Jeff Tuel starting for Buffalo Bills is a blessing in disguise

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Jeff Tuel
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Barring a last-minute E.J. Manuel comeback from a knee injury, the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season will be undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.

While some may see this as a death sentence for the Bills’ season-opening showdown with the New England Patriots, Tuel starting will prove to be a blessing in disguise for Buffalo.

Despite his standing as an undrafted rookie out of Washington State, Tuel is a talented passer capable of efficiently leading the Buffalo offense. Just take a glance back at the Bills’ preseason opener and you’ll see a quarterback who looks cool and confident in the pocket. He completed 19 of his 23 passes that game for 212 yards and two touchdowns, earning himself a 134.1 passer rating.

Look even deeper and you see a tuned-in passer who couldn’t be flustered. Of Tuel’s four incompletions, one was batted down at the line, two were dropped and one was smartly thrown through the back of the end zone. That was about as perfect of a performance as you can ask for from an undrafted rookie in his first NFL outing.

Now it is true that his third preseason performance wasn’t as pretty. Against the Washington Redskins, Tuel completed 10 of his 17 attempts for 64 yards, compiling a much less impressive 66.8 passer rating.

Still, the former Cougar appears primed to surprise if he does start for the Bills in Week 1.

Tuel was one of the best quarterbacks in the preseason when under pressure, showed impeccable accuracy and possesses the wheels to be a factor on the ground as well. While he might not be Manuel, he’s a better option than a healthy Kevin Kolb would have been and will be far from a disappointment.

Looking for a sleeper quarterback for your fantasy team? Give Tuel a look.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Content Planner for Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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