With the 16th pick in the first round of the 2013 Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Florida State Quarterback E.J. Manuel. Manuel was expected to fight for the job with veteran Quarterback Kevin Kolb. Manuel shined during his first pre-season game, and Bills fans were actually excited about their future. After their first pre-season game, Manuel had to undergo an operation to remove fluid from his knee and was ruled out for the remainder of the pre-season. So the Bills had to look to Kevin Kolb, who has made his career getting hit a little too hard and sustaining lengthy concussions. Three days ago, Kolb went down with a severe concussion, which some doctors are speculating that it could be career ending. So with both QB’s down and out, who would first year coach Doug Marrone decide to be the starting QB if Manuel isn’t ready to play. Well yesterday, Marrone named his starting QB.
His name is Jeff Tuel, and he is an undrafted rookie from Boca Raton, Florida. Tuel, (pronouced TOOL) will be the first undrafted rookie to start week one. The last NFL undrafted QB to start week one was Dieter Brock, who threw the pigskin for the Los Angeles Rams back in 1985. Tuel went to Washington St. as a Psychology major and was expected to be the 3rd string QB for the Bills. Now Tuel will be leading the Bills against the Patriots on week one of the NFL season.
As Yahoo Sports confirms, Tuel initially worked out for the Patriots, but ultimately the Patriots decided that Tim Tebow would be their man.
Check out some of Jeff Tuel’s highlights against the Colts this pre-season. He actually looked pretty good!
Can Tuel make an impact? Maybe if he has a strong showing, the Bills might just want to stick with Tuel, or maybe Tuel could land a starting job elsewhere. While I’m thinking about the future, Tuel should be focused on the present and just play it day by day. It should be interesting to see what lies for Jeff Tuel.