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NFL: Jets’ Geno Smith Fine. Bills’ E.J. Manuel gets first Start


Jul 28, 2013; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) drops for a pass during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will start Sunday’s preseason opener vs. the Indianapolis Colts. With Kevin Kolb sidelined, Manuel received all of the first-team reps this week, and Manuel has an early opportunity to show that he’s ready to take over the starting role for the QB-desperate Bills. 

New Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone said this week the Bills are very pleased with Manuel and his development. The No. 16 overall pick of this year’s draft looks like the favorite to open the season as the starter.

The NFL preseason debut for New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith ended when he rolled his ankle during a rush to the sideline. The second-round pick from West Virginia limped off of the field and that was the end of his first NFL game, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be sidelined long, as the injury is being called a mild ankle-sprain,

Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell entered training camp as the favorite to win the backup QB job, but after Friday’s preseason debut, he’s fallen back to the pack, and could be fighting for a roster spot now. In six series, Harrell completed 12/19 passes for 76 yards and threw one interception.

With Vince Young signing just this week, look for he and Harrell to battle for the backup spot for the remainder of the preseason.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning likes what he’s seen so far in new tight end Brandon Meyers, and expects him to be a big part of the offense. Last year with a terrible Oakland Raiders offense, Meyers still manged to record 79 catches for 806 yards and four TDs.

Last night in his preseason debut, Meyers recorded one 20-yard catch on one target in a handful of snaps. The bigger and more tragic news was Giants receiver Kris Adams suffering a fractured lower leg that will undoubtedly end his season, and may put his NFL career in jeopardy.

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