Even though players understand the business of the game leads to transactions like the release of QB Tarvaris Jackson Monday, they still respected the work that he put in during his time with the club.
EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb were both asked about the benefit of getting more reps with Jackson no longer on the roster, and both made a point to comment on the time they spent with Jackson this spring before answering the question.
“First of all I enjoyed my time with Tarvaris I thought he was a heck of a player, super talented and a heck of a guy,” said Kolb.
“T-Jack did a great job helping me when he was here,” said Manuel. “The first couple of weeks when we had the OTAs, he did a great job preparing me. I would ask him a lot of questions and he gave me great feedback. So I definitely respect him and thank him for that.”
Kolb even took the time to call Jackson after he had been released.
“I talked to Tarvaris last night,” said Kolb. “I got cut so it’s going to happen at one point. We’re all going to get fired. You’ve got to be able to let it roll off your back and get better, but I’m obviously glad to be here and glad to get some more reps and get some more work with the ones.”
Coach Marrone explained that it was a tough decision, but that it had to be made to gain a clearer picture on the quarterback competition. Rotating three men through with the offense was not accomplishing the goal in an effective way. Still, it didn’t mean Marrone lacked any respect for the work that Jackson put in during his time at One Bills Drive.
“It’s a very tough profession and we really appreciate the job that Tarvaris did and how hard he worked,” said Marrone. “He was improving, and now he has an opportunity to catch on with another team and I think that’s important. He deserves that.”
Tags: Doug Marrone, EJ Manuel, Kevin Kolb, Mandatory minicamp, Tarvaris Jackson
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