The Buffalo Bills quarterback competition seems to be slanted towards rookie E.J. Manuel, with part of that being due to Kevin Kolb’s injury and the other part due to how much Manuel has impressed. Although Manuel’s preseason debut showcased some flaws that are due to a lack of polish (like staring down receivers), Manuel posted terrific numbers and generally had a really good day against the Indianapolis Colts. The promise that Manuel has showed and the constant praise he has received for having the make-up of a star QB makes me believe that Manuel has the inside track to win the starting job, and GM Doug Whaley recently stated that he would ideally like Manuel to show that he can grasp the starting job and maintain it.
But the Bills aren’t going to go without giving the veteran Kevin Kolb a fair shot at the gig, and the Bills official Twitter account announced last night that head coach Doug Marrone has named Kolb the starter against the Minnesota Vikings for tomorrow’s preseason game.
It’s not a surprise that the Bills are giving Kevin Kolb the start against the Vikings, because Kolb was not able to play in the opener against the Colts due to the knee injury he suffered whilst slipping on a mat as he walked to the practice field. Kolb is better now, and he still has a shot at proving to the Bills that he deserves to start. His polish and experience could win him the job, but Manuel has the early edge right now- but it’s just an edge.