ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The clock is ticking down to Sunday's season opener against the Pats here at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the big question mark remains surrounding the QB position, but at least it is looking more promising now than it did a week ago.
This week begins with the final cutdowns made, Kevin Kolb officially on the I-R and done for the season, Matt Leinart released and Thad Lewis on the practice squad, leaving just Jeff Tuel and EJ Manuel on the depth chart. Today all eyes were on Manuel who worked a complete practice, and got plenty of reps with the first unit.
Coach Doug Marrone says, "Nothing right now that seems to slow him down, the couple of things right now that we're testing, to see where he's at. Mentally he's fine, it's just a matter of physically."
So how is he doing physically? Receiver Stevie Johnson gives him high marks. "He looks like he didn't miss any days, so he looks fine, you know, in all his motions, with the leg you know, the arm's been there."
Even if EJ Manuel is back to 100% in time for the opener, the reality is, either way it will be a rookie quarterback's baptism by fire, beginning a career against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
But Coach Doug Marrone, says he looks at it as a huge opportunity, one that he is excited about. "I'm like, hey, this is awesome, lets get at it, go get somebody and see how it goes.
While Coach Marrone may be excited, but he's still not letting on who will get the start Sunday against the Patriots.