Bills release Matt Flynn, which bodes well for E.J. Manuel's Week 10 status

Matt Flynn's release bodes well for E.J. Manuel's Week 10 status

11/4/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Buffalo Bills picked up quarterback Matt Flynn just a couple weeks after losing E.J. Manuel to a knee injury. Exactly three weeks later, the Bills have kicked the former free agent bust back to the curb. They used his roster spot to pick up fullback Evan Rodriguez. The story here, however, has little to do with Flynn or Rodriguez - it has to do with Manuel.

Blog Photo - Bills release Matt Flynn, which bodes well for E.J. Manuel's Week 10 statusNow cleared to practice, Manuel could start behind center in Week 10 if he puts in a good week of preparation without any setbacks. The fact that the Bills released their third string quarterback to pick up a player at a different position suggests that they have some confidence in their starter being ready for the team's next game.

The team is very much in need of their franchise quarterback, who was the first signal caller taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. After starting 2-3 with Manuel, the Bills are essentially 1-4 since he went down (I count the game during which he got injured as a loss without Manuel, as he left the game when it was 17-17 and the Bills were in field goal range). They have failed to top 300 total yards in two contests without Manuel, and have turned over the ball six times over the past two games.

If Manuel does return this week, it will be a nice upgrade for the entire Bills offense. UDFA Jeff Tuel - who started in Week 9's loss to Kansas City - has been predictably horrendous, while Thad Lewis has been decent but boasts an awful 19.1 QBR (Manuel's QBR is 42.2).

A raw rookie who has shown flashes of his lofty potential, Manuel has racked up 985 passing yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions through five games - good for a 79.4 passer rating (not bad for a rookie).

An exciting young player with an enormous ceiling, it will be nice to see Manuel on the field again. His status for Week 10 will rely mostly on how he looks in practice - doctors will not be the decision makers on whether or not he suits up. His status is sure to be updated constantly throughout the week, but with Lewis (ribs) also ailing, the Bills must feel pretty good about the health of their quarterbacks to have released Flynn.
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