Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb has been through enough quarterback competitions during his career to know when a coach has a favorite dog in the hunt.
Kolb doesn’t believe that’s the case in Buffalo, where he’ll battle rookie E.J. Manuel for the starting job during training camp this summer. Kolb says that he’s focused on picking up a new offense more than on beating out Manuel and he thinks that his experience with the Eagles and Cardinals will come in handy as the competition unfolds.
“I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage against EJ, but it’s an advantage for me personally to be able to lean back on those type of things and those type of situations,” Kolb said, via the team’s website. “You don’t have stay up at night worrying about things that I did when I was a young player.”
Kolb also said that he doesn’t “buy what’s being sold” about Manuel being the franchise’s future at quarterback, which is the right way for him to feel as he competes with the rookie but probably isn’t true. Players don’t get picked 16th overall to be backups, so the winner of the job this summer won’t necessarily hold onto it for the entire season. Especially if it’s Kolb.