By Tim Graham
A rookie quarterback is on his way to the Buffalo Bills, regardless of the Kevin Kolb signing.
If Kolb wants to win the gig and keep it, then he'll need to be successful straight away. A rugged start to the season and Bills fans will be screaming for the supposed franchise quarterback.
"You've always got to be on your toes," Kolb said. "You've always got to be ready. I'm ready for it. I'm excited about it. I want to be on the field and be the starter."
Bills coach Doug Marrone acknowledged Kolb's presence won't alter how the club approaches drafting a quarterback in three weeks.
"I don't think it really is going to change the philosophy on the draft," Marrone said today after the Bills introduced Kolb to the media at One Bills Drive. "I think that when the position comes, whatever's best for our team to get better, I think we'll go ahead and choose that player, wherever it may be.
"I think that rather than -- and I don't want to speak for Buddy or anyone else in the organization -- but rather than trying to reach or go somewhere that you want to go, you bring the best players you can bring in and you make those guys compete and you're a better football team."
The moment former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick declined to restructure his contract and got released, the Bills had to sign another veteran to compete this offseason with Tarvaris Jackson and Aaron Corp, quarterbacks who didn't suit up for a single game last year.
"I'm not going to lie, I think it was important for us to get a veteran on the roster for that competition," Marrone said. "Very important."
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