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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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E.J. Manuel completed 7-of-8 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo's third preseason game.
Manuel started and played the first two series, throwing a 67-yard touchdown to a wide-open Charles Clay. He re-entered the game in the third quarter and immediately threw a second touchdown. Manuel is now 20-of-30 passing for 358 yards and four touchdowns through three preseason games. The Bills starting quarterback will likely come down to Manuel or Tyrod Taylor. Aug 29 - 5:02 PM

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Rex Ryan "isn’t putting much stock" in the third preseason game.

"About as much stock as I put in the other ones. I don’t say ‘here is the dress rehearsal.’ It’s not that this game is more important. I don’t look at it that way." E.J. Manuel is starting the third preseason game, but isn’t a serious contender for the Week 1 job. Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel will rotate with the first team. The No. 2 quarterback through Buffalo’s rotation should ultimately be more telling on who the Bills plan to start.
Aug 28 - 5:13 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes there's been "nothing at camp that indicates" E.J. Manuel is a serious contender for the Bills' starting job.

This has been the consensus all summer long, making it all the more baffling that coach Rex Ryan has decided Manuel will start this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. The most sensible theory is that Ryan is trying to throw the Colts off before Week 1, but Ryan has to know presumptive starter Taylor needs all the preseason reps with the 1s he can get. Perhaps the Bills believe Manuel could generate trade interest with a decent showing. Whatever the reasoning, it's hard to understand.
Aug 27 - 7:49 PM

E.J. Manuel will start Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.

With Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel locked in a tight battle, coach Rex Ryan is going with a player who's been a distant No. 3 all summer for his team's regular season dress rehearsal. Ryan did add he expects all three quarterbacks to spend time with the first-team offense. It's quite possible Ryan has already settled on his starter — with Taylor being the favorite — and Manuel is merely a diversionary tactic for the Colts, who are coming to Buffalo in Week 1.
Aug 27 - 1:31 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan said there is a "high possibility" the Bills keep three quarterbacks.

This is great news for E.J. Manuel, who is well behind Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel on the depth chart. The Bills' website reported the team feels "there's still some ceiling to be reached" for Manuel. That may be true, but it has to be concerning Manuel was easily beaten by two "talents" like Cassel and Taylor in camp.
Aug 22 - 12:43 PM

The Bills are expected to keep three quarterbacks.

Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel are Buffalo’s top two quarterbacks. The Bills reportedly feel "there’s still some ceiling to be reached" with E.J. Manuel and plan to carry him as their No. 3. Manuel has worked exclusively with the backups in two preseason games, completing 13-of-22 passes (59.1 percent) for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Aug 21 - 7:02 PM

Speaking Sunday, coach Rex Ryan announced E.J. Manuel will quarterback the third-team offense in Buffalo's second preseason game.

Manuel also practiced with the threes in Sunday's session. He's clearly fallen behind Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel on the depth chart. Cassel started Buffalo's exhibition opener, while Taylor will start the second preseason game. Rex did say Manuel will play the most snaps in the second exhibition affair.
Aug 16 - 1:21 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 4-of-7 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's preseason opener.

Manuel was the No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. He fumbled his first two snaps, but was able to bounce back with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Thompson. Playing against second and third-stringers, Manuel did a better job going through his progressions. Manuel remains a distant third in Buffalo's quarterback competition.
Aug 14 - 10:42 PM

According to WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio, E.J. Manuel "can't get off the mat" and is falling "further and further" behind in the Bills' QB competition.

Per Capaccio, Manuel's inaccuracy has been glaring as he continues to sail passes out of bounds without giving his receivers chances to catch them. With two preseason games coming up here in a short span for the Bills, Manuel will "really have to do something special" to remain in this competition.
Aug 14 - 9:35 AM

ABC Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes it's "fair" to say E.J. Manuel has been the Bills' third-best quarterback in camp.

Any way you look at it, Manuel has fallen behind Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. Manuel's raw talent hasn't disappeared, but it has been his rawness that's defined him through two NFL seasons. He's looking unlikely to make starts for Rex Ryan's offense this season, and might not even make the team.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Aug 11 - 3:35 PM

E.J. Manuel will be the Bills' No. 3 quarterback for Friday's preseason opener.

Coach Rex Ryan hinted that won't necessarily be the case for the second preseason game, but Manuel's current standing is crystal clear. He must really be struggling in practice to fall behind journeyman Matt Cassel and unproven commodity Tyrod Taylor. It's not a given Manuel keeps his roster spot if things keep trending in the same direction.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 1:59 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia said Thursday's practice was a "good step in the right direction" for E.J. Manuel.

Buscaglia added that he "didn't like" Matt Cassel's day. At this point, it's anyone's guess who the signal caller will be for Week 1. The Bills' pecking order at quarterback seems to change every 24 hours. Buffalo's quarterbacks won't be asked to do much this year as Rex Ryan favors a ground and pound offense. Considering their options, that's probably for the best.
Aug 6 - 12:24 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes E.J. Manuel was the best quarterback at Bills minicamp.

Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor were apparently less than impressive, as Manuel "won" the minicamp with one strong performance on the final day. Per Buscaglia, Manuel's footwork looked good, he threw the ball with confidence, and he didn't make mental mistakes. If the season were to start today, Manuel would be the starter in Buscaglia's eyes. Unfortunately, it doesn't start today.
Jun 19 - 9:32 AM

E.J. Manuel added 10 pounds this offseason.

Manuel is bulking up in an effort to stay healthy. He’ll be asked to run more read-option under OC Greg Roman if he wins the starting job. Manuel has been splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor at OTAs.
May 30 - 8:04 PM

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.

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Tyrod Taylor
3E.J. Manuel
4Matt Simms
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Karlos Williams
5Bryce Brown
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Robert Woods
2Percy Harvin
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Andre Davis
WR31Percy Harvin
TE1Charles Clay
2Matthew Mulligan
3MarQueis Gray
4Chris Gragg
5Nick O'Leary
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay