Posts Tagged ‘Quarterbacks’

Buffalo Bills Giving Up on EJ Manuel, Will Start Kyle Orton; Right Time or Too Soon?

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Kyle Orton received the call of duty on Monday to start for the Bills at quarterback in Week 5. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

Kyle Orton received the call of duty on Monday to start for the Bills at quarterback in Week 5. (Photo: Mike Dinovo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The EJ Manuel era of the Buffalo Bills didn’t even make it to 16 full games. Just four games into his second season after starting 10 games as a rookie quarterback, 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel has been benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton, Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Monday.

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Debate: Could Kyle Orton Overtake EJ Manuel as the Buffalo Bills’ Starting Quarterback This Season?

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Should Kyle Orton get a shot to start for the Buffalo Bills this season? Ryan Talbot and Dan Hope debate. (Photo: Jayme Kacin-Oncea — USA Today Sports)

Should Kyle Orton get a shot to start for the Buffalo Bills this season? Ryan Talbot and Dan Hope debate. (Photo: Jayme Kacin-Oncea — USA Today Sports)

This August was supposed to be the preseason of progression for second-year Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. Instead, he led just two touchdown drives in five games—and both of those came against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive unit composed entirely of backups—and continued struggling to find any rhythm with the Bills’ first-team offense.

Despite his underwhelming rookie season and persistent lackluster performance this summer, it remained presumed throughout training camp and the preseason that Manuel was the Bills’ only option to start. Neither Thad Lewis nor Jeff Tuel, the two quarterbacks who had been with Buffalo since last season, gave any hope of being an upgrade under center. That perception has started to change, however, since the Bills signed veteran Kyle Orton on Saturday.

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Kyle Orton and Colton Schmidt Signed, 10 Others Released by Buffalo Bills on Cutdown Day

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills signed Kyle Orton on Saturday to replace Jeff Tuel as their backup quarterback. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills signed Kyle Orton on Saturday to replace Jeff Tuel as their backup quarterback. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ regular-season roster is set (at least for now). The Bills signed two players Saturday, but also released 10 in advance of Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline to reach the 53-man active roster limit.

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Bills Sign Jordan Palmer to Replace Backup Quarterback Thad Lewis; Kiko Alonso Placed on Reserve List

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
The Bills signed Jordan Palmer in an effort to remedy their backup quarterback problem. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

The Bills signed Jordan Palmer in an effort to remedy their backup quarterback problem. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has made it clear the past couple weeks that he was unhappy with the Bills’ backup quarterback situation, so it came as no surprise Tuesday when the Bills signed veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer and released Thad Lewis.

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Sophomore Spotlight: EJ Manuel

Monday, July 28th, 2014

EJ Manuel finished his rookie season with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Playoffs? Not for the Buffalo Bills unless second-year quarterback EJ Manuel improves greatly upon his rookie season.

The Bills talked all offseason about building around Manuel, and they weren’t lying. The team added running back depth in Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, two new wide receivers in Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams and upgrades to their offensive line.

Manuel has been given the weapons needed for his improvement. Buffalo’s 2014 season depends on his ability to deliver.

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