How bad is the quarterback situation for the Buffalo BIlls?

Published Jul. 6, 2015 7:38 p.m. ET

The Buffalo Bills completely overturned their roster this offseason in the hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Specifically, the Bills added a lot of talent to the offensive side of the ball as they hope to complement a dominating defense. 

While they did add do-it-all wide receiver Percy Harvin, tight end Charles Clay and playmaking running back LeSean McCoy, there are still big questions at the quarterback position.

As the season nears, the Bills will have to decide between third year quarterback EJ Manuel, veteran Matt Cassel and free agent pickup Tyrod Taylor. None of those options exactly strike fear into opposing defenses and that sentiment was echoed in the MMQB as Andy Benoit ranked every quarterback in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Bills, they ranked dead last in the NFL in his rankings, no matter who starts in 2015. 

Why such a low ranking? For starters, Manuel was benched for the final 12 games of the 2014 season as the Bills turned to Kyle Orton who led the team to a 9-7 record. 

On the other hand, Cassel started the first two games of the season for the Vikings before being benched in the third game of the season for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, The Vikings never looked back and appear to have their quarterback of the future. 

Finally, Taylor has little experience in the NFL having appeared in 14 games during his four year NFL career, all with the Baltimore Ravens. During those four seasons in Baltimore, he was 19-of-35 for 199 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bills are hoping that either Manuel reaches his potential as a former first round pick, Cassel finds his form from when he led the New England Patriots to the playoffs in 2008 or that Taylor is a diamond in the rough and emerges out of nowhere to lead the team.  


(h/t MMQB)

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