If a team loses their starting quarterback for an extended period of time, their season is generally over. Look no further than the Dallas Cowboys one season ago. After starting 2-0 with Tony Romo, Dallas went 2-12 the rest of the way.
In 2015 the Buffalo Bills didn't lose their starting QB for a long period of time, but they needed EJ Manuel to start two games. Buffalo went 0-2 in those contests and Manuel's three turnovers, which led to three touchdowns for the Jaguars, in his second start proved costly despite a late game comeback.
Recently, Buffalo Football Report discussed quarterback depth as one of four offensive areas of concern for the Bills and some readers were vocal about Manuel being one of the league's better backups. Where Manuel ranks in terms of best backup QBs is up to debate, but we can look at where Manuel ranks in terms of experience.
Projected Backup Quarterbacks
Here are the 32 projected No. 2 quarterbacks, based on the depth charts at Ourlads.com. Please note that Buffalo Football Report does not necessarily agree with the projected backups from Ourlads.
|San Francisco||Colin Kaepernick||28||47||1,361|
|San Diego||Kellen Clemens||33||21||629|
|Tampa Bay||Mike Glennon||26||18||619|
|New Orleans||Luke McCown||34||10||356|
|New England||Jimmy Garoppolo||24||0||31|
|N.Y. Giants||Ryan Nassib||26||0||10|
|N.Y. Jets||Bryce Petty||25||0||0|
|Kansas City||Aaron Murray||25||0||0|
|Green Bay||Brett Hundley||23||0||0|
|Seattle||Trevone Boykin (R)||22||0||0|
|St. Louis||Jared Goff (R)||21||0||0|
When it comes to experience, Manuel is right in the middle of the pack among backups. His 521 attempts are the 14th most in the league entering the season.
Again, where Manuel actually ranks among these players is up to debate, but when it comes to live game action, Buffalo is better off than many teams in the backup quarterback department.