In the Bills voluntary veteran minicamp the week before the draft, head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett chose to rotate Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson with the first unit. The two split reps equally with the current starters. Heading into spring OTAs Marrone made it sound as though that will continue.
In an interview on SirusXM NFL Radio this week, Marrone explained why they intend to continue doing that.
“The coaching cliché is that all works itself out, but you have to go into it with a good plan,” Marrone said. “We’ve had Tarvaris and Kevin splitting the snaps so we can get a good evaluation in practice. You know sometimes you put one quarterback with the first group and he looks good and the second guy comes in and is playing well, but doesn’t have the same type of cast. So we mix it up to get a good evaluation.”
Obviously EJ Manuel is now a part of that mix too. Marrone didn’t exactly lay out how Manuel will fit in the rotation, but it sound as though he’s willing to throw him in with veteran players to see if he can handle it.
“When EJ comes in he’s been very eager and looking toward mastering this offense with as much time as we’ve spent with him to get him up to speed and we can get him in those situations,” said Marrone. “I’ve been a firm believer with all positions, not just quarterback, to throw those guys out there with some veteran guys around them and see how they react to it and see how they play and that’s a good tell tale to see where they are and see where they’re going.”
Manuel will get a run up to the OTAs as the Bills will be holding a rookie minicamp from May 10th-12th with just the draft choices, undrafted free agents and first-year players.
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