The Bills must really be serious about new QB E.J. Manuel, as Monday they dumped one of their other veteran QB’s, that being Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson had a short, but strange tenure with the Bills that lasted less than a calendar year.
The veteran QB was originally acquired via trade with Seattle for a seventh-round pick last September as an insurance policy at quarterback, but never took the field in the regular season.
He re-signed this offseason under new head coach Doug Marrone with the opportunity to compete for the starting job. But just over a month into offseason practices the Bills have decided to reduce their quarterback count from four to three.
Bills Rookie wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers received a talking-to from coach Doug Marrone during Friday’s practice, Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo New reports.
Rogers made an outstanding catch on a 15-yard pass from EJ Manuel. Rogers used his big body to outfight cornerback Ron Brooks for the ball. But then he stood for a moment over Brooks, who had gone to the ground. Marrone came over and talked to Rogers.
“The thing that concerned me — and I addressed it with him right after he made a very good catch, then he kind of stood there over a player, and that’s a 15-yard penalty — that’s not what being a pro is, and that’s not playing like a Buffalo Bill,” Marrone said.
“I told him, ‘Is this going to be something we’re going to have to be concerned about with handling any type of success from you?’ That’s what I told him. I looked at him in his eye, and he understood that. And it’s good to end on a good note cuz now you’re excited to see what he can do when we come back to the mandatory minicamps.”
To say that the comment is odd is obvious. The hope that it comes true is one that all Bills fans are hoping for.
The comment in question came from Bills coach Doug Marrone, who claimed that he couldn’t be happier with rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and says he is the best rookie he has ever coached.
“From my standpoint … EJ Manuel has done better [as a rookie] than any of the other organizations I’ve been a part of,” Marrone said after Friday’s practice, via the team’s official website.
He’s in his first season with the Bills, but Marrone spent seven seasons as an assistant with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints before a stint at Syracuse.
Marrone’s latest comments are a contrast from earlier this month. At the Bills’ three-day rookie minicamp, Marrone said he was keeping his expectations in check when it came to assessing Manuel, who was the only quarterback taken in the first round of April’s draft when he was selected 16th overall.
New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Bills fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of C.J. Spiller to also become THE face of the Bills.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Bills faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.