QB Jeff Tuel - Free Agent
|6-3, 218||Born: 2-12-1991||College: Washington State||Drafted: ---|
2013 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 20 / 80 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tuel did a nice job stepping in for Manuel and finishing off the drive with a touchdown, but that's about the extent of the positive impact he had on Thursday's game. After the TD, Tuel's next six dropbacks were a nightmare as he threw four ugly incompletions, including one near INT on a flea flicker and took two sacks. The offense went three straight drives without a first down and only mustered one first down through the first four drives. Tuel consistently stared his receivers down and that would ultimately be his and the team's downfall. Attempting to drive the Bills down the field for a game-winning TD drive; Tuel opened with two safe completions on a screen to Jackson and a quick out to Chris Hogan. On the very next play Tuel took the snap and never moved his eyes off Woods in the slot. T.J. Ward easily followed Tuel's eyes and stepped in front of the quick slant for the easy, and back breaking, pick six. Sadly Tuel's best throw came a drive late and wasn't even caught as TJ Graham had the pretty deep throw clank off his hands. A tough spot to step in for the rookie, Tuel just wasn't ready for the bright lights.
2013 Week 9 vs KC (18 / 39 / 229 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Tuel stepped in for an injured Thad Lewis on Sunday and unfortunately made some egregious errors that the team was unable to recover from in what should have been Kansas City's first loss of 2013. Tuel opened the game with the same script Lewis had; safe, short throws while the offense relied heavily on the running game. Despite opening the game inside his own 10-yard line on the game's opening drive, Tuel managed to flip the field as he connected on his first three throws. Ultimately the drive stalled, however, as Scott Chandler had a horrible drop on 3rd down that would have extended the drive. Tuel opened the next drive with another floating completion, this time to Robert Woods for 18 yards. Two plays later, Tuel took his first of two shots down the field. What would become an issue on nearly all of his deep throws with the exception of one, the rookie both threw late and underthrew TJ Graham on the deep incompletion. Tuel quickly redeemed himself two plays later, taking another deep shot to his other speedy wide-out Marquise Goodwin. The pass was on time, which allowed Goodwin to run under the throw without breaking stride and easily walk into the end zone for a 59-yard TD. The elation following what was probably his best throw of the game was short-lived, however, as Tuel promptly followed the touchdown with his first of two INTs on the ensuing drive. Trying to hit Chandler on an intermediate route, Tuel grossly overthrew his target and the pass sailed right into the diving arms of Kendrick Lewis. Surprisingly poised, Tuel seemed unfazed by the INT and went right back to completing (safe) passes as he connected on five straight and moved the offense deep into Kansas City territory. The former Wazzu Cougar took a bit of a chance on 3rd down as he was able to thread the needle on a throw to Woods in the end zone, but his wide receiver couldn't hold on and the highly contested pass fell incomplete. Halftime and eight straight running plays would cover the time until Tuel's next official pass (Tuel was again late on throw to a wide-open Chandler in the end zone, but was saved by a pass interference penalty), but there's no doubt Bill's fans and players wish the offense would have waited one more play. Facing 3rd and goal from the one-yard line, the game was completely turned on its head with one horrifying throw from Tuel. Johnson was lined up in the slot with Graham just outside of him when Tuel took the snap. Clearly locked into Graham pre-snap, Tuel never saw Sean Smith completely blow his coverage on Stevie Johnson and threw the quick slant to Graham with no hesitation. Johnson literally shook Smith so bad, he stumbled right into the space in which Tuel expected Graham to run into. Smith easily snatched the pass up as it was thrown right into his hands and returned it for a 99-yard TD. In one play the Bills went from a potential 17-3 lead to a 10-10 tie and the offense never recovered. Covering two drives, Tuel missed his next four throws including a fade to Graham on 4th down that had the throw been on target would have been a big gain. Able to use a questionable roughing the passer penalty to extend the latter of the two drives, Tuel finally completed a pass as he hit Chandler for 10 yards on an out and another to Spiller for 27 yards on a swing pass. The Bills eventually would settle for a FG following two more incompletions from Tuel, but the dagger came on the following drive. Just three plays into drive and only trailing by three, Tuel hit Graham on a shallow crosser but Graham promptly fumbled and the Chiefs were able to turn a third Buffalo turnover into points as it was returned by Tamba Hali for a TD. While the defense continued to keep the offense within a score, Tuel couldn't string together enough throws over the final three drives to make it matter. After badly underthrowing a behind-the-coverage Goodwin on the first drive following the Graham fumble, Tuel missed him again the following drive. It appeared Goodwin made a tremendous catch, but replay was unable to overturn the call on the field. Ironically, while Tuel consistently underthrew the deep ball the majority of his incompletions at the end of the game were overthrows on shorter routes. Two drives stalled with sailing throws to Chandler, while the final drive of the game ended with a sailing pass to Johnson. Tuel had his moments, namely the TD pass to Goodwin, but was nowhere near good enough to overcome some glaringly bad decisions and throws.