For the Buffalo Bills, it looks like E.J. Manuel will make it all the way back from knee surgery. On Tuesday September 3, CBSSports.com reported that E.J has been making a successful recovery, and will be ready for week 1. E.J. Manuel will take the majority of snaps in practice and if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, the rookie from Florida State should be good to go.
After Manuel injured his knee, Kevin Kolb suffered what could be a career ending concussion. Kolb who was vying for the starting spot is definitely out for the season.
Another rookie, Jeff Tuel has been preparing to start for over a week in case E.J. Manuel can’t go. While Manuel was playing well in camp and controlling the offense with precision passing, the injury to Kolb, may have rushed him back a week early.
Although, Doug Marrone said that E.J. would be the starter once he’s ready to play, circumstances changed with the Kevin Kolb injury. It’s one thing to let a veteran get a start and hold the fort down until you’re ready.
However, if the undrafted Jeff Tuel starts the first game against New England, the whole dynamic changes. Imagine Tuel beating the heavy favorites with pin point passing in the opener. That could cause a quarterback competition right away in Buffalo.
Though the Bills drafted E.J. Manuel in the first round. Buffalo is barely more invested in E.J than Jeff Tuel. CBSSports.com says both quarterbacks have been sharing snaps at practice.
Both quarterbacks know it’s up to Doug Marrone to make the decision best for the team on Sunday. And that will be E.J. Manuel if he stays on the right track this week.