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Bills' Doug Marrone open to shop for new backup QB

Four preseason games have revealed a disturbing situation under center for the Buffalo Bills.

From wildly inconsistent starter EJ Manuel on down, the team has suffered through some of the league's most erratic quarterback play.

Armed with an otherwise talented roster, it's no surprise that coach Doug Marrone expressed a willingness to shake up the depth chart after seeing his surprise No. 2, Dennis Dixon, sputter around in Saturday's 27-14 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I'm not going to sit here and say I'm satisfied with the backup quarterback," Marrone said, per The Buffalo News. "I'm not."

The Bills have given Dixon, Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis snaps in the second spot behind Manuel, but none have stood out as the answer for a team that's looked lethargic on offense all month.

It's possible only one of those passers makes the team -- our guess is Tuel -- with Buffalo open to signing a veteran to shore up the mess.

"Our conversations are always, 'Hey, if we can better our football team, whatever we have to do, we will,'" Marrone said. "We wouldn't be doing right to ourselves, the team, the fans, if we didn't."

What Marrone fails to acknowledge is that Buffalo had an entire offseason to chase down the Christian Ponders of the world. Instead, they marched into the preseason with a ragtag collection of unproven arms behind one of the league's shakiest starters in Manuel. And now they're paying for it.

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