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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Forgotten Bills: Jeff Tuel

For two weeks in 2013 it was Tuel Time for the Buffalo Bills. Jeff Tuel didn’t receive an invite to the NFL combine and went undrafted, despite all that though he ended up in New York, playing for the Buffalo Bills.

On August 26, 2013, Tuel was named the projected starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2013 season. Whether Tuel would start depended on the status of current first-string quarterback EJ Manuel, who was recovering from an operation on his knee. The Bills would determine that Manuel was healthy enough to return to play and named him starting quarterback, relegating Tuel to the second string position.

Jeff Tuel would make his first appearance during Week 5 in Cleveland. He went 8-for-20, throwing an interception, overall his NFL debut would see him pass for 80 yards.

Tuel would make his first career start in Week 9. The Bills were at home against Kansas City. He would throw his first career touchdown, but also had 2 interceptions with one going for 6. Tuel went 18-for-39 passing with 229 yards.

After the Kansas nightmare Tuel would then be listed as ‘inactive’ for the next five weeks. Overall, it wouldn’t really matter if he was active, Tuel was two-and-through for the Bills’.

Going into the 2014/15 season, Tuel competed with Thad Lewis for the second-string position that he would eventually end up winning. The placement though would be short lived, Buffalo released Tuel during the final preseason roster cuts.

Jeff Tuel would sign to the Bills’ practice squad and eventually would find himself in Jacksonville, but he would never be added to an active roster again in his career.

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