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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 16

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
If Eli Manning is available on the waiver wire in your fantasy league, he could be a strong pickup for Week 16. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

If Eli Manning is available on the waiver wire in your fantasy league, he could be a strong pickup for Week 16. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins (Owned in 31% of Yahoo! leagues): After Colt McCoy re-injured his neck, RGIII was called upon and did a serviceable job on Sunday against the New York Giants, throwing for 237 yards and a touchdown. He also had 46 rushing yards. Head coach Jay Gruden named Griffin the starting quarterback for Week 16. With Griffin’s ability to scramble and a rather easy matchup against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that got burned by Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, Griffin could be in for a good game. View him as a high-end QB2.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Y!: 61%): Manning had a top five quarterback performance fantasy-wise this past weekend with 250 yards passing and three touchdowns (all to Odell Beckham Jr.). He had a great performance by Beckham in that game, who posted a stat line of 12 receptions, 143 yards and three touchdowns and was the go-to-guy for Manning. With OBJ, Manning has been able to put up better numbers as of late, despite losing Victor Cruz early on in the season. Manning has the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, who are known more for their pass-rush than pass defense. Especially with lead running back Rashad Jennings injured, Manning could be asked to throw more Sunday. He is a high-end QB2 this weekend.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (Y!: 38%): With Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve and Adrian Peterson not coming back this season, the majority of duties at the running back position has been taken up by Asiata. He had a good game on Sunday, gaining 86 combined yards and a rushing touchdown against an extremely tough Detroit Lions defense. The Vikings continue to trust him far more than Ben Tate or Joe Banyard, so Asiata will continue to get the bulk of work going forward. Asiata has a matchup with the Dolphins in Week 16, who gave up 79 yards rushing and a touchdown to the Patriots on Sunday. Asiata is a mid-tier RB3/FLEX play.


What To Expect From EJ Manuel and Other Rookie Quarterbacks

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The success of the 2012 rookie quarterback class set the bar high, but context sets more reasonable expectations for EJ Manuel’s rookie seasons with the Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

What will the Buffalo Bills get out of rookie quarterback EJ Manuel this season? That is the biggest question surrounding the team heading into the offseason. Although Manuel has been called a project and a likely candidate for a redshirt year, the Bills seem content to let him vie for the starting job.

Since everybody acknowledges that the success of the Bills’ 2013 NFL draft will depend on what they get out of Manuel, let’s take a look at what the realistic expectations are of what Manuel could give. By looking at the results of rookie starting quarterbacks in the new millennium, we can determine what would be a realistic successful season for Manuel or any other rookie quarterback.

In order to set the parameters, I decided that a rookie “starting” quarterback would be one who threw 224 pass attempts in their rookie year, since that is the necessary amount to qualify for the league’s passing efficiency rating. Since 2000, 32 rookie quarterbacks have met those guidelines. Some of the stats were already laid out in an interesting article by Football Perspective, so I’ll just try and put them in a context that’s more geared towards this discussion.

Submitting to the fact that yards per attempt, touchdowns, and interceptions are a solid barometer for quarterback success (I’ve added completion percentage in as well), let’s see just how rookie quarterbacks have fared since the turn of the century and what the average performance would be for Manuel and the rest of the class of 2013.


Morning After: Bills v. Redskins

Friday, August 10th, 2012


Unfortunately it was this kind of a night for the Bills as they fall to the Redskins 7-6 (Photo: US Presswire)

Well last night went similarly to how a lot of first preseason games go, it was ugly, it was mistake filled, and it was not a lot of fun but that ladies in gentlemen is why they play the games. There isn’t a lot to take out of this first game so this review will be a bit briefer than the ones that will follow the remainder of this preseason and into the regular season. (more…)

Preseason Preview – Week 1: Washington Redskins

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

It’s time to get excited! The Bills preseason starts on Thursday!

On Thursday night the Buffalo Bills will officially kick off their preseason season as they welcome the Washington Redskins to town and hopefully give rookie QB Robert Griffin III a very rude welcome to the NFL. This game will be the debut of the Bills own star player as DE Mario Williams is expected to start and should play about 15-18 snaps according to head coach Chan Gailey. Meanwhile Griffin and the Redskins starting units will be in there for 12-20 snaps according to Mike Shannahan. (more…)

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