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E.J. Manuel | Quarterback | #3

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (16) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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The Bills declined E.J. Manuel's 2017 fifth-year option.
This was an easy call. Manuel would've been in line for over $11.3 million in 2017 if the Bills had exercised the team option. Rookie Cardale Jones will give Manuel a run for No. 2 duties this season and very likely will take over as the direct backup next year. Manuel is more of a $3-5 million player. May 2 - 6:38 PM

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Bills GM Doug Whaley says the team has yet to make a decision on picking up E.J. Manuel's fifth-year option.

The team has until early May to do so. Although the options are guaranteed for injury only, we highly doubt the Bills will take the risk. The Redskins did so with Robert Griffin III, but RGIII at least had some good tape. Manuel has never been a successful NFLer. Even though the risk is slight, it's not worth it for the Bills.
Mar 21 - 1:48 PM

E.J. Manuel is in the Bills' plans for 2016.

Manuel struggled in two spot starts last year, but should return as a cost-effective backup. Buffalo is still expected to add a quarterback through the draft/free agency. Releasing Manuel would leave $2.8M in dead money.
Mar 3 - 9:25 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said E.J. Manuel is still the backup quarterback.

The Bills made Manuel a surprise inactive Thursday, leading to speculation Josh Johnson passed him on the depth chart. "We had a short week and Josh was really, he knew the game plan going in," Ryan said. "He knew the thing like the back of his hand — probably knew it better than Tyrod. And so that's the only reason. Manuel is our backup, and will be for the rest of the things."
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:10:00 PM

Bills QB E.J. Manuel is a healthy scratch for Week 10.

The No. 16 overall pick of the 2013 draft has been passed by Josh Johnson on the depth chart. A truly colossal bust, Manuel will likely be released in the offseason. He has one year left on his rookie contract.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 07:18:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 24-of-42 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 7 loss to the Jaguars in London.

Manuel was a disaster for most of the first half and turned the ball over three times in a span of six plays in the second quarter. The fumble and one of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns, and the second interception was converted into a touchdown three plays later. OC Greg Roman seemed to make adjustments to the offense following the interceptions, funneling throws to Robert Woods and Chris Hogan on the sidelines. Manuel responded to the changes by making a great throw to Woods for a touchdown and leading a field-goal drive to close out the half. He continued to move the ball effectively in the second half, and the Bills managed to take the lead with 18 points in the fourth quarter including a 58-yard bomb from Manuel to Marcus Easley. The Jags marched down the field to retake the lead, however, and Manuel sputtered on a failed two-minute drive to close out the game. Luckily for Bills’ fans, Tyrod Taylor (knee) should be able to return after the Week 8 bye.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 12:55:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 28-of-42 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Bills' Week 6 loss to the Bengals.

He added rushing 22 yards, including a one-yard touchdown. Manuel looked to be on his way to having a decent day after leading the offense right down the field on the opening drive, which he capped with his rushing score on a true QB keeper to the right. After the opening drive, Manuel missed a number of throws, under-throwing numerous balls, including his interception down the middle into double coverage. Manuel racked up a good chunk of his yards in garbage time. There was a report earlier Sunday that Manuel could challenge Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in Buffalo with a solid performance. That's not going to happen. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed as much after the game, saying he still considered starting Taylor on Sunday. Manuel is a backup in the NFL.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Sources tell NFL Network's Ian Rapoport E.J. Manuel could reopen the Bills' quarterback competition with a good game Sunday against the Bengals.

We'll believe it when we see it. Tyrod Taylor (knee) has gotten off to a great start while Manuel has been nothing but a bust throughout his two-plus seasons in the league. At one point this offseason, he was listed behind Matt Cassel on the team's depth chart. Nothing short of a mammoth effort would convince Rex Ryan to even consider benching Taylor for Manuel.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 09:32:00 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports E.J. Manuel will start Sunday against the Bengals.

This was expected after Manuel got the majority of first-team practice reps this week. There's some potential for a statement game from Manuel after his strong preseason, but he's not a recommended streaming option with Sammy Watkins (calf) questionable and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) at less than full health. Tyrod Taylor's MCL injury doesn't look like a multi-week injury, so Manuel shouldn't make more than one start.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team's confidence in backup QB E.J. Manuel allowed them to trade Matt Cassel to the Cowboys.

"This was more done by how we view EJ Manuel than Matt Cassel," Ryan said. "EJ will develop more as the two than the three." After looking like a sure-fire cut early in camp, Manuel put up a stellar preseason and is now just one hit from once again being an NFL starter. Manuel owns a 58.6-percent completion rate and a 16-to-12 touchdown-to-interception ratio through 15 career appearances.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 08:24:00 AM

Bills declared QB E.J. Manuel, LB Tony Steward, C Gabe Ikard, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Chris Gragg, DT Andre Fluellen and DT Stefan Charles inactive for Week 2 against the Patriots.

Manuel is a healthy scratch. He remains third on Buffalo's quarterback depth chart behind starter Tyrod Taylor and backup Matt Cassel. As expected, LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Percy Harvin (hip) are both active for Buffalo.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 11:50:00 AM

E.J. Manuel will serve as the Bills' No. 3 quarterback after the team re-signed Matt Cassel.

Manuel was briefly ordained Tyrod Taylor's backup, but is back at the end of the roster following Cassel's return. Depending on what happens in practice, it's still possible Manuel eventually leapfrogs Cassel if coach Rex Ryan decides a change is necessary at starter.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 01:18:00 PM

E.J. Manuel is expected to open the season as the Bills' No. 2 quarterback.

He's earned it with a phenomenal preseason. Manuel has completed 20-of-30 passes (66.7 percent) for 358 yards (11.9 YPA) and a 4:0 TD:INT ratio. GM Doug Whaley still "strongly supports" Manuel, whom Whaley picked 16th overall in 2013. Matt Cassel is expected to be released by Saturday afternoon.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 10:58:00 AM

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.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 05:02:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 05:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
3Mike Gillislee
4Jonathan Williams
5James Wilder Jr.
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
FB1Jerome Felton
2Glenn Gronkowski
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Leonard Hankerson
3Marcus Easley
4Jarrett Boykin
5Dezmin Lewis
WR21Robert Woods
2Greg Salas
3Greg Little
4Kolby Listenbee
5Walter Powell
WR31Greg Salas
TE1Charles Clay
2Jim Dray
3Nick O'Leary
4Blake Annen
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
LG1Richie Incognito
2Ryan Groy
C1Eric Wood
2Fernando Velasco
RG1John Miller
2Cyril Richardson
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay