The Buffalo Bills announced this morning that rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will get the start in week one against the New England Patriots. The question is at this point, will it matter. Many pundits thought that the Bills really reached to select Manuel in the first round and his performance in the preseason came with mixed reviews. Manuel has the physical tools that NFL teams are looking for but was very inconsistent while in college at Florida State.
Manuel underwent a knee procedure prior to the end of training camp and that prompted the Bills to start looking at other quarterbacks to staff the roster with. Free agent acquisition Kevin Kolb suffered yet another concussion and his career is likely done in the NFL.
Last week, it was believed that fellow rookie Jeff Tuel would get the starting nod against the Patriots in week one. Kolb has been placed on season ending IR and will not see action this season, or likely ever again in the NFL.
So, Buffalo rolls into the 2013 season with two rookies at the quarterback position. Hopefully, the Bills are not rushing Manuel back into the mix too soon after his knee injury. He did show some explosive sparks in the preseason.
Which rookie quarterback gets the starting nod, or playing time, does not matter. The rebuilding Buffalo Bills will have to overcome a lot of obstacles to defeat the New England Patriots in the season opener. It might be better to Manuel rest another week or two if he truly is the quarterback of the future for the Bills. This is not a playoff team this season.