Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood (70) and quarterback Jeff Tuel (7) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Season Expectations: Quarterback Jeff Tuel

Jeff Tuel, the third Buffalo Bills quarterback to start a game in 2013 and despite this fact there aren’t much if any expectations for this second year player. Tuel has good size for a NFL quarterback at 6-foot-3 and he weighs 221 pounds, however his arm strength is much to be desired. Also during his college career he had a series of lower body injuries so his long-term durability will be questioned for as long as he is a quarterback in the league.

In his one and only start against the then undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Jeff Tuel completed 18 of 39 passes and  threw for 229 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. Despite these lackluster numbers, the Bills only last that game by 10, 23-13. While most people don’t even expect him to make the final 53 roster in August, it is likely the Bills will keep him around for at last this year since until he proves he can stay healthy, starting quarterback E.J. Manuel will have the stigma of being injury prone due to his three separate knee injuries in his rookie season.

Jeff Tuel is also a mobile quarterback who can escape the pocket with ease, and that’s likely the cause of his well documented injury history at the college level. His mobility comes from his  time playing wide receiver in high school

All and all, Jeff Tuel definitely should not see any starting time this season due to being third string, unless Thad Lewis regresses mightily or gets hurt for a long period of time thus becoming the back up. On the bright side in practices during training camp and the regular season the wide receivers that need more development such as anyone that’s on the practice squad or whomever is the fifth or sixth and the third tight end will have a more than adequate person throwing them the ball.

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