Inside The Bills

Confidence in QB Tuel

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2013 – 3:30 pm

He may not have looked great on Thursday night when he was thrust into a difficult situation, but the players on the offensive side of the ball for Buffalo remember the rookie QB not named EJ Manuel, who was one of the league leaders in passer rating this past preseason.

Jeff Tuel had a strong preseason, so strong that if EJ Manuel were not ready to start the opener in a return from his first knee injury Tuel would’ve started. Now six weeks later, Tuel is in the same type of scenario, only head coach Doug Marrone hasn’t made Tuel a lock to start.

Still, there is confidence in Tuel in Buffalo’s locker room.

“He’s a strong quarterback,” said fellow rookie Robert Woods. “He understands our offense and our system. We’ve got to be confident. We’re still a good offense, have good running backs, good receivers and a confident quarterback. He can make plays for this offense now.

Woods thinks with Tuel getting first team reps for the better part of two weeks in the preseason would serve as a benefit to him and the receiving corps if he’s taking first team reps again this coming week.

“He did play in some preseason games for us and he does have a little bit of game experience and that’s a plus for us,” said Woods. “This week right here is just pushing to get better. More reps with him would be better for us.”

“Yeah I’ll be ready to go,” Tuel said. “If they called on me in Week 1 if EJ wasn’t going to be ready to go I took all the reps and felt very comfortable with it. I felt like I had a great week of practice as the guy so I know what that role is like.”


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