NFL Season Preview: Buffalo Bills Will Try To Jump Start Franchise With New QB
The Buffalo Bills took the signal caller they believe will be their franchise QB they have been missing for years in EJ Manuel in the first round of this years draft. It was a shock to the as many viewed it as a stretch with a better candidate available in Geno Smith. Still props to the Bills for pulling the trigger and getting the guy they wanted, Manuel has all the talents teams look for in a QB and will probably start mid-season or later.
Behind wide receiver Steve Johnson the Buffalo Bills had just about nothing so they grabbed USC Robert Woods in the second round of the draft and Marquise Goodwin from Texas in the third round. Going defense with their other second round pick they grabbed Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso who is really good at stopping the run.
In free agency the Bills lost linebacker Nick Barnett, guard Andy Levitre, wide receiver David Nelson, and cut QB Ryan Fitzpaterick who was picked up by the Titans. They replaced those losses via free agency and with the production of the three could have very well upgraded the positions with their draft selections.
They also grabbed former Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch, former Bengals Manny Lawson, grabbed Kevin Kolb from the Cardinals, and signed a laundry list of their role playing free agents. It looks as if Kolb will start the season as the starting QB with EJ Manuel on the third team in OTA’s just learning the system.
The Buffalo Bills look like they will be fighting the NY Jets to try and stay out of the basement of the AFC East yet again in 2013. They just do not have the talent to compete at even and 8-8 level, and it will remain to be seen if they are headed in the right direction with the selection of rookie QB EJ Manuel. They do have some good skill position players on offense in running back C.J. Spiller and wide receiver Steve Johnson, so if they can get a QB playing well on this team they will be competitive.
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