Posts Tagged ‘Quarterback Competition’

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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What EJ Manuel’s Injury Means for the Buffalo Bills

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason after undergoing a minor knee procedure this weekend. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills announced Saturday afternoon that rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss the remainder of the preseason. Manuel had swelling in his left knee and is undergoing a minor procedure to fix the problem. According to FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager, Manuel had the procedure on Sunday morning and does not need crutches, but will be out 2-4 weeks.

The injury came at a time where Manuel was extending his lead in the quarterback competition. Now, everything has changed.

What does Manuel’s injury mean to the Bills?

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Kevin Kolb To Start Friday vs. Minnesota Vikings: Are Bills Making the Right Move?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday that Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback Friday versus the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills wouldn’t have selected Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel with their first-round pick in this year’s draft if they intended to keep him on their bench for long. But if you thought that meant the Bills would make him an immediate starter this preseason? Not so fast.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone made it clear that the quarterback competition in Buffalo is still ongoing when he announced Wednesday that veteran Kevin Kolb, not Manuel, would be the team’s starting quarterback on Friday when the Bills play the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium for their second game of the preseason.

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How Kevin Kolb’s Injury Could Impact EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills Quarterback Competition

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Kevin Kolb’s knee injury puts EJ Manuel in the driver’s seat to win the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback competition. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have prepared for and anticipated a two-way quarterback competition in training camp ever since they signed veteran free agent Kevin Kolb and drafted EJ Manuel with their first-round pick. A wrench was thrown into that competition Saturday, however, when Kolb slipped on a wet rubber mat and injured his left knee.

While the freak injury may seem laughable for the oft-injured quarterback, it is no laughing matter for Kolb and the Buffalo Bills.

Although Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the knee injury is not significant, he said Saturday that Kolb’s status is “day to day,” according to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. Kolb was not on the field with his team at the beginning of practice Sunday, according to WGR’s Joe Buscaglia and others.

In a quarterback competition where every day and every repetition can make a difference, every day Kolb has to sit out is a significant day.

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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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