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Pat White, Dennis Dixon working out for Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are hand-picking athletic quarterbacks for workouts in their efforts to replace EJ Manuel in the starting lineup for the next month-plus.

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The Buffalo Bills have some interest in free agent quarterback Josh Freeman, but they're working out two other names first in their quest to replace EJ Manuel for the next month or more: Pat White and Dennis Dixonaccording to several reports.

Dixon, an Oregon product and a former fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has closer ties to the Bills organization thanks to the presence of GM Doug Whaley, who was in Pittsburgh when the Steelers drafted Dixon in 2008. In his six-year career, Dixon has appeared in just four games. He spent the 2013 preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles and his former college coach, Chip Kelly, where he completed 10-of-16 passes for 61 yards and ran for 35 yards on six carries in two exhibition appearances.

White, like Dixon, is an athletic quarterback with the requisite running ability to keep the read-option elements of Buffalo's No. 2-ranked rushing attack alive in Manuel's absence. A former second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2009, White spent the 2013 preseason with the Washington Redskins. In four exhibition appearances, White completed 28-of-50 passes for 330 yards with two interceptions, and also ran for three touchdowns and 103 yards on 19 carries. He appeared in 13 games as a rookie with Miami, but hasn't played in regular season action since.

Per reports, White and Dixon had workouts scheduled with the Bills on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, the Bills remain tied to the ongoing Freeman story, as one of several teams interested in signing the former first-round pick in Tampa Bay. Right now, however, they appear to be on the outside looking in for his services.