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E.J. Manuel | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237
College: Florida State
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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

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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

E.J. Manuel (abdomen) is probable for Week 4.

Manuel practiced in full throughout the week. He's all systems go for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 06:32:00 PM

E.J. Manuel (abdomen) is practicing in full for Week 4.

The scattershot signal caller is in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Texans.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 06:14:00 PM

E.J. Manuel is listed on the Bills' injury report with an abdominal injury.

Manuel practiced in full on Wednesday, so it's not a concern for his Week 4 status. The Bills are likely to go run-heavy this week in a matchup with a Houston defense allowing 141.7 yards per game to opposing running backs.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 02:26:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 23-of-39 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers Week 3.

Manuel added 24 yards on the ground. The stat line does not look terrible, but it was inflated by 81 yards on a meaningless final drive. Manuel was his normal inaccurate self against the Chargers, going 7-of-21 on passes thrown at wide receivers. He also made several mental mistakes, including an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone that cost the Bills a safety. The Bills want to keep Manuel in a game-manager role, but his legs will keep him an interesting QB2 in deeper formats.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:56:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 16-of-26 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 win over Miami.

Manuel locked on to Sammy Watkins, targeting him 11 times. His touchdown came on a 12-yard crossing pattern to Watkins in the third quarter. Watkins dropped a 45-yard touchdown or Manuel would of had a bigger game. He was able to manage with the Bills struggling to establish their run game. Buffalo didn't use much zone-read this week, giving Manuel just four carries. Manuel showed good ball placement on his downfield throws and didn't have any turnovers. The Bills have a plus matchup with the Chargers secondary in Week 3.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:37:00 PM

The Bills ran 22 of their 57 offensive plays from a zone-read formation in Week 1.

It's a continuation of last year, when Buffalo had the second most zone-read plays in the NFL. E.J. Manuel had six carries for 19 yards in Sunday's win, including a two-yard touchdown. Coming off three separate knee injuries, the Bills don't want to overuse Manuel in the run game, but he's going to remain a major part of their goal-line offense. Manuel is a threat to score again this week against a Dolphins team playing without two of their starting linebackers.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 07:53:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 16-of-22 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday's Week 1 win over Chicago, adding six carries for 19 yards and a touchdown.

Manuel's only mistake was his interception in the third quarter. (He tried forcing a pass to Marquise Goodwin downfield when he should have checked down). It was an otherwise encouraging game after he struggled to move the offense in the preseason. Manuel targeted Robert Woods a team-high six times and connected with him on a 32-yard throw in the second half. The Bills called only 22 pass plays, and will continue to ask Manuel to manage games moving forward. Because of his rushing ability, Manuel is back on the low-end QB2 radar.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 04:32:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills are "not afraid to pull the trigger" on a move to Kyle Orton.

As expected, Manuel is on the hot seat even before Week 1 starts. We already knew this, as the win-now Bills gave Orton starter's money to sign and step in if/when Manuel falters. The second-year man will not have a long leash in these first four games: at Chicago, vs. Miami, vs. San Diego and at Houston.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 12:36:00 PM