October is the month for spooky stories of haunting ghosts and now a time for Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley to be haunted by personnel moves of veteran talent.

Fans and media are second guessing the trade of Matt Cassell now with the news that Tyrod Taylor has a sprained MCL. Cassell is good enough to be the starter for the Cowboys in two weeks and certainly would have gotten the nod in Buffalo this Sunday. Instead the Bills quarterback depth chart now has EJ Manuel and journeyman Josh Johnson.

Manuel has shown in preseason that he can now throw with accuracy, but again that was preseason. I think many Bills fans would like to see Manuel rise to the occasion, not just for the team’s sake, but his well. EJ is a like-able guy and has been a class act throughout.

The issue comes should Manuel go down against the Bengals. Josh Johnson will be able to little more than hand off and short throws with a very limited knowledge of Greg Roman’s vast playbook.

Another move that now haunts Whaley is the release of veteran running back Fred Jackson. With both McCoy and Williams out against the Titans the Bills were handing the ball off to an Heron, a back who had four days practice.

Jackson is nursing an ankle sprain in Seattle, but refuses to sit out like the warrior he is. LeSean McCoy on the other hand publicly proclaimed he will not play unless 100%. When was the last time Fred Jackson was 100% during the season, yet he refused to ride the bench.

McCoy is dictating to the team that he will return in his time, but word is the Bills are telling McCoy “No, the time is now”.

The Bills have established that Doug Whaley controls who is on the roster and Rex Ryan controls who plays. Now Whaley has tied Ryan’s hands by limiting his depth in key positions to untested journeyman. Rex cannot be happy with the options available as he faces one of the premier teams in the league in Cincinnati.

Should Tyrod Taylor’s injury force him out for more than two games the Bills could see a promising season fade away. Much like the memories of a team filled with veteran depth when training camp started.

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