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Will EJ Manuel impress enough to start in Week 1?
Who is going to start in Week 1? That is the biggest question on the mind of Bills fans as training camp begins.
Back in April, the Bills handed Kevin Kolb a two-year contract for what appeared to be a stopgap role as the quarterback for 2013-14. Later that month, however, the organization shocked the world by making EJ Manuel the first QB selected in the 2013 draft. Cue the competition.
In OTAs, Manuel spent a lot of time as the third-string QB, getting less reps than both Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson, who was later cut. Now, he'll get 50 percent of the reps at training camp and every chance to show that he should lead the team right away.
That's the background information, but everyone wants to know who's going to win. If you want my take, I think Kolb is going to win the job. Most fans groan upon hearing that news, but I think he should be given a fair shake and Manuel should be given more time to develop, a la Colin Kaepernick.
No one will argue that Kolb is the answer as the Bills' franchise quarterback, but he led the Cardinals to a 4-2 start last year behind a miserable offensive line. Also, his touchdown to interception ratio was a very respectable 8:3. With a much better offensive line and a variety of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, Kolb may be able to surprise some fans in September and beyond.