Are the Buffalo Bills Making the Right Decision By Starting E.J. Manuel in Week 1?

By Dan Parzych


E.J. Manuel
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It’s been an interesting last couple of weeks for the Buffalo Bills when it comes to the quarterback position as the original battle between E.J. Manuel (knee injury) and Kevin Kolb (head injury) all of a sudden turned into Jeff Tuel starting Week 1 against the New England Patriots thanks to unexpected injuries. Now, it looks like the Bills will be going with their first-round pick at quarterback after all for Sunday’s game against the Pats.

Manuel will reportedly make the start for Buffalo at quarterback–which will obviously draw some concern over whether or not the team is rushing him back to the field. Even if his surgery was a minor one, the knee is a type of injury that players need to be extra cautious about, but after running numerous tests throughout the week–it appears the Bills are confident enough in their quarterback being just fine.

Of course, Manuel will certainly have his work cut out for him against a Patriots team that is considered the early favorite to win the AFC East title. As of now, all signs point to Buffalo going through another rebuilding season as Manuel will most likely deal with the typical rookie struggles, but as the last couple of years have shown in the NFL–anything is possible when it comes to rookie quarterbacks.

There was plenty of controversy surrounding the Bills using a first-round pick on Manuel back in April–so it will be interesting to see how things play out once Sunday rolls around.

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