USA TODAY Ranks Bills QBs 31st in league

The Buffalo Bills have enough talent to make a playoff run in 2015. The one thing that could hold them back is the quarterback position. USA TODAY Sports recently ranked the QBs throughout the NFL and the Bills landed near the bottom.

USA TODAY Sports generated a list of the best and worst quarterback situations in the NFL. Buffalo Bills fans can safely assume that the publication put Buffalo towards the bottom of their list. How low were the Bills? Only the New York Jets were listed lower than the Bills on their list. Here is what Chris Chase of USA TODAY Sports had to say on the Bills:

Making this list has led to one incontrovertible truth: There are a lot of crappy quarterbacks in the NFL. Like, a lot! Not that I’m ever looking for anyone to get fired, but how does a general manager go into a season with a combination of Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel as the quarterback depth chart, with Manuel being a former first-round pick? I mean, you know it’s bad when your own GM says the team is almost in “quarterback purgatory” as the Bills’ Doug Whaley said, as if he wasn’t partially/mostly responsible for putting them there.

To be fair to GM Doug Whaley, he’s done a nice job of building a dominant defense and he’s added many offensive playmakers in the last two seasons. LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Charles Clay, MarQueis Gray and Jerome Felton will certainly make like easier for whoever wins the quarterback competition.

The Bills lack a proven franchise quarterback, but you could certainly argue that there is more overall talent at this position this year after Kyle Orton and EJ Manuel led Buffalo to a 9-7 record. Matt Cassel has been able manage offenses in the past and that may be all the Bills need. Tyrod Taylor has looked strong in the preseason as a passer and runner. He never had an opportunity to play in Baltimore behind Joe Flacco, but the Ravens trusted him as their backup for a few seasons and his former head coach believed he had a lot of talent.

Manuel has seen most of his preseason time with the third team offense but he has also done well on the field. He’ll be fine as a third option if that is where he finishes in the competition.

Chase took Whaley’s “quarterback purgatory” comment out of context. Whaley was simply stating that the Bills probably won’t be able to get a top quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft because they’re too talented of a team to finish with a bad record. Whaley was simply showing confidence in the roster he built.

On paper, Buffalo’s quarterbacks are certainly toward the bottom of the league. Luckily for the Bills, games aren’t played on paper. Taylor, Cassel or even Manuel could surprise some folks (including Chase) in 2015. 


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Manuel has seen most of his preseason time with the third team offense but he has also done well on the field. He’ll be fine as a third option if that is where he finishes in the competition.

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Chase took Whaley’s “quarterback purgatory” comment out of context. Whaley was simply stating that the Bills probably won’t be able to get a top quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft because they’re too talented of a team to finish with a bad record. Whaley was simply showing confidence in the roster he built.

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On paper, Buffalo’s quarterbacks are certainly toward the bottom of the league. Luckily for the Bills, games aren’t played on paper. Taylor, Cassel or even Manuel could surprise some folks (including Chase) in 2015. 

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USA TODAY Sports generated a list of the best and worst quarterback situations in the NFL. Buffalo Bills fans can safely assume that the publication put Buffalo towards the bottom of their list. How low were the Bills? Only the New York Jets were listed lower than the Bills on their list. Here is what Chris Chase of USA TODAY Sports had to say on the Bills:

Making this list has led to one incontrovertible truth: There are a lot of crappy quarterbacks in the NFL. Like, a lot! Not that I’m ever looking for anyone to get fired, but how does a general manager go into a season with a combination of Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel as the quarterback depth chart, with Manuel being a former first-round pick? I mean, you know it’s bad when your own GM says the team is almost in “quarterback purgatory” as the Bills’ Doug Whaley said, as if he wasn’t partially/mostly responsible for putting them there.

To be fair to GM Doug Whaley, he’s done a nice job of building a dominant defense and he’s added many offensive playmakers in the last two seasons. LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Charles Clay, MarQueis Gray and Jerome Felton will certainly make like easier for whoever wins the quarterback competition.

The Bills lack a proven franchise quarterback, but you could certainly argue that there is more overall talent at this position this year after Kyle Orton and EJ Manuel led Buffalo to a 9-7 record. Matt Cassel has been able manage offenses in the past and that may be all the Bills need. Tyrod Taylor has looked strong in the preseason as a passer and runner. He never had an opportunity to play in Baltimore behind Joe Flacco, but the Ravens trusted him as their backup for a few seasons and his former head coach believed he had a lot of talent.

#Bills practice on @nflnetwork, they’re talking about Tyrod Taylor. Harbaugh once swore to me he’s better than anyone thinks. Got a chance

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 1, 2015

Manuel has seen most of his preseason time with the third team offense but he has also done well on the field. He’ll be fine as a third option if that is where he finishes in the competition.

Chase took Whaley’s “quarterback purgatory” comment out of context. Whaley was simply stating that the Bills probably won’t be able to get a top quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft because they’re too talented of a team to finish with a bad record. Whaley was simply showing confidence in the roster he built.

On paper, Buffalo’s quarterbacks are certainly toward the bottom of the league. Luckily for the Bills, games aren’t played on paper. Taylor, Cassel or even Manuel could surprise some folks (including Chase) in 2015. 

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