There are two types of teams in the NFL: teams that have a franchise quarterback, and teams that are trying to find a franchise quarterback.
Not long ago, the Bills believed they were in the first category. They now know they aren’t, so they’re hoping to find one in the draft.
And instead of acting like they don’t want what everyone knows they need, the Bills have opted for transparency, announcing on their official Twitter feed that they’ll be working out Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel on Saturday. On Friday, the Bills acknowledged a private workout with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
The unknown for Buffalo is the quarterback they covet. The link between new head coach Doug Marrone and his former starter at Syracuse, Ryan Nassib, is obvious. Which could be why the Bills are trying to make us all think that they want someone else.
Nassib and Manuel have become wild cards in this year’s quarterback class. Mike Mayock of NFL Network recently moved Manuel to No. 2 on Mayock’s list of quarterbacks, and Greg Cosell of NFL Films has placed Nassib at No. 1.
Regardless, the Bills’ ultimately objective is to ensure that Tarvaris Jackson isn’t No. 1 on the depth chart for very much longer.