The Buffalo Bills announced on Friday that rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will get the start at quarterback in the last preseason game of the first full week of games on Sunday night. Buffalo takes on the Indianapolis Colts. First year head coach Doug Marrone made the announcement to reporters after the Bills wrapped up practice on Friday afternoon.
In addition to drafting Manuel, the Bills acquired free agent quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb has been dealing with yet another injury problem this preseason, nursing a left knee issue. Injuries have plagued Kolb during his time with the Arizona Cardinals. Kolb reportedly injured his knee last week after tripping on some mats on the Bills practice field. Kolb will dress but will only see action in an emergency situation.
There is no clear cut starter for the Bills in week one. This setback for Kolb will hinder his progression and obviously benefit Manuel with additional playing time. Buffalo has an additional rookie quarterback on the roster, Jeff Tuel out of Washington State.
Marrone ran a fast-paced, high octane offense while at Syracuse and is expected to bring an up tempo back back to Buffalo, a city which watched the Bills run a quick moving offense in the 1990′s with Jim Kelly under center. Manuel is a highly mobile quarterback and it will be interesting to see him line up with RB C.J. Spiller in the backfield.