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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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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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