When the Buffalo Bills selected Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, most Bills fans thought that Manuel would ride the pine in his rookie year. With the move the Bills made today, Manuel is poised to start in week one.
The Bills today announced that they have released quarterback Tavaris Jackson. That leaves the Bills with three quarterbacks on their roster in Manuel, Kevin Kolb and Jeff Tuel. The next question is then will the Bills add another quarterback to the roster.
Even though most teams like to have four quarterbacks for training camp, that way the starter doesn’t wear out; the Bills will most likely just carry the three.
The sole reason is because of Manuel. Manuel has done a very good job so far this offseason. He According to ProFootballTalk.com, Marrone has been impressed with what Manuel has done so far.
“From my standpoint,” Marrone said, “E.J. Manuel has done better as a rookie than any of the other organizations I’ve been a part of.”
Many may disagree with the sentiment that Manuel is poised to start week one for various reasons. One reason isn’t going to be due to the fact that he doesn’t know what a franchise quarterback looks like
Actually, Marrone knows what a franchise quarterback looks like as he was the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. The Saints won the Super Bowl the next year and have been one of the top offenses in the NFL since. So, Marrone developed the Saints offense into the juggernaut that it’s been since.
Also, it isn’t unprecedented for a rookie quarterback to start for a National Football League teams from day one. Actually, it happened just last year with Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins. Not only did they start rookie quarterbacks, both teams went to the playoffs.
Unfortunately, both teams were eliminated in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. However, with both quarterback proving to be franchise quarterbacks you can be sure that they will be in the NFL playoffs much more to come.
What Jackson’s release does is give Manuel a lot more snaps in practice.
Up until this point it has been Kolb and Jackson getting the majority of the snaps at practice with Manuel getting a mere fraction of what they were. Now, that changes as Manuel will get just as many snaps in practice as Kolb will. That starts Tuesday as the Bills have a mandatory mini-camp this week.
So, if Manuel continues to impress in mini-camp and training camp he will be poised to start week one for the Bills.