Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel took a big step forward in the competition to win the Buffalo Bills starting job after the team released veteran Tarvaris Jackson on Monday.
The move was announced by the team in a one-sentence release. And it came a day before the Bills open a three-day mandatory minicamp - the team's final sessions before the start of training camp next month. The timing of the decision immediately frees up additional practice time for Manuel to further his development and become comfortable running the offense under rookie coach Doug Marrone.
Selected 16th overall out of Florida State, Manuel was the only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft.
Jackson's departure leaves Manuel competing with Kevin Kolb, a sixth-year player the Bills signed in free agency in April.
Kolb and Jackson had mostly evenly split practice time with the first-team offense during the Bills' 10 voluntary spring minicamps. Kolb appeared to have a better grasp of the off...