E.J. Manuel will need to earn the Bills starting quarterback job

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley was a guest on PFT Live and made it clear that rookie E.J. Manuel not be handed the starting quarterback job.

“I think what we decided, and I think [Marrone] promotes it, is competition throughout the whole team,” Whaley said, via ProFootballTalk.com.  “And I will throw in those three guys in there and see the competition makes everybody rise to the occasion and whoever takes the bull by the horns and wins the job that will be our guy and we will rally behind him and go into the season and expect for the best.”

Whaley doesn’t believe in putting too much pressure on Manuel during rookie year.

“I think what we’re going to do is, we’re going to do what’s right and necessary to accomplish our goal,” Whaley said.  “And if EJ is the guy, we’re going with EJ.  If it’s Kevin Kolb, it’s Kevin Kolb.  Or Tarvaris Jackson.  I think once you start putting undue pressure on people then expectations are risen and I think it hampers the ability of the player to achieve his utmost ability.”

Even if Manuel isn’t the Bills starter for their season opener, I believe he’ll get the job at some point during the year.


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