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Chase Daniel has served as a backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans since 2009. Drew Brees has had a close relationship with new Bills coach Doug Marrone, who called the plays for the Saints for a few seasons before heading off to Syracuse.
This means that Daniel has worked closely with Brees for years and has had an up-close look at how Brees works to be an elite quarterback and probable Hall of Famer. Since Marrone already knows a lot about Brees and how he prepares, he should have an accurate indication as to how Daniel will prepare and play.
Daniel has won a Super Bowl with New Orleans, backed up Brees as he threw for two consecutive 5,000-yard seasons and watched Brees throw a touchdown in a record 52 straight games. All of this up-close learning and individual working with Brees should benefit Daniel and make him ready to advance in his career elsewhere.
And Buffalo should be his destination.
His college career was loaded with accolades and awards, and he has been trained by one of the game's best players for four seasons. Daniel himself thinks he is ready to start in the league, having the confidence needed to lead an NFL team.
Backups for elite quarterbacks have gone on to star elsewhere in the past: Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay and went on to win playoff games with other franchises.
At the very least, Daniel would serve as an above-average backup. He has proven to be a winner in college and has only gotten better by learning from Brees day in and day out. Marrone should already have an idea of what Daniel can do, and the Bills are in dire need of a franchise quarterback.
Daniel is a cheap sign and has a huge upside.
At the very best, he becomes the Bills' starter and thrives with it. At the very least, he is a backup.
However, this acquisition won't cost the Bills much. And for this upside, adding Daniel would be a smart move by the organization.