The Buffalo Bills quarterback competition looks heavily slanted towards E.J. Manuel, even if the numbers flatter Manuel a little bit (he stared down his receivers too many times and took advantage of weak competition). But still, those notes shouldn’t detract from the promise Manuel showed against the Indianapolis Colts, and he has done a good job through training camp. Manuel has been praised frequently as somebody who has the make-up of a franchise quarterback, and he is well on his way to beating out veteran Kevin Kolb for the starting gig.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes that the Bills want the only first-round QB, “to grab the job with two hands and never let it go.” Rapoport adds a quote from Bills GM Doug Whaley, which basically states that it would be better for the Bills to have Manuel prove himself worthy of starting than Kolb.
It really seems like E.J. Manuel has won the starting competition in Buffalo, but the Bills won’t announce anything until 10-12 days prior to the regular season opener against the New England Patriots. Kolb still has some time to make up ground, but Manuel looks to be in the lead despite his lack of polish; I would be surprised to see Kolb win.
In some minor news, the Buffalo Bills have released tight end Mike Caussin, who was not expected to make the roster and has a hip injury. That release comes as little surprise, but Caussin did provide versatility by playing special teams and could have made the Bills roster as a depth TE.