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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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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

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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

At their season-ending pressers Monday, both coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley threw support behind E.J. Manuel as the Bills' 2014 starter.

"Absolutely," was Whaley's answer. Buffalo made Manuel the 16th pick in April's draft. He went on to suffer three separate knee injuries as a rookie, missing six games and finishing with an 11:9 TD-to-INT ratio. Manuel's skill set reminds of Jake Locker. He is athletic and flashes big-time tools in doses, but has a long way to go as a pocket passer and is ultimately a project.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 04:11:00 PM

E.J. Manuel "isn't sure yet" if his most recent knee injury will require surgery.

According to Manuel, all he has planned for now is "physical therapy and strength training." A new operation would be Manuel's second since being the No. 16 overall pick of last April's draft. It's definitely an issue. If Manuel goes under the knife, it would be a major setback were he not ready for OTAs. Few players need a full offseason program more than Buffalo's shaky rookie signal caller.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 01:19:00 PM

E.J. Manuel (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Patriots, and Thad Lewis will make his fifth start of the season.

Coach Doug Marrone said Manuel didn't progress as much as the team had initially expected him to, so Lewis will start again this week. Lewis completed 15-of-25 passes for 193 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in last week's 19-0 win over the Dolphins. He's not a fantasy option. Manuel has now suffered three knee injuries since being drafted. He should be ready for OTAs.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 12:11:00 PM

E.J. Manuel (knee) is practicing Thursday.

He was officially limited. Manuel has a chance to start Sunday's season finale, but it's worth noting that Thad Lewis was getting the initial first-team reps Thursday. Per coach Doug Marrone, Manuel is "still being evaluated." Marrone says the "game plan, forecast and health status" are all going into the team's Week 17 decision. "It's not as easy as people think." The situation will be updated on Friday.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 11:50:00 AM

E.J. Manuel (knee) is practicing Tuesday.

Manuel was held out of Sunday's win over the Dolphins with a left knee sprain. The fact that he was able to practice Tuesday is a positive sign for his chances at returning this week. Barring a setback, the Bills plan to start Manuel for Sunday's game against the Patriots. His status will be updated again on Thursday.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Bills coach Doug Marrone left the door open Monday for E.J. Manuel (knee) to miss Week 17 against the Patriots.

One week after claiming he was "110 percent confident" Manuel would start Buffalo's season finale, Marrone has made a reversal. Winning games likely isn't foremost on the Bills' mind at this point in the year, but Thad Lewis did help engineer a 19-0 win over Miami on Sunday. Manuel has suffered three knee injuries during his rookie season. He'd start if he was deemed fully healthy.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 02:06:00 PM

Coach Doug Marrone said he's "110 percent confident" E.J. Manuel (knee) will start in Week 17.

Manuel won't play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins due to a lack of mobility. The rookie is dealing with his third knee injury of the season, but the Bills aren't shutting him down. "Every snap, every time we can get him in there, that type of experience, the better and better he gets," said Marrone.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:32:00 AM

E.J. Manuel (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16, and Thad Lewis will make the start against the Dolphins.

Manuel sprained his left knee last Sunday against the Jaguars. He practiced on Wednesday, but there's too much swelling on the knee. Coach Doug Marrone believes Lewis gives the Bills their best chance to win this week. Marrone thinks Manuel will be back to start against the Patriots in Week 17. Jeff Tuel will back Lewis up. Obviously, the Dolphins' defense becomes an even more enticing defense for fantasy Super Bowl week. Stevie Johnson also will not play.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 01:42:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Thad Lewis
3Jeff Tuel
4Dennis Dixon
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Ronnie Wingo
5Anthony Allen
GLB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
2Evan Rodriguez
WR11Stevie Johnson
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
4Chris Summers
5Ramses Barden
WR21Mike Williams
2Robert Woods
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
5Brandon Kaufman
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Scott Chandler
2Chris Gragg
3Lee Smith
4Tony Moeaki
5Mike Caussin
K1Dan Carpenter
2Dustin Hopkins