What A Tuel! Buffalo's Undrafted QB Could Be A Diamond In The Rough.

There are not a lot of people outside of Buffalo that knew who Jeff Tuel was before Sunday’s preseason game against the Colts, and truth be told if you ask around the league outside of Indy you’re bound to hear “Jeff who?”. Tuel doesn’t even have his own Wikipedia page, and only a brief profile can be found on the American football wiki page that simply reads:

“Jeff Tuel is a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. He played college football with the Washington State Cougars

and in the middle of that page is a box that reads:

“No notable achievements”

So where the hell did Jeff Tuel come from? I’m not sure how the coaching staff found this guy, but they seem to know exactly what they are doing.  After playing the entire 2nd half of Sunday’s game Tuel amassed 212 yards while completing 82.6% of his 23 pass attempts. He has the best QB rating in the league thus far over Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer who’s rating is 115.2.  He also had a pair of touchdown passes while running a no huddle offense that gave the Colts defense a tremendous amount of trouble. He showcased a set of skills that shows he is very capable of being a quarterback in the NFL, and could pose a serious threat to Kevin Kolb making this Bills team.

Not only is Jeff Tuel a serious contender for a quarterback job in Buffalo, he always has been. Since OTA’s began whenever Marrone has been asked about the QB competition between Manuel and Kolb, he has always made it a point to include Tuel into the conversation.  Time after time he has inserted Tuel’s name in the mix and what a great job he has been doing. Funny thing too, nobody really listened to him and reporters continued to ask questions about EJ and Kevin exclusively. When Coach Marrone continuously brings up how well a certain player is doing, that is something to take very seriously.

I brought up in an earlier post that it will be interesting to see if Tuel doesn’t beat out Kolb for the backup QB slot, and it seems I am not alone in my thinking. Jeff Tuel has at least caught the eye of who wrote this article for rantsports.com where he declared Jeff Tuel is “starting to look like a hidden gem”. After watching him play its hard to not wonder who exactly will be backing up big EJ come week 1 against the Patriots. What do you guy’s think will be our QB situation come week 1?

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