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Bills underscore their satisfaction at QB


The Buffalo Bills did not draft a quarterback.

And they don't plan to add another one in free agency.

After the Bills made their final draft choice tonight, GM Doug Whaley reiterated what he told me in March at the NFL owners meetings.

The Bills are set at quarterback.

"Never say never," Whaley said at tonight's draft wrapup news conference. "You never know what's going to happen. Somebody might get hurt in OTAs.

"But at this time we're very confident in the guys we have on campus."

The Bills have brought back all four of last year's quarterbacks: EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis, Jeff Tuel and Dennis Dixon.

Whaley claimed those quarterbacks will be plenty competitive throughout the offseason and emphasized they are entering the second year of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's system. A new quarterback would be coming in cold.

"A backup should keep you .500," Whaley said. "Thad came in and got us close, 2-3. We're excited about that.

"Jeff Tuel came in and played against Kansas City, did some good things and made some mistakes. But we were cognizant of the fact he was an undrafted, college, free-agent rookie. So we expected him to make some mistakes.

"Dennis Dixon's been in the league for a while, and he brings a skill set that will complement what we're trying to do offensively."

Fourteen teams drafted a quarterback over the past three days.

  • AJ

    After watching EJ last season how can management possibly think they are set at QB? He looks more like a huge question mark to me. Considering the timing of not resigning Byrd, Ralph passing away, and now this "all in" attitude, it seems it has more to do with a few guys gambling the franchise and its direction for the next 3-4 years in an attempt to save their jobs than actually thinking EJ is a franchise QB.

    • WHAT?

      I think they were sold by the fact that EJ brought them from behind to win in a couple of games, something not seen in a Bills QB in a long time. The mistakes he made appear to be fixable ones. Yes, the jury is still out, but I can understand how they are seeing what they want to see.

  • Ricky Smith

    I just don't get it,,Ej has a great frame and defiantly healthy can be good,, I also believe Watkins is a Monster ...awsome.. However EJ was hurt 3x last year.. HE GOT HURT EVERY GAME and was playing with a injury from prese season till wk 17.... Two different knees and ribs,,, Thad was hurt at the same time we started a UNDRAFTED QB,,,, Thad Lewis to me is 3rd string at best .... Detroit's scraps... AJ McCarran was around at 5th rd,,and you don't even think about it..along with several decent QBs late..Blows my mind ,,I just don't understand the mentality not have at a Key position Covered as well as competitively challenged ,,, EJ guarantee is NO GUERENTEE. ..For sakes Cleveland has a starter QB and back up as Johnny Football,, hell the Patriots have Brady and drafted a QB we are happy with THAD LEWIS and a Rookie who was hurt 3 x last year and forget the fact that we had 2x back ups go down... Before season started.. last year and was forced during the year to get Thad Lewis ..BLOWS my mine the talent at QB late in the DRFT 5th -4th rd and we go with no one...I can tell you this if what happened last year and we have EJ then Thad and some UNKNOWN and of Course UNDRAFTY in there ,, and we again are the laughing stock of the NFL without a QB MORONE should be gone ...NO QUESTIONS asked... Revolver one bullet great way to coach....

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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