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Doug Whaley on Bills draft: 'Besides QB, we could go with any position'


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills have personnel issues all over the place, but they don't believe EJ Manuel is one of them.

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said today he will consider every position except quarterback with the ninth overall draft pick.

"With the way our roster's set up right now, besides quarterback, we could go with any position," Whaley said. "We want competition, and competition, like I've always said, brings out the best in people, and it adds depth.

"We could go either way across the board. To stack the board, that makes it that much more appealing because you're not pushing anybody up just because of need."

But the Bills apparently aren't too interested in adding competition for Manuel, last year's first-round pick.

Whaley said veteran backup Kevin Kolb's status remains cloudy because of last year's concussion. Kolb needs to be medically cleared to return before the Bills make a roster move.

Asked about addressing the depth chart behind Manuel and beyond Kolb, Whaley left the door open for exploring another quarterback. But the GM endorsed Thad Lewis' return in the backup role.

"We're very happy with Thad Lewis," Whaley said. "One of the things that Russ Brandon said that John Butler always told him is, 'In your backup quarterback, you want a guy to go .500.' Now, he went 2-3. Is that good enough? Obviously not. You'd rather him go 5-0.

"But we're very comfortable with him, and then we have Dennis Dixon and Jeff Tuel. So we have some competition there, but like any position, if we see someone out there that we think can help us and get us better, we won't hesitate to investigate."

  • rome middlesex

    TY so much for putting this up ty..... lol this should be the cover page for his resignation file

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