Bills head coach Doug Marrone says there's a battle for backup QB job

Thad Lewis is competing against Jeff Tuel for the Buffalo Bills' backup QB job. Photo:

Thad Lewis is competing against Jeff Tuel for the Buffalo Bills' backup QB job.

The Buffalo Bills enter training camp with second-year starting quarterback E.J. Manuel entrenched in the starting role, but the backup job is still up for grabs. Right now, the options are either another second-year quarterback in Jeff Tuel or veteran Thad Lewis, and according to head coach Doug Marrone (via ProFootballTalk), there will be a heated battle in training camp for the no. 2 role: 

"Sure, we have a battle for the second team quarterback,” Marrone said, according to a transcript of his post-practice remarks from the club. “We’re trying to find out who it’s going to be, and Jeff did a nice job in OTAs, and he’s earned himself some more reps."

When Manuel struggled with injuries in his rookie season last year, both Lewis and Tuel saw playing time. 

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Tuel struggled in his one start, completing just 44.1 percent of his passes with three interceptions and one touchdown. Lewis had a bit more success, but not much. His 59.5 percent completion percentage was better, but he tossed six interceptions to just five touchdowns. 

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