ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - This week is just the beginning. Much of the offseason focus this year will be on the competition for the Bills' starting quarterback job.
Monday and Tuesday were the first time all three of the primary options have been on the field together. So far, veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson have taken the majority of the practice reps, but Head Coach Doug Marrone expects more to come rookie EJ Manuel's way as the weeks march on.
"We have done a good job just watching the reps of the quarterbacks and we are trying to make it to a point where it is equal while obviously Kevin (Kolb) and Tarvaris (Jackson) have been here for a while so it is not to that point yet. We are getting a lot of reps out of EJ (Manuel) right now," said Marrone. "Probably a little bit less than the other two are, but our goal is to somewhere along this line during these OTAs as he progresses to have those equal amount of reps."
As far as the competition is concerned, Kolb and Jackson both said today, they knew the Bills would likely draft a quarterback, so they welcome the challenge.
"I knew that was in the plans," said Kolb. "It doesn't scare me or concern me. It's just part of the job and you move on. Like I told you before, it's all about competition and competing against everybody."
"You just try to make the best of it and when you're not in just try to get a mental rep," said Jackson.
The Bills held several veterans out of practice today, including Stevie Johnson, who is still nursing a strained back. Kyle Williams and Scott Chandler also rode the exercise bike.
Plenty of rookies are missing from the field this week as well. The NFL won't let them practice until their class graduates from their respective schools.
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