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Report: Bills sticking with two quarterbacks on 53-man roster

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow runs the ball against the New York Giants during their NFL preseason game in Foxborough Reuters

Mike Florio outlined some reasons why he believes the Bills should be interested in adding quarterback Tim Tebow to their roster in the wake of his release by the Patriots, but a pair of reports indicate that they won’t be following his advice.

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 in Buffalo reports that the Bills have “zero interest” in having Tebow join E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel on the depth chart. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports adds that the team did not put in a waiver claim on Tebow (or former Jets quarterback Greg McElroy) and that they are planning to head into Week One with just Manuel and Tuel on the roster.

That would suggest a fair amount of confidence that Manuel’s knee will be sound enough after his recent surgery for him to start against the Patriots in Week One because there wouldn’t be much point in having him dress as a backup if you believe he’s healthy enough to play if needed. The Bills could obviously revisit the issue later in the week to add someone as a backup for Tuel, but the more time practicing and learning the offense the better for a quarterback who might be pressed into action.

As for Tebow, lack of interest from the Bills would close off the most obvious potential destination for him to continue playing in 2013. The entire league had a lot of time to sign Tebow before the Patriots took the plunge and the Bills have undergone the most drastic change to their quarterback situation in the interim.

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15 Responses to “Report: Bills sticking with two quarterbacks on 53-man roster”
  1. ghaney51 says: Sep 1, 2013 12:49 PM

    THANK GOD.

  2. patriots123456 says: Sep 1, 2013 1:04 PM

    I think they need a 3rd QB, whomever it may be…

  3. dpdonny says: Sep 1, 2013 1:06 PM

    They will sign him after week 1 IMO.

  4. thegonz13 says: Sep 1, 2013 1:11 PM

    McElroy would make more sense than Tebow!

  5. johnschatzan says: Sep 1, 2013 1:43 PM

    The last thing a rookie qb should have to deal with is a billion questions about tim tebow from the media.

  6. floydgondolli says: Sep 1, 2013 2:27 PM

    the Bills are only an ‘obvious’ place because of depletion. You actually would be hard pressed to find a worse match of QB and stadium/weather conditions

  7. orivar says: Sep 1, 2013 3:05 PM

    Teams that are desperate for QBs that also CANNOT PROTECT their QBs do not need to jump on the two QB bandwagon.

  8. ptownbearsfan420 says: Sep 1, 2013 3:09 PM

    Wait.. What happend to Leinert? Didnt he just start for them?

  9. dirtyharry1971 says: Sep 1, 2013 3:37 PM

    Its gonna be another long season in buffalo but then again it has been that way for the last 13 years so what else is new? Just wish ralph would sell this team already

  10. deadlevelbest says: Sep 1, 2013 3:45 PM

    Its gonna be another long season in buffalo but then again it has been that way for the last 13 years so what else is new? Just wish ralph would sell this team already

    You must be talking about another Buffalo team, possibly one without CJ Spiller and EJ Manuel.

  11. crappygovernment says: Sep 1, 2013 3:46 PM

    Self respecting Christian fans should only return to the NFL with our brother, Tim Tebow!

    We can cripple the Neocon & Freemason League by withholding our shekels otherwise!

  12. bigbosscrispy says: Sep 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    Welcome to the CJ Spiller show folks!!

  13. iwearshoesinhentucky says: Sep 1, 2013 6:44 PM

    The Bills have a very liberal definition as to what qualifies as a quarterback.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 3, 2013 4:12 AM

    Talk smack about Tebow all you want but even he is better than what the Bills have currently. Saying something.

  15. jpaq68 says: Sep 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    How long will it be before Marrone calls up the Giants and asks how much they want for Nassib?

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