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Tarvaris Jackson out; EJ Manuel, Kevin Kolb to battle in QB duel

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Tarvaris Jackson was released by the Bills.


By Tim Graham

Tarvaris Jackson couldn't get on the field for the Buffalo Bills last year because he didn't get the snaps in practice.

He won't get them this year either.

The Bills have seen enough of Jackson, releasing him on the eve of mandatory minicamp. The move clarifies the Bills' quarterback competition, leaving Kevin Kolb and first-round pick EJ Manuel the prime contenders.

Jackson was philosophical about his situation two weeks ago, when he spoke with reporters at One Bills Drive.

"I've been in this league going on eight years now," Jackson said. "Hopefully, I'll make it eight. But I know how it goes. Like I said, I just come out here and do my best. In certain situations your best might not be good enough. They invested a lot in a player in the first round."

The Bills traded a conditional draft choice (that became a seventh-rounder) to the Seattle Seahawks for Jackson before the final preseason game. Jackson played briefly in the final exhibition and then didn't dress again. He was a healthy scratch for 16 games.

The Bills re-signed Jackson on Feb. 15, when Ryan Fitzpatrick still was on the roster. Neither of them is now.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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