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EJ Manuel Named Week 1 Starter For The Bills

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Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images.
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images.

The quarterback confusion in Buffalo is finally over (for the moment). The Bills announced EJ Manuel as their Week 1 starter against the New England Patriots. Head coach Doug Marrone is confident in Manuel (which is promising news for Bills fans), saying, "He's 110 percent healthy.”

The Buffalo Bills selected Manuel in the first round of the draft this year with the No. 16 overall pick. Manuel was the first quarterback taken, setting high standards for the former Florida State University standout.  

Throughout training camp and the preseason, Manuel was battling with QB Kevin Kolb and, most recently, Jeff Tuel for the starting position. After Manuel hurt his knee in the second preseason game, the job looked like it was Kevin Kolb's until he suffered yet another concussion against the Washington Redskins and was placed on injured reserve.

At that point, the job was open for Tuel, the undrafted rookie from Washington State University. That is until Wednesday, when Manuel, who has fully recovered from his injury, was announced as the starter. 

Manuel had swelling in his left knee and underwent minor surgery after his solid preseason performance. He has worked hard the last few weeks to get back in time for the season opener, giving Bills fans a little more hope. He will open against an unpredictable Patriots defense and try to repeat what some of the talented rookie quarterbacks were able to do last season.