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Bills will go with three QBs in camp, haven't considered Colin Kaepernick, GM Beane says

PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills are content with what they've got at quarterback.

After trading Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday, the team has an open roster spot. Don't expect that to be filled by another quarterback, though.

In his press conference prior to the first practice of training camp at St. John Fisher College, General Manager Brandon Beane made it clear the current quarterback depth chart of Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates and Nathan Peterman is what the Bills will go with.

"Right now we're planning to go with these three," Beane said. "You never rule anything out. Anything that can help our roster, we're always looking at, but right now we're good with three."

By far the most qualified quarterback still on the open market is former 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick. The popular theory is that has at least as much to do with his political stance -- he took a knee during the national anthem last season to protest perceived injustice faced by minorities -- as it does with his play on the field.

"Obviously Colin, he's had great success in the past," Beane said. "I've not looked into him or anything like that. We've had plenty of quarterbacks here. I like the mesh of the three that we have. We liked Cardale, but our our goal right now is just to let these three go and see how it goes at camp."

Beane said because teams no longer have two-a-day practices, the need for more than three quarterbacks in camp is gone.

"There's not enough reps, really, to have four and give them all the reps they need," he said. "I think we would have been doing Cardale a disservice. So we found a win-win situation. He's a great young man and I wish him the best of luck out there."

By trading Jones to the Chargers, the Bills reunited him with his offensive coordinator for most of his rookie year in Anthony Lynn, now Los Angeles' head coach.

It "felt like the time was right with Cardale to give him a chance, to get on with a coach that he knows in a place that there's a familiar face and possibly a familiar offense for him as well," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "We're confident in the quarterbacks we have in camp. That's another reason for the move. But giving Nate an opportunity, really all three, the right amount of opportunities, we feel good about it."

Taylor, the Bills' starter, said he was "caught off guard" by the trade.

"But at the same time, it's an opportunity for him. It worked out for both teams," Taylor said. "I wish him the best. I texted him last night. Cardale is a good friend and a hard worker, so things are going to work out for him. He's with a familiar coach."

 

 

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