E.J. Manuel QB BUF 3 hours ago

GM Doug Whaley says that fourth-round pick Cardale Jones will not displace Manuel on the depth chart right away, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Very comfortable," said Whaley about Manuel. "If you look around the league we think he's as good a number two as most out there. He's a No. 2 for a reason as are a lot of other guys. We think he could come in and hold serve if Tyrod loses some playing time. He's a consummate professional and he's going to try to get better and better each day."

Competitive Edge Analysis

A large percentage of the Buffalo faithful seems just about done with Manuel - who's never really done much of anything after being a surprise first-round draft pick in 2013 - but Whaley still has faith in him. (The fact that Whaley made such a big bet on Manuel can't hurt in the faith department.) That said, Manuel is certainly more polished than the project Jones, and for all his troubles he has carried himself well through the down periods and injuries, while his teammates seem to like him. In any matter, neither Manuel nor Jones is any threat to Tyrod Taylor's starting role.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 3 months ago

Manuel started two games in 2015 when Tyrod Taylor was injured, both losses as the Bills fell to the Bengals and Jaguars in back-to-back weeks. He finished the season 52-of-84 for 561 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The performances on paper were actually better than what took place on the field, as Manuel pretty much single-handedly lost the Jags game in London, which derailed a somewhat promising season at the time for Rex Ryan's boys. He never tossed a pass after that, and while the team speaks highly of his work ethic and attitude, it remains to be seen if the former first-rounder can capably lead an NFL offense. We'll see if GM Doug Whaley sticks by his guy for one more season, though Taylor is the clear starter entering the 2016 season.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 5 months ago

Manuel is in uniform and will serve as the Bills' backup QB on Monday against the Patriots.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fellow QB Josh Johnson is inactive for the contest, with Manuel thus a Tyrod Taylor injury away from handling the Bills' QB snaps.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago

Manuel is inactive for Thursday's game at the Jets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Apparently, the team isn't quite as confident as they said following one of the more disastrous QB performances seen on TV, er, the internet, this season when the Bills lost to Jacksonville in London. Josh Johnson will back up Tyrod Taylor in this one, while Manuel's long-term status seems as dicey as ever. It's hard to see the 2013 first-rounder working out with this franchise.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago

Manuel completed 24-of-42 passes for 298 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday against the Jaguars in London. He also rushed eight times for 38 yards and fumbled twice, losing one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manuel really struggled throughout the game, though his passing yards were respectable after the Bills were forced to air it out in the second half after trailing 27-3 in the second quarter. Playing without Percy Harvin (hip) and Sammy Watkins (ankle), Manuel threw 24 passes to wideouts Robert Woods and Chris Hogan, with Woods leading the team by catching nine of 13 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown. Manuel was reportedly going to be given a shot to compete for the starting job with a good showing Sunday, but he didn't do nearly enough to justify that opportunity, and Tyrod Taylor is expected to return from his knee injury in Week 9 against the Dolphins following their Week 8 bye.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago1 Comment

Manuel is in line to start Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars after fellow quarterback Tyrod Taylor (ankle) was ruled out for the contest, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Bills will head to London for the Week 7 matchup that will take place at 9:30 ET US, and it looks like Manuel will get his second straight start at quarterback. He'll be without top options Sammy Watkins (ankle) and Percy Harvin (hip), however, so Buffalo may still be conservative with their passing attack. With limited options in Week 6, Manuel still managed to complete 66.7 percent of his passes for 263 yards and a score, but the Bills did lean heavily on the running game in that contest. Look for more of the same Sunday, as LeSean McCoy should be ready to be deployed at near-full capacity.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago

Manuel completed 28-of-42 passes for 263 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and added 22 yards with a rushing touchdown on six carries in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manuel once again supplemented mediocre production through the air with strong rushing output. The Bills quarterback continues to be the most dependable fantasy option on the team, although running back LeSean McCoy also contributed with a solid effort in his return from a hamstring injury.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago

Manuel's teammate Tyrod Taylor (knee) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manuel gets his first start since Week 4 of last season while also getting his chance to show the football world he's improved from two rocky seasons as a pro. Taylor has far exceeded everyone's expectations through five games, so it'd take a major feat for Manuel to pull a coup d'etat on the starting position. That seems pretty unlikely given coach Rex Ryan's praise for Taylor's play so far.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago1 Comment

Manuel will start at quarterback in place of the injured Tyrod Taylor (knee), according to multiple reports, Pro Football Talk reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

We'll be waiting for something official from the team, which could happen close to the 1:00pm ET kickoff. Manuel got a lot of reps with the first-team offense this week.

E.J. Manuel QB BUF 6 months ago

Manuel's teammate Tyrod Taylor (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "He wants to go, but we'll see."

Competitive Edge Analysis

It looks like at best Manuel will get just one start, as Taylor has healed quicker than originally thought, and he may even get none. It looks like the decision will be made Sunday morning for those desperate enough to be considering Manuel, though the Bills do kick off in the early wave of games.