Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:39am
Saturday, Palmer completed all five pass attempts. Stanton was 11 for 17, and rookie Logan Thomas was 11 for 12. Palmer has said how much he enjoys this locker room because it lacks drama. That's especially true of the quarterback position.
Think back to recent Cardinals locker rooms. Uncertainty at the position found players quietly picking sides. And a coaching staff's inability to help a quarterback's development left some players second-guessing leadership.
Remember the preseason of 2010, when then coach Ken Whisenhunt released Matt Leinart eight days before the first game? That left Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall to combine for a 5-11 record.
How about 2012? Whisenhunt opened up the competition, and Skelton won the job over Kevin Kolb. Skelton got hurt and Kolb took over. Kolb played well but was injured, and Skelton was back leading the charge.
The Cards have some stability at QB, but if Palmer would miss time, the talent around him, like WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, would take at least a bit of a hit in fantasy value. For now with Palmer, these are pretty good WRs to target in your second tier after the studs are drafted.
Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:10pm
The tweet added that Kolb didn't do well post-game answering questions like "where are you" and "what's your name." This explains the Bills QB shopping spree on Sunday, signing free agent Matt Leinart and trading for Lions' Thaddeus Lewis. Looks like, if ready, the Bills QB job is now E.J. Manuel’s going forward.
The Bills are hoping not to use Leinart and that E.J. Manuel will be ready Week 1. But if he's not, Leinart likely plays since Kevin Kolb may not be cleared from his concussion. There wouldn't be a lot of reason to sign and play Leinart in Week 1 of your fantasy season...
EJ Manuel is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason , but Bills HC Doug Marrone is holding out hope that the Bills top draft choice can be ready to practice the week leading up to the season opener against New England.
“That’s what I’m hoping for,” said Marrone. “He had the procedure done and he was with us on the field the other day just watching and observing. I think we just have to wait until that period where the doctor looks at him and says, ‘Here’s where we are.’ Because people recover so differently from minor stuff.”
He almost has to be ready... With Kevin Kolb having a concussion, the Bills would have to turn to either Jeff Tuel or a free agent. Both Matt Leinart and John Beck are expected to workout for the team.
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 8:38pm
Manuel looked primed to win the Bills' QB competition. Now Kevin Kolb will have a chance to get a ton of reps in Manuel's absence. It sounds as if this procedure on the knee may be a scope, which usually keeps athletes out 2-4 weeks. After the procedure, the team didn't lay out a timetable for Manuel's return, but he'll likely be day-to-day as camp winds down, leaving it open that he can still win the job. He's been the better option in camp so far.
Make whichever argument you'd like in favor of Kevin Kolb. "It was only his first game!" "He was going up against the first team of a good defense!" "He's just coming off an injury!" It really doesn't matter, because in the opinion of many (including your author) the competition to be the Week One starter for the Bills is now a dead issue. Kolb was indecisive, didn't take many chances down the field and missed many of his intermediate targets. His stats, 13-of-21 for 111 yards and an interception make it sound a little better than his day was, but Kolb did himself no favors. Couple that with E.J. Manuel's drive to begin the second half where he went 6-of-6 including a touchdown toss to Brad Smith, and the conclusion for many is consistent: the rookie needs to be named the starter this year. He's the best man for the job and has outperformed Kolb throughout training camp and now in an individual preseason game.
Manuel has some potential in fantasy circles, but the Bills figure to be run-heavy behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. If Manuel shows he's capable, they will open up the passing game as the season wears on.
EJ Manuel had another strong practice following a strong overall showing in Sunday's preseason debut, Kevin Kolb fiddled with a brace on his injured leg and still might have to miss another week of game time, and the decision on the Buffalo Bills' Week 1 starter may prove to be one of the least complicated decisions rookie coach Doug Marrone will have to make.
Manuel was able to execute a decent two-minute offense, albeit against back-ups, in Buffalo's thrashing of the Colts over the weekend and he sprayed the ball around nicely at practice against today at St. John Fisher College.
La Canfora thinks the competition could already be over with Kolb continuing to miss valuable time in what was supposed to be a battle to be the starter. Manuel brings much more fantasy potential to the position. We already had him ranked ahead of Kolb, but neither QB is getting drafted in typical leagues. If Manuel wins the job, he has the potential to be a sneaky late-round pick with his ability to add points on the ground.
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 9:08am
Johnson is expected to miss most of the preseason but it will be interesting to watch the younger receivers, along with Johnson if he does play. They will likely only be as good as whoever is throwing them the ball between Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel.
Kevin Kolb has done little to cement the starting job and Manuel has looked calm in his first training camp. Without Kolb on the field, however, the ability to compare the two was not an option on Sunday. Due to that fact, Manuel's negative plays are a bit amplified and he'll be looking to come out stronger on Monday.
Manuel threw three picks in practice Sunday, but two were deflections and one was an incredible catch. Kolb has the experience edge, but he hasn't been all that successful in the league that it would prevent the Bills from throwing Manuel right out there as the starter. Manuel has the edge in fantasy potential for sure, but even if he's named the starter he should only a low-end QB2 at best, until we see more. Preseason games should give us a better indication as well.
Sounds like a good way to tear cartilage or sprain the knee. He's considered "day to day." Not good for Kolb, though it boosts E.J. Manuel's chances of winning the starting job.
Bills WR Steve Johnson just went down injured. Looks like a hamstring injury.
Update: Johnson does not have a tear in the hamstring, which is good news, but he's expected to miss most of the preseason as he heals. It's a bad sign given the current state of the Bills' QB position. Johnson needs all the reps he can get with E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb.
Johnson is a player who seems to be constantly nicked up, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons. Hopefully, this isn't severe, though it is likely to push his ADP down into the 8th round.
Steve Johnson, the Bills' No. 1 receiver, is seeing most of his work at an inside position in the slot this summer. That's a big change. Johnson worked almost exclusively at the outside, X-receiver spot, in catching more than 1,000-yards in passes each of the past three seasons.
The Bills have more outside receiving options this season. It looks like they're going to have the luxury of playing Johnson mostly inside, where his separation ability could be a huge asset to the passing game.
“It's easy money,” says Johnson, because he has more room to go in either direction from the slot.
The only reservation we have about Johnson is his QB situation. He had a nice rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick and is now splitting reps with Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel. Consider him a solid WR3 in PPR formats with a move to the slot.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 4:17pm
Kevin Kolb got the majority of the snaps at quarterback during the team's first training camp practice in pads today.
Manuel arguably threw the ball better than Kolb, although the veteran probably saw more blitzes than the rookie. Kolb underthrew an open Stevie Johnson on a deep ball, got a pass intercepted by Stephon Gilmore on a throw-away down the sideline and had near pickoffs by Gilmore and T.J. Heath. He also beat the blitz with a good quick throw to C.J. Spiller.
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