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.