The Arizona Cardinals weren't going to pay Kolb a roster bonus of $2 million last month, so they cut him loose and, in a manner of speaking, paved the way for this bit of merry-go-rounding. The Bills decided to bring in Kolb and have him compete with Tarvaris Jackson for their starting QB job. Speculation has already placed Kolb ahead of Jackson in this race, justifiably, and has come with the implication that the duo may end up fighting for one roster spot. Reportedly, the Bills won't take much of a salary cap hit if Kolb doesn't make their 2013 roster. Buffalo should still desire to draft a franchise-QB type, if they have the opportunity.
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This arrangement doesn't immediately provide much of a litmus test for Kolb. If he's selected to start his team's season opener over T-Jax and, potentially, a rookie, his hold on the job might be tenuous. New head coach Doug Marrone brought with him his offensive coordinator from nearby Syracuse, Nathaniel Hackett, and so those two should work together to install a run-first O. It'll probably continue to feature running backs C.J. Spiller and an aging (in RB terms) Fred Jackson.
There's reason for optimism if Kolb emerges as the starter in Buffalo, though. Marrone allowed Hackett to up the tempo of the Orange's O midway through last season, and both players and staff were thrilled with the results. Marrone was also the Saints' OC for Drew Brees' first three seasons in New Orleans. A bevy of quick-hitting passes with the potential to turn them into long gains is likely to be part of the plan, which would allow them to take advantage of Spiller's and Jackson's abilities as receivers.
Kolb's primary targets would otherwise consist of Stevie Johnson and tight end Scott Chandler, so unless 2012 draft pick T.J. Graham makes considerable strides or the Bills make additions, the weapons in Buffalo are somewhat limited. Kolb has some upside, but he doesn't intrigue enough to be more than a low-end QB2. Arizona couldn't protect the passer worth a lick, though, so at least Buffalo would increase the passer's odds of avoiding injuries significantly.
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About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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