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E.J. Manuel | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237
College: Florida State
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WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes E.J. Manuel was the best quarterback at Bills minicamp.
Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor were apparently less than impressive, as Manuel "won" the minicamp with one strong performance on the final day. Per Buscaglia, Manuel's footwork looked good, he threw the ball with confidence, and he didn't make mental mistakes. If the season were to start today, Manuel would be the starter in Buscaglia's eyes. Unfortunately, it doesn't start today. Jun 19 - 9:32 AM

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E.J. Manuel added 10 pounds this offseason.

Manuel is bulking up in an effort to stay healthy. He’ll be asked to run more read-option under OC Greg Roman if he wins the starting job. Manuel has been splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor at OTAs.
May 30 - 8:04 PM

During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.

Bills OC Greg Roman insists E.J. Manuel's roster spot is secure.

"I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job," Roman said. "There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from." We're not surprised Roman is sticking up for his player, but it's not exactly a secret that the Bills haven't been thrilled with Manuel's progress. We ultimately expect him to keep his roster spot, but his odds of winning the Bills' starting job are no better than 50 percent, and likely worse.
May 19 - 3:54 PM

Sources tell WKBW Buffalo that the Bills are willing to cut E.J. Manuel if he doesn't show serious progress this summer.

Some will be surprised the Bills are thinking about giving up on a first-round quarterback just two years into his career. Those people haven't seen Manuel play. Although he'll be given a chance to battle Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, we've seen nothing to suggest Manuel will come close to winning it -- especially since he has no ties to the new Rex Ryan regime. Assuming Manuel does end up on the chopping block in August, it's possible the Eagles will be willing to take a flier. Chip Kelly recruited Manuel while at Oregon and has since stated he'd like a chance to coach the Florida State flop. The Bills would clear roughly $2.8M in cap space by trading Manuel.
May 18 - 9:58 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes E.J. Manuel has a realistic chance to open the season as the Bills' starting quarterback.

Carucci says new coach Rex Ryan and OC Greg Roman are legitimately "open minded" about so-far-failed 2013 first-rounder Manuel, whose main competition is journeyman Matt Cassel. If he doesn't win the job over Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, Carucci believes the Bills will place Manuel on the trade block this summer.
May 15 - 3:33 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia gives E.J. Manuel just a 30 percent chance of winning the Bills' starting quarterback job.

He sets Matt Cassel as the favorite (55 percent) and Tyrod Taylor a distant third (14.5 percent). Coach Rex Ryan has promised an open training-camp battle, but the Bills' offseason moves point to Cassel opening the year as the starter on a team that will attempt to pound the rock and play elite defense. Cassel was a Pro Bowler on a 2010 Chiefs team that utilized the same formula.
Apr 10 - 1:34 PM

Coach Rex Ryan confirmed the Bills will have an open competition at quarterback.

The Bills added Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to compete with E.J. Manuel, and are expected to go with a three-man competition for their starting job. "It's going to be open. It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there," Ryan said. "We've got guys to work with. We’ll see what happens."
Mar 20 - 5:35 PM

Speaking on NFL Network, free agent C.J. Spiller says E.J. Manuel is too "buddy-buddy" with his teammates and needs to be more assertive.

Spiller noted the stark contrast between Manuel's easygoing approach and the style of veteran Kyle Orton, "who demands what he wants out of us." Buffalo struggled with Manuel under center and nearly made the playoffs with Orton, so it's obvious which approach resonated more with teammates. For Manuel to succeed in this league, he'll need to start showing some leadership. He'll also need to greatly improve his on-field performance, which has been borderline unwatchable for the last two seasons.
Mar 3 - 10:27 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said he's "excited" about E.J. Manuel.

"He's a young man that has some potential," Ryan continued. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but the Bills are without a first-round pick in quite possibly the weakest quarterback class in recent memory. Buffalo has poked around free agent Josh McCown. Manuel is going to find himself in a competition with a veteran like McCown or a draft pick. The Bills will be one of the NFL's run-heaviest teams in 2015.
Feb 18 - 12:30 PM

New Bills OC Greg Roman said he'll give E.J. Manuel "a very clean slate" as they head into the offseason.

"I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. I'd say we just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater," Roman said. "What [he] might've been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask him to do." Those are the most glowing words we've heard on Manuel from the Bills since the season ended. Manuel isn't going to be handed anything. Top beat writer Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to address quarterback in free agency and the draft.
Jan 28 - 1:00 PM

New coach Rex Ryan conceded that the Bills' quarterback situation is "unresolved."

"Unresolved" is putting it nicely. With Kyle Orton calling it quits, the only quarterbacks on the Bills' roster right now are E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel. It's an even worse situation than what Ryan dealt with for most of his tenure with the Jets. Speaking of that tenure, Rex said that free agent Mark Sanchez will "certainly" be under consideration as an addition. The regime change won't save Manuel.
Jan 15 - 9:14 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley has spoken in "glowing terms" about E.J. Manuel during head-coaching interviews and wants the new coach to "make the progress in developing Manuel."

Whaley is placing the blame on Doug Marrone and the previous coaching staff for Manuel's less-than-stellar start to his career. Of course, Whaley has admitted to being a key figure in Buffalo's selection of Manuel at No. 16 overall in the 2013 draft. The Bills are without a first-round pick in the upcoming draft. After Kyle Orton's retirement, Buffalo may be stuck with Manuel as its starter.
Jan 7 - 9:21 AM

Speaking Monday, GM Doug Whaley declined to endorse E.J. Manuel as the Bills' franchise quarterback.

"That's something we'll have to look at, something we'll have to go through with a fine-tooth comb," Whaley said. Whaley is committed to "exploring every option." We wouldn't have expected Whaley to throw his weight behind Manuel after he was benched for journeyman Kyle Orton, but it's notable nonetheless. With Orton "retiring" for the second time in as many years, Manuel is again atop the depth chart. Manuel is the favorite to be under center for Week 1, but with a roster ready to accomplish great things outside of quarterback, it's far from a given.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:07:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 11:02:00 AM