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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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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. Nov 14 - 11:02 AM

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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.
Sep 29 - 3:36 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.
Sep 28 - 4:40 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.
Sep 26 - 6:32 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.
Sep 25 - 6:14 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.
Sep 24 - 2:26 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.
Sep 21 - 4:56 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.
Sep 14 - 4:37 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.
Sep 13 - 7:53 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.
Sep 7 - 4:32 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.
Sep 7 - 12:36 PM

E.J. Manuel was not selected as a captain for the Bills.

The Bills players elected CB Corey Graham, RB Fred Jackson, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Kyle Williams, DE Mario Williams and C Eric Wood their captains. Perhaps it's nothing, or perhaps it's a sign that the players realize that Manuel is not the man that's going to take them over the hump. We know the Bills' organization already has its doubts -- Kyle Orton was given an eye-opening $5 million to sign as the backup Saturday.
Sep 1 - 8:52 AM

E.J. Manuel completed 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards in the Bills' preseason finale Friday night.

Clearly worried about their sophomore quarterback, Manuel was allowed to handle three drives in the exhibition finale. He didn't deliver, while losing Sammy Watkins to a rib aggravation. Manuel wraps the preseason 50-of-82 passing (60.2 percent) for 517 yards (6.30 YPA), one touchdown, three turnovers, and six sacks taken. We'll be streaming fantasy defenses against the Bills this year.
Aug 28 - 7:54 PM

E.J. Manuel will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

"Some" of the Bills' first-team offense will suit up on Thursday. It's unusual for a starting quarterback to play in the finale, especially since Manuel and the Bills had an extra contest in the Hall-of-Fame Game. It's a sign that the Bills are (rightfully) concerned with Manuel's play this summer. Manuel has completed 47-of-75 passes for 461 yards (6.14 YPA), one touchdown and two picks. Manuel could end up a colossal draft bust.
Aug 25 - 1:47 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 19-of-28 passes for 198 yards with one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Bucs.

The interception wasn't Manuel's fault; Scott Chandler fell down on his route and allowed Dashon Goldson to get an easy pick. But Manuel had a couple of other near-interceptions that he forced into coverage. He also lost a fumble on a sack that was returned for a touchdown. Manuel's propensity to check down in the preseason has been the bigger concern. Buffalo's offense generated only 82 yards in the first half. Manuel's stat line would have looked a lot worse, but he was able to light up the Bucs' second-stringers in the third quarter. It's worth noting that Manuel was playing without Sammy Watkins. The Bills offensive line was also a major issue, allowing five sacks. In four preseason starts, Manuel has completed 47-of-75 passes (63 percent) for 461 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's not on the QB2 radar.
Aug 23 - 7:39 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kyle Orton
2E.J. Manuel
RB1Fred Jackson
2Anthony Dixon
3Bryce Brown
4C.J. Spiller
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Anthony Dixon
3RB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Thigpen
WR21Robert Woods
2Chris Hogan
3Marcus Easley
4Deonte Thompson
WR31Chris Hogan
TE1Scott Chandler
2Chris Gragg
3Lee Smith
4MarQueis Gray
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay