Niagara Gazette

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July 29, 2013

Football's Back! Bills open training camp

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Niagara Gazette — Upon arriving at camp Friday, Manuel said he’s not taken a day off since the Bills last practice on June 13. He’s worked on his footwork and mechanics, while also poring over the playbook to become comfortable with the up-tempo style of offense Marrone is introducing.

”I think I made a lot of progress,” said Manuel, who went 25-6 as a college starter. “So I’m looking forward to seeing how I go out there and do.”

Manuel has already moved up the depth chart after the Bills cut veteran Tarvaris Jackson early last month.

Center Eric Wood liked what he saw from Manuel during spring minicamps.

”He’s got some leadership skills, he’s got a great arm, athletic: A lot of things you look for in a quarterback,” Wood said. “Now comes time to make some plays when the pads are on.”

For Kolb, competing for a starting job has become a familiar offseason exercise in his latest attempt to kick start a career hampered by injuries.

”I could probably just pull out a tape recorder from the last three years and hit play. It’s nothing new,” Kolb said. “It’s always been a competition. I’ve always had something to prove. And there’s no better way to go about it.”

Staying healthy has been a key issue for Kolb, who has 28 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and a 9-12 record as a starter in 34 games split between Philadelphia and Arizona.

Selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2007 draft, Kolb was supposed to be Donovan McNabb’s successor. Kolb barely got the chance. He was injured in the 2009 opener and eventually lost the starting job to Michael Vick.

Kolb got a chance for a fresh start in 2011, when he was traded to the Cardinals and signed a five-year, $63 million contract. He went 5-6 as a starter in Arizona, with injuries ending both his seasons.

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