By Tim Graham
If the Buffalo Bills, the fans or the media are selling EJ Manuel as the opening-day starter simply because they drafted him in the first round, then Kevin Kolb's not interested in listening to the pitch.
"I don't buy what's being sold, I guess," Kolb said.
The Bills' quarterback competition began to crystallize Monday night, when they released Tarvaris Jackson. That leaves Kolb as the only veteran on the depth chart against Manuel. Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel is lining up as the third-stringer.
Kolb, who signed with the Bills before they drafted Manuel, won't concede anything in the competition.
"I've been in two situations, and you can lean back anywhere and there's a lot of examples of it going both ways," Kolb said.
Kolb was the Philadelphia Eagles' top draft choice in 2007, albeit in the second round, and eventually found himself deep in a quarterback controversy with Donovan McNabb.
The Eagles traded Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals in 201l. The Cardinals were rebuilding after a strange quarterback saga that involved a Heisman Trophy winner and a Super Bowl MVP.
"They had just gone through drafting Matt Leinart and then Kurt Warner came in and was supposed to be the backup and took over and took them to the Super Bowl," Warner said.
"So I've seen it from a lot of different perspectives, and I have an open mind about it. I just have confidence in myself and my ability and this offense and, hopefully, what I can do in it."
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