Beat: Bills' QB competition is "a dead issue"

Joe Buscaglia, WGR 550 - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact: 

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.

Filed Under: 2013, Preseason