 Possible Strategies for Drafting a Quarterback

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

If the Buffalo Bills are targeting Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, they could end up drafting him at No. 8, No. 41 or somewhere in between. (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Contributor: Dan Hope

No inside knowledge of the Buffalo Bills’ draft strategy is needed to know that the Bills should be targeting drafting a quarterback in the early rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.

After releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had been the team’s starter since 2009, the Bills signed Kevin Kolb earlier this offseason. But although general manager Buddy Nix called Kolb a “strong candidate in the competition for the starting quarterback position,” (per the Bills’ official team Twitter account) the door remains wide open for a rookie quarterback to compete for and win the starting quarterback job. Kolb’s two-year contract only has a base value of no more than $6.1 million, with the rest of his possible $13 million coming in incentives, according to Pro Football Talk.

Kolb failed to prove himself as a viable long-term starter in two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, and considering the Bills can pay him half as much to be a backup than if he starts, the Bills certainly will not be held back by signing Kolb. The Bills’ other established veteran quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson, has not had any consistent success as an NFL starting quarterback either.

The question isn’t whether the Bills will draft a quarterback, but rather when they will. In a draft class that contains no star quarterback prospects, will the Bills take a chance on the best available quarterback at the No. 8 overall pick, or will the Bills wait for better value?

Let’s take a look at five possible quarterback strategies for the Buffalo Bills, as well as which quarterbacks could be highest on the Bills’ radar.


1. Draft the best-available quarterback at the No. 8 overall pick

Most Likely Choices: Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib

Geno Smith could be an option for the Buffalo Bills at No. 8. (Photo: US Presswire)

Although there is not one quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft class truly worth a top-10 pick, the likelihood of the Bills using the No. 8 overall selection on a signal-caller remains very high.

Quarterbacks are routinely overdrafted due to their positional importance, and the Bills need a quarterback as badly as any team in the NFL. Drafting a quarterback in the top 10 would fill the Bills’ biggest need right away, and allow the team to build up their roster through talent value through the rest of the draft.

Whether the Bills draft their quarterback at No. 8 will depend upon whether the Bills view any of the quarterbacks available as a player they cannot miss out. If the Bills consider one of the available quarterbacks to be a much better franchise option than the other quarterbacks they could select, they should draft their guy at No. 8 so as not to miss out on the opportunity to select him later.

This decision could be shaped by which quarterbacks, if any, are selected in the top seven picks. If West Virginia’s Geno Smith, who has the most physical talent and upside of any quarterback in the draft class and is expected by most to be the first quarterback drafted, falls to the No. 8 overall selection, he could very well be the selection in Buffalo.

It is also very plausible, however, that the Bills could opt for another signal-caller even if Smith is available. Smith’s last experience in cold-weather football at the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl was an absolute disaster, which could be a warning given that he would have similar conditions at points playing in Buffalo. He also needs to establish a pocket presence and becoming better at read switching.

If Smith is off the board or the Bills decided to pass upon him, two other quarterbacks who could be in play are USC’s Matt Barkley and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib. Barkley does not have great arm strength and athletic ability, but he is the most polished and accurate pocket passer of any quarterback in the draft class. Nassib, who faced off against Smith in that Pinstripe Bowl, would be a reach at the No. 8 overall pick, but has a big arm, good footwork and athletic ability. Nassib has an obvious connection to the Buffalo Bills as he played for new head coach Doug Marrone for the past four years at Syracuse, and may be the best bet as a cold-weather quarterback for Buffalo.

If the Bills believe strongly enough in any one of those quarterbacks being worth a top-10 pick, chances are good that no other prospect falling will change their mind about who to select. If not, the Bills will likely wait to find better value.

2. Trade down from No. 8 overall, draft a quarterback later in Round 1

Most Likely Choices: Barkley, Nassib, E.J. Manuel

Given that there are a number of quarterbacks who could very well end up in Round 1, but no quarterbacks who stand out as sure-fire top-10 picks, a smart move for the Bills could be to trade down from the No. 8 overall pick, but still target a quarterback with their first-round pick.

If the Bills are targeting Smith, No. 8 overall would likely be their only choice to select him, as he projects to be a likely target of the New York Jets if available at the No. 9 or No. 13 overall selection. If there is a team enticed to trade up, however, the Bills could likely trade down into the middle of Round 1 and still have a good shot at selecting Barkley, Nassib or Florida State’s E.J. Manuel.

Drafting a quarterback at any point in Round 1 makes for a major investment and immediate starting expectations, but trading down and getting additional selections before drafting a quarterback would lessen the pressure and risk of that selection somewhat. If the Bills believe strongly in being able to select Barkley, Nassib or Manuel, trading down would be a good way to get better value on one of those signal-callers, but still be in good position to get the quarterback they covet.

3. Draft another player at No. 8, trade back up into Round 1

Most Likely Choices: Nassib, Manuel, Barkley

Matt Barkley is an option at No. 8, but he might still be available later in Round 1. (Photo: US Presswire)

There is no clear-cut choice for the Buffalo Bills at the No. 8 overall pick if they wait on drafting a quarterback, but there are plenty of solid options. If Jordan is off the board, other potential choices include LSU pass-rusher/outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper and Alabama guard Chance Warmack.

Drafting a first-round quarterback could still be a possibility, however, even if the Bills draft another player at No. 8. With a number of teams drafting early in Round 2 potentially targeting quarterbacks with their picks (Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets), the Bills could make a move up ahead from the No. 41 overall selection into the late picks of Round 1 to secure their chance to draft one of the top quarterbacks.

This would be a very good plan for the Bills if Marrone plans to bring Nassib with him to the next level. While Nassib is unlikely to be drafted by another team in the early picks of the draft, he looks like a very likely early Round 2 selection.

Barkley and Manuel would also be good targets with this potential strategy. Both quarterbacks have a shot to be among the draft’s early picks, but could also end up in Round 2. The Bills would have a good shot of being able to draft one of them in the late first round, but may not have a shot at either of them at No. 41.

4. Select quarterback with No. 41 overall selection

Most Likely Choices: Nassib, Manuel, Tyler Wilson

If the Bills wait until Round 2 to draft a quarterback, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson could be at the top of their board. (Photo: US Presswire)

The Buffalo Bills could get much better value on a quarterback by waiting until their second-round selection, No. 41 overall. If the board falls their way, the Bills could end up getting a quarterback at No. 41 who is just as good as what they could have gotten at No. 8 — but by waiting, they also run the risk of missing out on all the draft’s top quarterback prospects.

Of the four quarterbacks currently looked at as potential first-round selections, Nassib and Manuel are the most likely to still be available at No. 41 overall. Barkley and Smith are the head of the quarterback class, but while Nassib and Manuel are rising prospects who could go as high or even above Barkley and/or Smith, they belong more rightfully as second-round selections.

Another quarterback who should also be strongly in consideration at No. 41 overall is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson. Wilson, in my opinion, belongs to be in the conversation with Barkley and Smith as the draft class’ top quarterback, but it appears more likely he will be the fifth quarterback drafted, as the other four have received considerably more buzz in recent weeks. That said, he is a skilled pocket passer with good size and a strong arm, and he could very well be the franchise quarterback that the Bills need while chances are good he will still be available at No. 41.

If the Bills can get a potential franchise quarterback they want without using their top draft pick and without having to move up from No. 41 overall, that looks to be their best-case scenario.

5. Bring in quarterback competition in Round 3

Most Likely Choices: Tyler Bray, Mike Glennon, Landry Jones, Matt Scott

Last year, the Seattle Seahawks had Tarvaris Jackson and a mid-level free agent quarterback signing (Matt Flynn) when they used their third-round pick to select Russell Wilson, bringing him into a three-way competition which Wilson ultimately won and which ended up working out better than anyone could have expected in Wilson’s stellar rookie season.

While it is unlikely that the Bills will find a player who rises to stardom as a rookie by waiting to draft a quarterback in Round 3, they could very well replicate the competitive stage of what happened in Seattle by drafting a third-round quarterback — which would not come with nearly the immediate pressure to play of a quarterback selected in the first two rounds — to compete with Kolb and Jackson.

If Tyler Wilson were to fall to the Bills’ third-round pick, that would be hitting the jackpot in terms of filling the quarterback need with value in the 2013 NFL draft. More realistic options at No. 71 overall, however, include Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Arizona’s Matt Scott, all of whom have visited with the Bills according to the team’s official website.

Among those quarterbacks, the best choice would be Bray, who has the highest upside among them with a strong arm, great size and the ability to make any throw on the field if he can become a more accurate passer and polished decision-maker. Glennon is a similar high-upside prospect, though he does not have as much arm talent and is even more mistake-prone, while Jones and Scott may not be starting quarterbacks but could be good additions into the rotation.

Bills To Workout Six QB’s

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The Bills will be working out Matt Barkley in a private workout (Photo: US Presswire)

Thanks to Chris Brown’s link to the Toronto Sun interview with GM Buddy Nix last night we now know that the Bills intend to work out six QB’s in the pre-draft process. The question becomes who are those six? (more…)

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