The Buffalo Bills surprised everyone when they drafted former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft and there were immediately people questioning the selection because Manuel did not appear NFL ready. Now that OTAs are underway, we will get an idea of how the Bills will bring Manuel along and it looks like he isn’t as the plans as a Day 1 starter.
During the Bills OTAs on Monday, it wasn’t Manuel or free agent acquisition Kevin Kolb that got the first-team reps. Instead, it was a man that is familiar with the team in Tarvaris Jackson that was getting the first snaps of the OTA.
From Chris Brown (not of Rihanna fame, but of the Bills’ official website):
Bills head coach Doug Marrone said from the outset that the quarterback rotation would likely change daily until one signal caller began to take hold of the job. On Monday Tarvaris Jackson was the first quarterback through the rotation during the team period.
It is unlikely that Jackson will enter the 2013 season as the team’s starter, but at least it shows Buffalo is ready to bring Manuel along slowly.
When the Bills season-opener comes along, conventional wisdom says that Kolb will be under center until Manuel is ready to take over as the man in Buffalo.