Players have started to shake loose from rosters ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to cut down to 75 players and the coming week will be filled with maneuvers by teams trying to get their desired 53 players for the start of the regular season.
One place to look for such a move is Buffalo, where coach Doug Marrone isn’t happy with his backup quarterback options. Dennis Dixon followed EJ Manuel into Saturday’s game because Marrone wanted to see him ahead of Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis, but that experiment ended after Dixon struggled to hold onto the ball on his first drive.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m satisfied with the backup quarterback. I’m not,” Marrone said, via the Buffalo News. “Our conversations are always, ‘Hey, if we can better our football team, whatever we have to do, we will.’ We wouldn’t be doing right to ourselves, the team, the fans, if we didn’t.”
Tuel came in after Dixon while Lewis didn’t play at all against Tampa.
Offensive problems in Buffalo aren’t limited to the second team after the starters turned the ball over twice on Saturday to continue a poor preseason for Manuel and company. Big fixes for that unit will be hard to find at this point, so finding a better Plan B at quarterback may have to suffice.