Is It Too Late For Kevin Kolb?

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Updated: August 15, 2013
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Kevin Kolb didn’t touch the field on Sunday vs. the Colts and it’s time to make up for lost time. In the eyes of most, EJ Manuel has pulled significantly ahead of Kolb in the race for starting quarterback after the rookie’s performance over the weekend.

NFL.com columnist Adam Schein is only one of the “experts” to praise Manuel after his weekend performance. In Schein’s column Tuesday he wrote, “There’s no quarterback derby in Upstate New York. If Kevin Kolb is the answer, I would love to know the question… The Bills have a strong running game and underrated weapons in the passing attack. Even though he’s a youngster, Manuel has the skills and leadership to make it click. This Buffalo offense is going to be better than you think.”

Former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst on ESPN Herm Edwards seemed to beat to the same drum as Schein during a Tuesday SportsCenter as well. Edwards also felt that Manuel has distanced himself from Kolb. What might be the most exciting part of Edwards’ anecdote during the SportsCenter Spotlight was that he felt that the Bills have the potential to go 8-8 this season.

But you can’t count out Kolb just yet. After a rough practice Monday, Kolb bounced back Tuesday and had one of his best practices of camp.  The veteran highlighted the practice with a pair of 70-yard touchdowns in 11-on-11 drills. The pair of touchdowns he threw to Marquise Goodwin and Da’Rick Rogers demonstrated Kolb’s ability to throw the deep ball which could come in handy if the former Cardinal is starting games for Buffalo in December.

When healthy, we know Kevin Kolb can be a successful quarterback in the NFL. Last season Kolb helped lead the Cardinals to a 4-0 record including an upset victory over the New England Patriots.

If Kolb wants a legitimate shot at winning the Week 1 starting job againts New England he has to do two things: blow the coaching staff away and stay healthy. Yes, the odds are stacked against Kolb, but the race isn’t over quite yet.