New QB enters fray

Just in case Bills fans are going to miss the pleasant element of a former Jacksonville backup quarterback on their roster, the team is interested in unrestricted Jaguars passer Jonathan Quinn. Quinn was named 2001 World Bowl MVP by leading the Berlin Thunder to a come-from-behind 24-17 victory over the Barcelona Dragons. He was 25 for 38 for 308 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He's 6'6", 239 pounds – though in college he was listed at 6'4".

Obviously, he's still growing.

Quinn started one game for the Jags last year – a 20-7 loss to Pittsburgh. He was 17 of 31 for 225 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked five times and fumbled three times. It wasn't a command performance.

Out of Middle Tennessee State, Quinn was a 1998 third-round pick (86th overall) of Jacksonville's. Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf and Charlie Batch were the only quarterbacks selected ahead of him.

This is what CBS Sportsline wrote on Quinn in 1998: "Quinn has excellent size and stature, possesses a strong arm and has above-average agility and movement skills for his size.

Scouts were very impressed with his testing results at the Scouting Combine last February. However, due to his inexperience, he still makes some poor decisions and can be an erratic passer. And, while improved, he needs to do a better job of avoiding the rush and find his secondary receivers.

While very raw and inexperienced, scouts like Quinn's size, arm strength and intangibles and feel with more development he could turn into an NFL caliber signal caller within a few years …"

Bringing Quinn into the mix as a quarterback possibility could be a bargaining tool for Tom Donahoe, who is also interested in 31-year-old Jeff Blake, whom the Saints cut last week. It's always good to have options in a negotiation …

Of course, Buffalo can always go after Rob Johnson.


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