But the Bills have reason for hope if rookie EJ Manuel is unable to return from knee surgery in time. During a Monday appearance on "NFL Total Access," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport relayed a conversation he had with Bills general manager Doug Whaley during a visit to Rochester, N.Y., this month.
Rapoport said he asked Whaley if the organization felt it had hit on something in Tuel, who wasn't even a regular starter his senior season at Washington State.
"If he keeps progressing, we think we may have," Whaley said, according to Rapoport. "This guy's got a little something to him."
Rapoport has been told that Manuel still is on track to start Week 1, meaning Tuel's star moment might not ever actually arrive. Still, the Bills don't sound like a team that believes all is lost if Tuel takes the field.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.