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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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ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported on SportsCenter that E.J. Manuel added ten pounds of muscle this offseason and is up to 247.
Manuel's Scouting Combine measurement was 6-foot-4 5/8 and 237 pounds. The muscle gain is ostensibly an attempt to improve Manuel's durability after he missed six games as a rookie. Manuel's injuries were to his knee, however. The Bills are hoping for a sophomore leap from Manuel, but we remain skeptical. Jul 21 - 11:06 AM

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Reports on Bills second-year QB E.J. Manuel's OTA and minicamp performance have been decidedly mixed.

A previous ESPN report claimed Manuel was struggling with accuracy and showing a trend of sailing passes high. Another from WGR 550 discusses Manuel's inconsistencies and throwing an "easy interception" to UDFA DB Deon Broomfield. We left Manuel's rookie year feeling skeptical of his NFL future.
Jun 19 - 5:50 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak said second-year QB E.J. Manuel struggled with accuracy during OTAs.

Manuel had "multiple" passes sail high during the Bills' final practice, and it was reportedly "a trend during the three weeks of OTAs." The Bills are loaded at offensive skill positions, but Manuel has to play better for Buffalo to reach its full potential. We are not optimistic he will.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 1:33 PM

E.J. Manuel said he worked out with Colin Kaepernick in the offseason and "just tried to follow his lead."

"The biggest thing for me was improving on situational football and being smarter," Manuel continued. He also said he feels 100 percent after undergoing three knee operations as a rookie. Both Manuel and Kaepernick stand in at 6-foot-5 and roughly 230-235 pounds, though Manuel lacks some of the running ability Kaepernick has. The Bills have a talent-laden roster but need Manuel to make a sophomore leap to surge up the AFC East standings.
Jun 3 - 10:37 AM

E.J. Manuel is working on improving his reads.

"Obviously being a young guy sometimes you would look past somebody in a progression when you could’ve just held on a half second longer and he may have come open," Manuel said Thursday. "You want to be quick, but you don’t want to be too fast where you’re just overlooking guys." Manuel has all the physical tools to be a successful NFL quarterback, but has to take a giant leap forward with the more subtle aspects of signal calling.
May 29 - 6:39 PM

Coach Doug Marrone said it's now "like a light going off" when talking with the Bills quarterbacks about the offensive playbook.

E.J. Manuel was wildly inconsistent as he digested OC Nathaniel Hackett's offense during his rookie campaign. Now he's in the "advanced stages" of the scheme, according to Marrone. After adding Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams to weaponry that already included C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Robert Woods, and a rock-solid offensive line, supporting cast is no longer an excuse. The Bills are betting the house that Manuel can take a major leap forward.
May 12 - 8:22 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley told reporters surrounding E.J. Manuel with as much talent as possible is a high priority.

"It’s a quarterback-driven league," said Whaley. "Our main focus is making sure E.J. progresses." Most mocks have the Bills taking a tackle at pick No. 9, but a North Carolina TE Eric Ebron would make sense as well. Buffalo has the roster to make a playoff push in 2014 if Manuel takes a leap forward. Based on his rookie-year performance, we're not overwhelmingly optimistic.
Apr 26 - 9:17 AM

E.J. Manuel (knee surgery) was a full participant in day one of offseason workouts.

Manuel sprained his LCL and missed the final two games of the season before undergoing surgery in January. It was his third knee operation as a rookie. The Bills are "all in" on Manuel for 2014. He needs to be much more consistent as a sophomore. Buffalo has a playoff caliber roster aside from quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 8:53 AM

The Bills are "all in" on E.J. Manuel as their franchise quarterback.

It confirms Buffalo won't be targeting any of the top three quarterbacks with the No. 9 overall pick. Manuel is coming off an injury-filled rookie year and was inconsistent when healthy, but the Bills want to see what he can do over a full season before making a decision on his future. Three months removed from his January knee scope, Manuel is ready for the start of OTAs. Manuel shouldn't face any competition for his starting job in 2014.
Apr 5 - 2:35 PM

Bills coach Doug Marrone stated at the league meetings Tuesday that E.J. Manuel (knee surgeries) will be ready for all offseason workouts.

It's good news for Manuel, who wasn't ready to play in the NFL as a rookie and additionally suffered three separate knee injuries, two requiring surgery. He was outplayed by Thad Lewis. We're still surprised the Bills were so quiet on the free agent quarterback market. They arguably have a playoff-ready roster at every position save signal caller, right tackle, and free safety.
Mar 25 - 7:31 AM

ESPN's Louis Riddick calls the Bills' quarterback situation "one I could see going off the rails in a bad way very quickly."

Riddick is an avid game-tape watcher and has quickly become one of our favorite football analysts. He believes there are "not many excuses left for Buffalo to not start seriously contending in their division." It's true that the Bills have pieces in place to be an AFC East contender, particularly on defense and in the run game. E.J. Manuel played nearly as poorly as a rookie as Geno Smith, but hasn't received half as much criticism because E.J. plays in a far smaller market. Manuel will have to improve in a major way as a sophomore to prevent GM Doug Whaley from going back to the drawing board at quarterback in 2015.
Feb 16 - 4:35 PM

E.J. Manuel (left knee scope) plans to wear a brace in 2014.

"I’ll probably have to wear a brace from here on out," Manuel said Thursday. "When you have some defenders come down on you, you don’t want to have to risk getting whatever type of knee injury. I’ll have a brace, but it won’t inhibit me still being able to take off and run." Manuel mentioned Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning as players who wear braces, but left out Robert Griffin III. RGIII's brace appeared to inhibit him at times in 2013. Manuel needs to do whatever he can to avoid further knee injuries, but wearing a brace is never ideal.
Jan 30 - 2:40 PM

E.J. Manuel underwent a clean-up procedure on his left knee earlier this month.

The "in-and-out" operation is related to the "minor" knee sprain Manuel suffered in Week 15. It's the same knee he had operated on in August. Speaking after Week 17, Manuel claimed he was unsure if he'd go under the knife, saying only "physical therapy and strength training" were planned. However, it sounds like the surgery was performed shortly after the season ended. Manuel appears well on track to be ready for the Bills' offseason program, but It's definitely a concern for a player who suffered three knee injuries as a rookie, and was shaky — at best — as the Bills' starting quarterback. Manuel can't afford to miss any practice reps ahead of 2014.
Jan 30 - 2:06 PM

Bills coach Doug Marrone plans to hire a quarterbacks coach this offseason.

The 2013 Bills made the rare decision to have no QBs coach on staff despite a rookie quarterback, letting rookie OC Nathaniel Hackett double down on the job. "Having just Nathaniel was a very difficult situation, one that we didn’t foresee," admitted Marrone. "But it was the situation we were in." Manuel's position coach-less rookie year had more worrisome than promising moments. We're skeptical Manuel will make a major statistical leap in 2014.
Jan 20 - 3:00 PM

Bills coach Doug Marrone plans to expand his team's usage of the passing game in 2014.

Buffalo finished 24th in pass attempts and first in rushes, but ranked 22nd in points. "We would like to be able to take more shots, throw it more on first down and become more productive from the standpoint of scoring," said Marrone. "Make no mistake, you have to have a better ratio than what we had." The Bills will simultaneously hope overmatched rookie E.J. Manuel is up to the task. He suffered three separate knee injuries in 2013, and struggled when healthy.
Jan 13 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Thad Lewis
3Jeff Tuel
4Dennis Dixon
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
5Ronnie Wingo
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
2Evan Rodriguez
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
4Chris Summers
5Naaman Roosevelt
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
5Kevin Elliott
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Tony Moeaki
3Lee Smith
4Chris Gragg
5Dominique Jones
K1Dan Carpenter
2Dustin Hopkins