Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nix, Marrone confident Kolb is a good fit for Bills


Monday, Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb sounded pretty excited about getting another shot to prove his worth in the NFL.

Buffalo's brass sounded equally excited.

Kolb, a six-year vet, holds a 28/25 touchdown-to-interception ratio and has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes in his career. And while many associate the 28-year-old's time in the league with harsh scrutiny and even harsher hits in the backfield, Buffalo's leaders told reporters they see a valued veteran with proven game experience.

"I am not going to lie. I think it was important for us to get a veteran on the roster for that competition. Very important," coach Doug Marrone said Monday during Kolb's press conference. "I think he can make all of the throws. I think he can throw it well. I have seen his ability depending upon schematics of what is going on and him being able to get the ball out.

"I see all of those things. Now it is just a matter of working together and seeing what he does well along with Tarvaris (Jackson) and Aaron (Corp). Put together a system where they can be successful."

Buffalo will very likely add another QB into the mix via the draft in a couple weeks, so Kolb's spot as the starting signal-caller is anything but guaranteed. Jackson actually has more game experience than Kolb (17 more games to be exact), though the two have posted fairly comparable stats through their respective careers, have had similar up-and-down experiences and each know what it is to compete for the starting role on a yearly basis.

General Manager Buddy Nix echoed Marrone's thoughts on Kolb Monday, stating the former Houston product is not only a contender for starting role, but someone the team has had its eye on for some time.

"We wanted to add some veteran experience to the quarterback position on our roster and we think we’ve added a good one by signing Kevin," Nix said. "He’s a player we had targeted since he became a free agent and he should be a strong candidate in the competition for the starting quarterback position."

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