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Buffalo Bills news, 8/28: quarterbacks still dominate the conversation

The quarterback position is still the most hotly discussed topic in Buffalo - much as it has been since the season ended.

Christian Petersen

Bills not likely to carry five quarterbacks on the 53-man roster | ProFootballTalk
"Regardless, the Bill will need to keep one of the two to serve as the backup to Jeff Tuel in Week One, if Manuel isn’t 100 percent. That means the Bills will have at least four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, unless they remove Kolb from it."

Jeff Tuel Time: What to expect from the Buffalo Bills rookie QB -
"NFL Network analysts LaDainian Tomlinson and Willie McGinest explain what can reasonably be expected from Buffalo Bills undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel."

Time is short for Bills new QBs -
"With only three full practices under their belts both Matt Leinart and Thad Lewis are expected to work with a reduced package of plays when they face the Lions."

Manuel's Progress Will Determine Status - WGR 550
"I think there's two things you look at. 'A,' the number of time he needs to go and play, and then 'B,' the number of days for preparation," Marrone started. "So I think that, to give an example, if we were playing New England -- obviously we are the first week -- and the doctors said you're not gonna get him on the field until Thursday and then he'll be ready to play on Sunday, I would be concerned about doing that."

Bills' Butler Getting First-team Reps At Corner - WGR 550
"Both he and [Justin] Rogers have had some injuries during camp. We know that when we see them play in the games both those players have played well recently," Head Coach Doug Marrone said after practice. "I think both those players right now we're looking at, along with [T.J.] Heath still in the mix, with that cornerback position to see how they do. Both players played well in the last two weeks -- Rogers and Butler."

Doug Marrone coping with 'Welcome to the NFL' moment - The Buffalo News
"Now, you don't like to deal with it, but it is what it is. We're seeing a lot from the coaches and the players of how we deal with this type of adversity. Right now, it's been good. We went out there today and really had a good practice. Now it'll be interesting when we start going in to the season and the first week and how players do."

Erik Pears nails down starting right tackle job - The Buffalo News
"Outstanding. He really has. I’ve seen him really make a jump, especially recent days," Marrone said. "He gets a lot of great work. Obviously going against Mario and the defensive ends on our team, I think that he’s really upped his production from what you’ve seen when he’s played here in the past. I really think he’s going about it as a pro, he works extremely hard."

Bills notebook: Marrone says practices will tell Manuel’s fate - The Buffalo News
"Right now, he’s telling me he’s ready to go, but obviously he’s not," Marrone said. "That’s the mentality of EJ. I’m excited about it; I’ve watched him do footwork drills and cones. I’ve watched him ride a bike. You talk to the kid and you’d think he’s starting on Thursday" in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions."

'Humbled’ Leinart feels ready to help Bills - The Buffalo News
"I know I’ve still got a lot of football left in me," he said, "and this business, as you guys all know, is as crazy as it can be – especially at the quarterback position. You just never know what can happen. So my main focus was to just keep my head down and keep working and keep chipping away and hope for an opportunity. That’s all you can do."

Buffalo Bills look to bench to replace Stephon Gilmore | Democrat and Chronicle
"There was always going to be a fear that the other cornerback, Leodis McKelvin, would be vulnerable, but it was a risk Pettine likely would have taken. Now, with both sides questionable, the Bills may have to alter some of their schemes."

Get to know Buffalo Bills' expected Week 1 starting QB Jeff Tuel - FOX Sports
"The Bills were consistent and he signed with the Bills within minutes of the draft ending. Our family and friends went out for a celebratory evening with dinner, drinks and dancing."

New-look Buffalo Bills still a work in progress - Yahoo! Sports
John Wawrow's AP season preview.

Buffalo Bills 2013 preview: CJ Spiller will be the focal point of the team's offense - FOX Sports
"The 2013 NFL regular season is right around the corner. With that being said, it's time to launch our team previews. contributor Taylor Jones will answer important questions for every franchise."

2013 NFL season preview: Buffalo Bills -
"Granted, this is a team in a rebuilding state, but they captured my imagination during my camp visit. EJ Manuel has a chance to have a rookie season like the guys from the class of 2012. He prepares like Russell Wilson and has natural leadership skills. His teammates have already decided to follow his lead and the fans are very excited about him."