Posts Tagged ‘Quarterback Competition’

Can Tyrod Taylor Be a Factor in Bills’ Starting Quarterback Competition?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Tyrod Taylor did not play much for the Baltimore Ravens, but he is an intriguing athlete who could factor into Buffalo's quarterback competition. (Photo: Mitch Stringer — USA Today Sports)

Tyrod Taylor did not play much for the Baltimore Ravens, but he is an intriguing athlete who could factor into Buffalo’s quarterback competition. (Photo: Mitch Stringer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One week after acquiring Matt Cassel in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills added another veteran quarterback to the roster on Thursday, when they announced the signing of former Baltimore Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor.

A 2011 sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech, Taylor never started a game in four seasons with the Ravens. In limited action, Taylor completed just 19 of 35 passing attempts for 199 yards, with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

That said, Taylor is just 26 years old and brings intriguing athleticism to the position. He is unlikely to ever be a viable starting quarterback in the NFL, but he at least deserves a shot to compete for the Bills’ starting job, given their lack of a sure No. 1 signal-caller.

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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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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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