The Buffalo Bills thought they came into training camp with a big conundrum at the quarterback position, and they did indeed have a captivating quarterback competition on their hands between first-round rookie E.J. Manuel and veteran Kevin Kolb. But now, the Buffalo Bills have a whole new problem on their hands, and it looks like they might be forced to start Jeff Tuel in the worst possible scenario, and that wouldn’t be ideal despite his impressive displays in the preseason. Tuel is an undrafted free agent out of Washington State who couldn’t fully grip the Cougars starting job, but the merits of him or Connor Halliday starting are still left up to debate.
According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone stated that the team is planning on starting Jeff Tuel against the New England Patriots in Week 1, which would no doubt be great news for Patriots fans. Although the Pats cannot let their guards down against a division rival, it seems like they have a really easy matchup against a poor team with a beat-up QB situation and dealing with an injury to a potential shutdown corner (Stephon Gilmore’s injury means that Crezdon Butler has to start). Starting Tuel isn’t ideal, but it is more ideal than rushing back E.J. Manuel from an injury, as Manuel is the player the Bills have tabbed as the franchise QB and “the guy” for the future.
On the Kevin Kolb front, the 29-year-old quarterback suffered such a severe concussion that it could end his career, which is just extremely sad. Kolb has had a history of concussions, but this is the one that might do him in. He’s been ruled out against the Patriots (obviously), and he’s expected to miss the entire season. However, Kolb is not going to retire without at least trying to get healthy according to Marrone.