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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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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

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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

E.J. Manuel completed 17-of-27 passes for 148 yards and an interception in Saturday night's preseason game.

Manuel wasn't able to build off his strong week of joint practices against the Steelers. He was forced to play the entire first half without Sammy Watkins and mostly checked down, averaging just 8.7 yards per completion. His longest play came on a 30-yard pass to Robert Woods in the second quarter. Manuel has competed 28-of-37 passes for 263 yards (7.11 YPA) though three preseason games, but has yet to throw a touchdown.
Aug 16 - 9:28 PM

E.J. Manuel had "one of his most accurate throwing days" in a joint practice with the Steelers Thursday.

Manuel completed 13 of his first 16 passes and "looked clear headed with most of his decision making." WR Mike Williams said, "This was the best I have ever seen him." Manuel has struggled throughout training camp and the preseason, but has put several solid practices together over the last week. If Manuel can improve, the Bills offense has a chance to surprise this season.
Aug 16 - 1:48 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 9-of-13 passes for 96 yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Panthers

Manuel looked more decisive in the pocket this week after struggling in Buffalo's preseason opener. There was still some concern to his game. Manuel took a sack and failed to score touchdowns on both of his red-zone possessions. His longest play was a 32-yard completion to Chris Hogan on the Bills' first drive. Through two preseason games, Manuel has completed 11-of-20 passes for 115 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He'll take on the Steelers next week.
Aug 8 - 8:44 PM

E.J. Manuel's struggles have continued in practice at Bills camp.

In each of Buffalo's practices since the Hall of Fame game -- where Manuel went 2-of-7 passing for 19 yards with three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage -- E.J. has reportedly been "apprehensive, indecisive and mostly inaccurate." He's shown a tendency to stare down his first read, pat the football, and "either take a sack or throw an inaccurate pass." The Bills badly need the light to come on soon for Manuel. We remain highly skeptical it will.
Aug 6 - 11:20 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 2-of-7 passes for 19 yards in Buffalo's preseason opener against the Giants.

It looked like the Giants' defenders could easily read Manuel's eyes, as he had more passes batted down at the line of scrimmage (3) than completions, and couldn't get Buffalo's offense moving. We've been skeptical about Manuel's pro prospects since he came out of Florida State, and this was a poor showing following a poor rookie year. He's no more than a QB3 in fantasy leagues.
Aug 3 - 8:54 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Jeff Tuel
3Kyle Orton
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
WR21Mike Williams
2Robert Woods
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Scott Chandler
2Lee Smith
3Chris Gragg
K1Dan Carpenter