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E.J. Manuel | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237
College: Florida State
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During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."
That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid. May 24 - 8:49 AM

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Bills OC Greg Roman insists E.J. Manuel's roster spot is secure.

"I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job," Roman said. "There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from." We're not surprised Roman is sticking up for his player, but it's not exactly a secret that the Bills haven't been thrilled with Manuel's progress. We ultimately expect him to keep his roster spot, but his odds of winning the Bills' starting job are no better than 50 percent, and likely worse.
May 19 - 3:54 PM

Sources tell WKBW Buffalo that the Bills are willing to cut E.J. Manuel if he doesn't show serious progress this summer.

Some will be surprised the Bills are thinking about giving up on a first-round quarterback just two years into his career. Those people haven't seen Manuel play. Although he'll be given a chance to battle Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, we've seen nothing to suggest Manuel will come close to winning it -- especially since he has no ties to the new Rex Ryan regime. Assuming Manuel does end up on the chopping block in August, it's possible the Eagles will be willing to take a flier. Chip Kelly recruited Manuel while at Oregon and has since stated he'd like a chance to coach the Florida State flop. The Bills would clear roughly $2.8M in cap space by trading Manuel.
Source: WKBW.com
May 18 - 9:58 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes E.J. Manuel has a realistic chance to open the season as the Bills' starting quarterback.

Carucci says new coach Rex Ryan and OC Greg Roman are legitimately "open minded" about so-far-failed 2013 first-rounder Manuel, whose main competition is journeyman Matt Cassel. If he doesn't win the job over Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, Carucci believes the Bills will place Manuel on the trade block this summer.
May 15 - 3:33 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia gives E.J. Manuel just a 30 percent chance of winning the Bills' starting quarterback job.

He sets Matt Cassel as the favorite (55 percent) and Tyrod Taylor a distant third (14.5 percent). Coach Rex Ryan has promised an open training-camp battle, but the Bills' offseason moves point to Cassel opening the year as the starter on a team that will attempt to pound the rock and play elite defense. Cassel was a Pro Bowler on a 2010 Chiefs team that utilized the same formula.
Apr 10 - 1:34 PM

Coach Rex Ryan confirmed the Bills will have an open competition at quarterback.

The Bills added Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to compete with E.J. Manuel, and are expected to go with a three-man competition for their starting job. "It's going to be open. It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there," Ryan said. "We've got guys to work with. We’ll see what happens."
Mar 20 - 5:35 PM

Speaking on NFL Network, free agent C.J. Spiller says E.J. Manuel is too "buddy-buddy" with his teammates and needs to be more assertive.

Spiller noted the stark contrast between Manuel's easygoing approach and the style of veteran Kyle Orton, "who demands what he wants out of us." Buffalo struggled with Manuel under center and nearly made the playoffs with Orton, so it's obvious which approach resonated more with teammates. For Manuel to succeed in this league, he'll need to start showing some leadership. He'll also need to greatly improve his on-field performance, which has been borderline unwatchable for the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 3 - 10:27 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said he's "excited" about E.J. Manuel.

"He's a young man that has some potential," Ryan continued. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the Bills are without a first-round pick in quite possibly the weakest quarterback class in recent memory. Buffalo has poked around free agent Josh McCown. Manuel is going to find himself in a competition with a veteran like McCown or a draft pick. The Bills will be one of the NFL's run-heaviest teams in 2015.
Feb 18 - 12:30 PM

New Bills OC Greg Roman said he'll give E.J. Manuel "a very clean slate" as they head into the offseason.

"I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. I'd say we just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater," Roman said. "What [he] might've been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask him to do." Those are the most glowing words we've heard on Manuel from the Bills since the season ended. Manuel isn't going to be handed anything. Top beat writer Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to address quarterback in free agency and the draft.
Jan 28 - 1:00 PM

New coach Rex Ryan conceded that the Bills' quarterback situation is "unresolved."

"Unresolved" is putting it nicely. With Kyle Orton calling it quits, the only quarterbacks on the Bills' roster right now are E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel. It's an even worse situation than what Ryan dealt with for most of his tenure with the Jets. Speaking of that tenure, Rex said that free agent Mark Sanchez will "certainly" be under consideration as an addition. The regime change won't save Manuel.
Jan 15 - 9:14 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley has spoken in "glowing terms" about E.J. Manuel during head-coaching interviews and wants the new coach to "make the progress in developing Manuel."

Whaley is placing the blame on Doug Marrone and the previous coaching staff for Manuel's less-than-stellar start to his career. Of course, Whaley has admitted to being a key figure in Buffalo's selection of Manuel at No. 16 overall in the 2013 draft. The Bills are without a first-round pick in the upcoming draft. After Kyle Orton's retirement, Buffalo may be stuck with Manuel as its starter.
Jan 7 - 9:21 AM

Speaking Monday, GM Doug Whaley declined to endorse E.J. Manuel as the Bills' franchise quarterback.

"That's something we'll have to look at, something we'll have to go through with a fine-tooth comb," Whaley said. Whaley is committed to "exploring every option." We wouldn't have expected Whaley to throw his weight behind Manuel after he was benched for journeyman Kyle Orton, but it's notable nonetheless. With Orton "retiring" for the second time in as many years, Manuel is again atop the depth chart. Manuel is the favorite to be under center for Week 1, but with a roster ready to accomplish great things outside of quarterback, it's far from a given.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:07:00 PM

Coach Doug Marrone said "right now" he's not considering going back to E.J. Manuel.

Kyle Orton has posted back-to-back duds, leading the Bills to just one touchdown drive the past two weeks, and no touchdowns in the past 114-plus minutes of game time. He's struggling in the short-to-intermediate game and can't connect on the deep ball. Orton also hurt his toe Thursday night. Still, the Bills are in the playoff hunt, and Orton remains the better quarterback.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 11:02:00 AM

The Bills have benched E.J. Manuel for Kyle Orton.

After a seemingly promising 2-0 start where Buffalo "hid" Manuel by playing good defense and featuring the run game, the bottom fell out on E.J. the past two weeks. Through four weeks, he had completed just 58 percent of his passes with a 6.40 yards-per-attempt average. He took five sacks the past two weeks and threw a pair of interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Already 24 years old, Manuel is clearly best suited as an NFL backup. He often lacked confidence and poise on the field, and accuracy was always a major issue for Manuel dating back to his time at Florida State. Orton will be utilized similarly, as a game manager. He's worth grabbing as a low-ceiling option in two-quarterback leagues. We do suspect Orton gives Buffalo a better chance at feeding Sammy Watkins the rock than Manuel did.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 03:36:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 21-of-44 passes for 225 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Texans.

Despite the two touchdowns, it was one of Manuel's worst starts to date. The Bills offensive line couldn't contain J.J. Watt, allowing him to get a career-high six QB hits in the first half. Watt also picked-sixed Manuel on a deflected pass in the second quarter. Manuel hit Sammy Watkins for a five-yard slant on his first score, and later connected with Mike Williams for an 80-yard touchdown against blown coverage. The Bills inexplicably went pass-heavy against the Texans' bottom-ten run defense. Manuel is on pace for 3,352 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions through four games. He'll be a low-end QB2 in Week 5 against the Lions.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2E.J. Manuel
3Tyrod Taylor
4Jeff Tuel
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Bryce Brown
5Karlos Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Percy Harvin
2Robert Woods
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Justin Brown
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Charles Clay
2Chris Gragg
3MarQueis Gray
4Nick O'Leary
5Chris Manhertz
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay