One thing is for sure when it comes to the Buffalo Bills this season. They will be opening the season with a rookie as their starting quarterback. According to NFL.com on Monday August 26, Doug Marrone said he plans to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel if E.J. Manuel has not recovered from knee surgery in time.
Less than two weeks ago it looked like the Buffalo Bills were headed towards a rookie starter, but it was all about Manuel. The unfortunate knee injury has sidelined E.J. for the rest of the preseason after surgery. E.J. Manuel was playing very well during the games and it was becoming apparent that he had a handle on the offense.
Jeff Tuel has been great during the preseason, especially the first game. He only had four incomplete passes out of 23 attempts. Tuel did not get many snaps in the second preseason game, but he was rushed into action after the concussion by Kevin Kolb over the weekend. Jeff Tuel was 10-17 passing against Washington.
Now it seems as if the job will be his for the time being. The Buffalo Bills open the season on September 8 against the New England Patriots.
Imagine if the Buffalo Bills win the first week of the season with Tuel as the starter. Would that cause a quarterback dilemma for the Buffalo Bills? Not only is E.J. Manuel a first round pick, but Jeff Tuel was undrafted. This may be one game that Buffalo doesn’t want to win. However, Marrone did say when Manuel returns, “he’ll be the quarterback."