The Buffalo Bills went all in and gambled taking E.J. Manuel in the first-round of the NFL Draft this year, and that meant someone on the Bills roster was going to be out of a job. The acquisition of Kevin Kolb in the offseason kind of narrowed down the list of guys on the outside looking in and Buffalo has made Manuel’ path to being an NFL starter a little clearer with the release of Tavaris Jackson on Monday.
Tarvaris Jackson released by the #Bills
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 10, 2013
Prior to the draft it was abundantly clear the Bills needed to find someone to lead the team and needed to desperately fill the hole at quarterback left by the failed experiment known as Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jackson had been penciled in as the starter earlier in the offseason but it was even clear at the time that was just a technicality as he was the only guy with any experience on the roster.
The arrival of Kolb was bad news for Jackson’s chances at winning the starting job and the drafting of Manuel was the clincher when it came to his fate. He likely could have competed during Bills camp for the job but it would have been fruitless as there was no way Buffalo was brining in two new quarterbacks to play behind Jackson.
He has proven the be an alright backup in the NFL and will find work again, but his days in Buffalo are over and we’re that much closer to the E.J. Manuel era beginning.