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Bills still not being coy about their quest for a quarterback

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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.

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  1. cherubrock11 says: Mar 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    The Bills should just use their first 3 picks in every draft to pick QB’s until they get one worth keeping.

    They will get their QB of the future much quicker this way, and while this would kill depth elsewhere on their roster, its not like they are going to be competing anytime soon.

  2. fistoftheraven says: Mar 23, 2013 4:04 PM

    Being Pick #8 gives you a lot of options. The front office shouldn’t use this pick on a QB . . . especially on Geno Smith.

    He’s good, but he’s not like the QBs we have seen in the past — he is a product of a system. Either trade down or pick up a QB in the later rounds.

  3. ruffbufffire says: Mar 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    Manual or Nassib!! Geno is a skinny Jamarcus!

  4. kgun80 says: Mar 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    T.J Grahm… Instead of Russel Wilson

  5. Cereal says: Mar 23, 2013 4:10 PM

    How about Troy Smith ?

  6. goninjagoninjagogo says: Mar 23, 2013 4:14 PM

    I’m not a Bills fan, but I feel like a return to greatness from the Jim Kelly days would be nice. The current class of quarterbacks, no matter how bad they are rated, by the media or teams, are going to generate interest if there is nowhere else to at least have a shot at signing one. A down year for quarterbacks doesn’t mean the teams can forfeit the whole year.

  7. coltzfan166 says: Mar 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    They’ll pick Nassib in the 2nd

  8. kgun80 says: Mar 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    T.J Grahm over Russel Wilson… That will be the Buddy Nix legacy in Buffalo. The QB class this year is just not that impressive… I hope I am wrong. I know we’re taking a QB in the first, it’s either Smith,Barkley or Nassib… I hope the guys at 1 Bills drive know something about these guys that were all missing. But being a long time Bills fan(over 30 years) it’s hard to have a lot of optimism.

  9. sleepsoncouches says: Mar 23, 2013 4:17 PM

    “What’s wrong with TJack?” Said nobody ever…besides Childress.

  10. dtlb58 says: Mar 23, 2013 4:20 PM

    C’mon up to #1 and trade with the Chiefs Buffalo and then you can have your pick.

  11. tedstheman says: Mar 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    Franchise uarterback is an over used term. There are not more than 6 in the league if that. A number 1 QB is not a “franchise QB” he is a starter. A “franchise QB” WINS Super Bowls and has their team in the playoffs on a consistent basis….Brady, Manning, Manning etc.

  12. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 23, 2013 4:31 PM

    While everybody seems to be buying into the hype about how it’s a quarterback driven league, and how you’re nowhere without an elite QB, it’s worth noting that four of the last six Super Bowls were won by teams with quarterbacks that fall into the category of “above-average starter”.

    It’s still a team game. The other 21 guys on the field have a lot to do with whether a particular QB ends up looking better or worse.

  13. the7thpolymath says: Mar 23, 2013 4:32 PM

    I think debate between Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith is laughable! Ryan Nassib shouldn’t even be in the conversation. If Geno Smith is available at 8, which is a big if, its a no brainer! Ryan Nassib is a day 3 prospect.

  14. ozymandias121 says: Mar 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    Why would you waste a pick on Geno Smith? 1700 of his yards come from YAC. 1100 of them came from Austin. 45% of his passes traveled less than 5 yards so Geno is definitely a “screen artist.”

  15. nookers says: Mar 23, 2013 4:47 PM

    Yeah sure, like anyone ever knew that Russell Wilson was going to be decent. Lets see another year from him and Kapernick before we start sucking

  16. dartwick says: Mar 23, 2013 4:47 PM

    Tebow is ready.

  17. ravenmuscle says: Mar 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    Looks like the Ravens will be opening the season in Buffalo on Thursday night September 5th.
    I sure the whole country can’t wait to see the SHELL of a Raven team. That’s just the way we like it. What these trolls don’t realize is that Ozzie wanted to dump these old farts that couldn’t run or cover Jay Leno in pass coverage ever since the season ended.

    Remember the AGING DEFENSE. They are all gone. Well all it did was win a Superbowl and now we are just RELOADING with lots of youth and blazing speed on defense…..AND have 12 draft picks in a VERY VERY DEEP draft in the middle rounds where Ozzie just DESTROYS the 31 other personnel departments.

  18. thebadguyswon says: Mar 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    In a draft where QB is weak they should absolutely NOT take a QB at 8. Take a DT or DE and get Nassib or Matt Scott later on.

  19. wilburmills says: Mar 23, 2013 5:02 PM

    Go for another Arkansas QB–Tyler Wilson….Joe Ferguson was a good QB for the Bills years ago..

  20. dalucks says: Mar 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    The Bills should take Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson or North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper with their 1st round pick then trade their 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th round pick to the Texans for the 27th pick in the 1st round. Then the Bills can select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.
    This would allow the Bills to improve the offensive line plus get a QB on a 5 year contract.

  21. bartlettruss says: Mar 23, 2013 5:08 PM

    If they choose carefully at QB and work very hard I think one day they’ll get back to losing the Super Bowl every year once again.

  22. baddorange says: Mar 23, 2013 5:09 PM

    Geno Smith is not a first round QB, unless you are brain dead.

  23. bigbadal21 says: Mar 23, 2013 5:09 PM

    They should be able to pick up Geno Smith in the third. That’s because he should be there. That is where his skills should put him. But alas, some team will disregard all logic and overdraft him. One thing is for sure. If whoever drafts him starts him in the season opener it could ruin his career.

  24. EJ says: Mar 23, 2013 5:21 PM

    I am pretty sure the Bills are cued in on QB Ryan Nassib from Syracuse. Working out different Quarterbacks is just part of the smokescreen process. Marrone knows everything about Nassib, his positives, negatives, what he needs to improve on and what makes him tick. Having a full report card makes the choice that much easier. Also, wouldn’t be surprised to see them reach for him, just to make sure they have their Franchise QB locked up.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 23, 2013 5:27 PM

    Basically, their stance in regard to quarterbacks is “Anything but Koy.”.

  26. andyb02 says: Mar 23, 2013 5:34 PM

    Eagles are probably taking Geno Smith. As an Eagles fan I’m not a huge fan of that but at least he’s better than Vick.

  27. austinwhodat says: Mar 23, 2013 5:38 PM

    He should have a modeling career if football doesn’t work out! Damn he’s gorgeous!

  28. westbrookcondo says: Mar 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    There were 73, 74 picks between RGIII and Wilson and not one could guarantee that he would be as successful has he’s been. Quit wring your hands and move on.

  29. kgun80 says: Mar 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    It’s not about knowing Wilson would be decent. It’s the fact that instead of taking a chance on Wilson the Bills drafted Grahm. A speed receiver with bad hands.

  30. kingpel says: Mar 23, 2013 5:48 PM

    They will take the clown out of USC. This organization has zero imagination. Maybe this time it will pan out for them.

  31. katopete16 says: Mar 23, 2013 6:00 PM

    I’m not to sure any QB’s from this draft are the answer for any NFL’s team QB situation. No QB in college this previous year stuck out and displayed enough talent to justify a 1st round pick in my opinion. Other than Jonny Manziel that is……

  32. claymus1 says: Mar 23, 2013 6:12 PM

    Matt Flynn is available….. for your first round pick?? Better than what’s available in the draft this year!

  33. misterzurkon says: Mar 23, 2013 6:18 PM

    QBs can’t win on their own. Panic and draft a sub-standard QB with an early pick and you just ensure that you stay on the treadmill at least another year. They aren’t winning any Super Bowls in 2014, so shore up the lines or get a linebacker and draft QB next year. Mediocre QB with mediocre support means more years out of the playoffs. Plus, if you play in Buffalo, you have to have a cannon for an arm.

    The Bills spend far to many picks hoping for a home run instead of building with a plan.

  34. rockymountainoysters says: Mar 23, 2013 6:19 PM

    Take Cordarrelle Patterson at 8, trade 41 and a 2014 first rounder to St. Louis for 22 and take whatever non-Geno qb you want. Brand new offense just like that

  35. misterzurkon says: Mar 23, 2013 6:23 PM

    I want to know why they didn’t take Ryan Mallett in the third round in 2011. Because of Fitz? I honestly don’t understand why they just don’t seem to get it. It’s like they’re trying to stay blech.

  36. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 23, 2013 6:31 PM

    Bills need a quarterback that can play really well defensively.
    Good luck with that.

  37. buffalomafia says: Mar 23, 2013 6:54 PM

    They better take the best Qb available! Knowing how they always screw up a draft they will take a weak Qb from Syracuse!

  38. buffalomafia says: Mar 23, 2013 7:22 PM

    Reports say Nassib doesn’t have the arm strength to go down feild!

    With the no name on the cheap Syracuse coaches they will take Nassib!

  39. ghjjf says: Mar 23, 2013 7:43 PM

    They already have Brad Smith, use him at his real position of QB rather than receiver/special teams.

  40. MyTeamsAllStink says: Mar 23, 2013 8:03 PM

    This is perfect for Oakland to trade down and get picks while the Bills reach on Smith.I already see McKenzie trying to work teams maybe Buffalo will take the bait.

  41. razzlejag says: Mar 23, 2013 8:43 PM

    Trade with Jacksonville already and take the guy you want before the Raiders and Cardinals do. Don’t sit there hoping your guy falls to #8.

    Jax is taking Geno, then the Raiders are taking Barkley and the Cards are stuck with Manuel. It’s way too early for Nassib so what do you do, hope he falls to the 2nd round?

    Trade up and take your guy, you’re a QB away from being a playoff team, IMO.

  42. mungman69 says: Mar 23, 2013 8:43 PM

    Last year no one liked Wilson. Two years ago Kapernick went in the second round. The point is that you can’t judge a QB in college.

  43. azjam says: Mar 23, 2013 8:55 PM

    Nassib on round 2 makes most sense.

  44. buffalomafia says: Mar 23, 2013 9:14 PM

    The scouts say Nassib doesn’t have arm strength to throw the long ball! So why even think of drafting him?

  45. cypressballs says: Mar 23, 2013 9:30 PM

    Please take Alex Smith off the Chiefs hands. He’s wonderful, honest injun.

  46. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:17 PM

    The Bills defense allowed 435 points last season, yet they are a quarterback away from being a playoff contender?
    That’s a good one.

  47. kc571 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:30 PM

    Buffalo doesn’t need a smoke screen for Nassib. The qbs will be geno, Barkley and ej. Unless they’re trying to show the teams above them that they don’t want geno they’re wasting their time. Just trade w my chiefs and get the best qb, even though he’s not even ready to start.

  48. maltliquor says: Mar 23, 2013 10:36 PM

    What about the kid from Tennessee?

  49. jpaq68 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:11 PM

    Who do the Bills think they’re fooling? Everybody – and I mean EVERYBODY – knows that they’re picking up Nassib. Buddy Nix is about as sly as a fox with six cowbells around it’s neck.

  50. latenightroach says: Mar 23, 2013 11:16 PM

    Meanwhile Matt Barkley wishes he entered draft last year.

  51. billsfan1 says: Mar 24, 2013 12:23 AM

    want to know why they didn’t take Ryan Mallett in the third round in 2011. Because of Fitz? I honestly don’t understand why they just don’t seem to get it. It’s like they’re trying to stay blech.

    *** for the same reason no body has traded a pick to NE for Mallett yet… I know the Bills have made some retarded decisions for qb but how can you criticize them for not taking Mallett

  52. applecool1981 says: Mar 24, 2013 1:51 AM

    claymus1 says:
    Mar 23, 2013 6:12 PM
    “Matt Flynn is available….. for your first round pick?? Better than what’s available in the draft this year!”

    I hope you’re joking. Alex Smith went to the Chiefs for a second round pick, possibly a little more with the conditional pick in 2014; combined, it will not equal the value of Buffalo’s pick of number 8 in the draft. Right now, Alex Smith is better than Matt Flynn; so, the Seahawks should not get as much or more than the 49ers got for Smith.

  53. applecool1981 says: Mar 24, 2013 2:00 AM

    MyTeamsAllStink says:
    Mar 23, 2013 8:03 PM
    “This is perfect for Oakland to trade down and get picks while the Bills reach on Smith.I already see McKenzie trying to work teams maybe Buffalo will take the bait.”

    Wishful thinking on your part. The Bills have only traded up in the first round once since 1995; it wasn’t so much as trading up with their own pick to get a higher pick, as it was stupidly trading back into the first round in 2004 to draft JP Losman. Nix seems too reluctant to do anything thing besides stay where he slotted with his picks since he’s been in charge here. With this years mediocre QB class, that is probably a good thing for the Bills.

  54. ordekim says: Mar 24, 2013 6:16 AM

    Draft atleast two qb’s Bills (maybe rnd 1 and 3 so youcan take a WR rnd 2). Maybe atleast if you get one that works out, you can actually keep the drafted guy for longer then the rookie contract!

    I’ve noticed a small trend in Buffalo, when a drafted player is due what he has earned during rookie contract, nine times out of ten he gets cut lose/signs elsewhere or traded for peanuts. Bah whatever.

  55. randallflagg52 says: Mar 24, 2013 6:37 AM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Mar 23, 2013 4:37 PM
    Why would you waste a pick on Geno Smith? 1700 of his yards come from YAC. 1100 of them came from Austin. 45% of his passes traveled less than 5 yards so Geno is definitely a “screen artist.”


    Congratulations, you just described Tom Brady.

  56. hottubtodd says: Mar 24, 2013 8:40 AM

    First of all who cares if everyone knows they need a QB. We knew that before they cut Fitzpatrick. Arizona obviously needs a QB too. So does the Jets, Jags, Raiders, and Browns. They all have QBs equivalent to Tevaris Jackson. So Buffalo is visiting every college QB and scheduling private workouts with them. Good! That’s what I want my team to do. If they find one they like a lot, get him in the first round. If you REALLY like him jump up and get him.

  57. hehateme2 says: Mar 24, 2013 8:59 AM

    “I’m not a Bills fan, but I feel like a return to greatness from the Jim Kelly days would be nice”

    First off, Greatness is reserved for those winning Titles. Last I checked, the jills have none.
    They were a good team for that stretch but “great”…. now that’s a stretch.

    They should focus on getting into 3rd place over the jets. Baby steps

  58. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 24, 2013 9:15 AM

    Bills’ best quarterback shot is to bring Jack Kemp out of retirement.

  59. whatjusthapped says: Mar 24, 2013 9:33 AM

    The mere fact that they have T-Jack on their roster is proof positive that they don’t have a QB. The guy sucked coming out of college, sucked worse playing for the Vikings, and then digressed from there when he played for the Seahawks.

    I can’t think of a player than has lasted so long in the NFL on such little talent. Same thing could be said for Childress on a coaching level.

  60. eegwaybeegway says: Mar 25, 2013 1:11 AM

    I’m confident that Tarvaris will be just what the Bills hoped for. He weathered the storm of an inexperienced line in Seattle and still posted a winning record down the second half of the season in 2011 while playing with a torn labrum. He also held the Vikings ship together as they made the playoffs in 2009. Just give him some weapons and protection, draft a QB to season underneath him and the Bills will be in good shape.

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