Manuel, Spiller keys to Bills' offence

The Buffalo Bills are hoping first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel is their man at quarterback. (Rick...

The Buffalo Bills are hoping first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel is their man at quarterback. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images/AFP)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

The Buffalo Bills are kid-proofing the offence.

Offensive co-ordinator Nate Hackett is installing a no-huddle, hurry-up style, a la the Patriots.

Except he doesn’t have Tom Brady.

And, he doesn’t have a half-dozen accomplished NFL route-running artists to make defences dizzy.

What he does have is running back C.J. Spiller, who began to deliver on his prospect status last year. And, it appears he will be pairing the fourth-year tailback with rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel.

Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters he hadn’t made a decision on whether veteran Kevin Kolb or Manuel would start against the Colts Sunday in the opening pre-season game. But Kolb has been underwhelming in camp, plus he hasn’t practiced all week after slipping on a mat and hurting his knee — as well as leaving to attend a family funeral.


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