Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone insisted that there will be an open competition at the quarterback position, and bringing in undrafted quarterback Jeff Tuel affirms that. Tuel played in 31 games for the Washington State University Cougars, and while his numbers won’t make a person’s jaw drop, he has the size NFL teams want at 6′ 3″ 221 lbs.
Besides the size, Tuel has completed almost 62 percent of his passes in his college career against some of the most aggressive secondaries in college football even without the best of wide receivers. His football intelligence is drastically underrated due to the aforementioned lack of offensive talent around him. With the influx of talent the Bills have brought in, Tuel could possibly unseat current third string quarterback Tavaris Jackson who was brought in last year but never used under former coach Chan Gailey. Additionally with Brad Smith likely getting the axe as well, the odds of Tuel making this team get more and more likely. This could be similar to what the Dallas Cowboys did with Tony Romo. By bringing him along slowly, maybe in two or three years if he develops into a solid backup quarterback for E.J. Manuel the Bills could trade him off and get a solid draft pick in return. Tuel has an athletic pedigree as his uncle played football and grandfather played baseball at the college level. He has that going for him as well, and that’s never a bad thing to have on your side. All in all, Jeff Tuel could very well be part of the final 53 of the Buffalo Bills come this September.