EJ Manuel takes hold of Buffalo Bills' starting QB job


Kevin Kolb needed a home run during his Friday night start in order to get back into the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback mix. He popped out.

Kolb was booed often by the Buffalo home crowd during a mixed starting performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie EJ Manuel, on the other hand, was even more effective than in his solid start one week ago.

Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 92 yards and one touchdown during the 20-16 win over the Vikings, moving the Bills' offense at a quick tempo. For the second consecutive week, Manuel got rid of the ball quickly on short throws. Kolb averaged just over 5 yards per throw, and he threw an interception on a tipped pass.

Kolb, who sat out the preseason opener, didn't look comfortable in the pocket, often drifting back before pressure even got to him. He too often was slow to make his reads, although he finished on a positive note by moving the Bills on two field-goal drives once the Vikings' starters came out of the game.

Manuel came in after halftime and immediately led Buffalo on an 80-yard touchdown drive. The first-round draft pick hasn't been perfect, but he has looked like an NFL quarterback. In two games, he's 26-of-33 passing (78.8 percent) for 199 yards and two touchdowns. And the Bills' offense looks different with him at the helm.

Bills brass was hoping Manuel would take hold of this job in training camp and the preseason. He has. We'd be surprised if Kolb starts again.

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