The newest member of the Buffalo Bills has plenty of praise for the quarterback who spent all of the 2012 season at No. 3 on the depth chart.
The two men played together in Seattle, and Branch recently raved about Jackson after signing with the Bills.
“I’ll say this,” Branch told James Walker of ESPN.com. “Tarvaris Jackson is one of the toughest competitors I’ve seen out there. When he played when I was in Seattle, the guy was hurt in more than half the games and he kept playing. He had us winning games, too. We were in every single game. It’s not like we ever got blew out.
“It was a rebuilding process for Seattle. So Jackson didn’t have quite the tools Seattle had last year. But the guy is tough as nails, smart and has a cannon for an arm. Buffalo fans should definitely realize that they got some stature back there.”
The question is whether the front office realizes it. The Bills have added Kevin Kolb, and the team has made no secret of its interest in a rookie quarterback.
If the Bills add another quarterback via one of the first two or three rounds, it’s believed that Jackson and Kolb will be battling for the same spot on the depth chart. It’s obvious who Branch thinks deserves to win the job.