E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Manuel completed just nine of 20 pass attempts for 86 yards and gained eight yards on two carries during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

The coaching staff expressed a desire to see Manuel play a complete game, but his poor performance resulted in Cardale Jones entering the fray to get some reps of his own. Manuel contributed in just four games on the season and his inability to move the ball against what has been a wretched Jets defense does not bode well for his chances of remaining in Buffalo after his current contract expires in the offseason.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Interim coach Anthony Lynn says he'd like to see Manuel start and finish Sunday's game at the Jets, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It's really hard to get a good look at two quarterbacks in one game," said Lynn. "I want to get a really good look at EJ. So, if it's a good game I'm going to leave EJ in and let him roll."

EDGE Analysis

The Bills would also like to see what raw rookie Cardale Jones can do, but if Lynn's comments are to be taken at face value then Jones would only see action if the Bills get way ahead or way behind. Manuel will helm one of the league's most run-based attacks and that's not likely to change given Lynn's background as a running backs coach and the fact he has LeSean McCoy running so well lately. That said, there are a slew of good fantasy quarterbacks who are about to get some or all of Sunday off, and Manuel at least has a full complement of skill players ready to finish off the season on a good note for a coach they seem to be behind.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Interim head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Wednesday that Manuel will start Week 17 against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Whether they decide to keep him for next season, Tyrod Taylor is the best quarterback the Bills have, but the team is out of the playoffs and they need to again see what they might have in Manuel, whose contract is up after the season. The team would also pay a huge price if Taylor were to get hurt in a meaningless game. While Manuel might make a decent emergency fill-in for your Week 17 game given the Bills have been putting up points and he'll have all of the main skill players in tow, we'll note that rookie Cardale Jones will also be active this week and it's a possibility he sees some late action, too.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Manuel will likely start Sunday's game versus the Jets in New York, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following the firing of head coach Rex Ryan, the Bills are poised to place an interim tag on the starting quarterback spot as well. A vocal supporter of Tyrod Taylor, Ryan doesn't have his back any longer, but finances also seem to be playing part in the change, as an injury could result in a significant guarantee ($30.75 million) paid out to the signal caller. If such a decision comes to pass, the Bills would turn to EJ Manuel, who boasts a 19:15 TD:INT ratio and 58.8 completion percentage in 27 career appearances.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Manuel will remain the second string quarterback, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports.

EDGE Analysis

The good news is he's still ahead of Cardale Jones, the bad is that all the talk of the Bills moving someone ahead of a struggling Tyrod Taylor to give the team a new look the last three weeks was simply chatter. Manuel's contract expires after this season, but with the Buffalo brass in limbo, it's anyone's guess as to what his job locale and placement on the depth chart will look like in 2017.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
6 months ago

Coach Rex Ryan was pleased with Manuel's performance during Friday's preseason loss to Washington, where the fourth-year quarterback saw extensive action, BuffaloBills.com reports. "But I really liked the way he played. I love the way he competes," said Ryan. "He's got a great look in his face. He loves competing. You know what? Sometimes quarterbacks take a little longer to develop. I think this is the best EJ Manuel I've seen."

EDGE Analysis

Manuel is locked in as the No. 2 quarterback, but maybe the Bills won't be in as rough shape as they were last season when Tyrod Taylor couldn't play, should the need arise again. And to his credit, Manuel took last year's demotion and struggles with class and has seemingly worked harder to revive his career, one that has never come close to living up to Manuel's first-round status.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
6 months ago

Manuel completed eight of 13 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown as well as a two-point conversion pass during Saturday's preseason win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

As disappointing as Manuel's NFL career has been since his first-round selection in 2013, there's almost no chance a very green Cardale Jones will unseat him for the No. 2 role entering the season. He's also looked much better this summer as he quietly tries to earn some trust in a brass that's watched him muddle through a number of sloppy performances during his first three pro seasons.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
9 months ago

Coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Manuel is his clear-cut No. 2 quarterback entering the season, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Unlike last year we're set with a pecking order," Ryan said Wednesday. "Tyrod is the number one guy, EJ is two and Cardale is three. We know that going in."

EDGE Analysis

Manuel has done very little to match his first-round draft status from 2013 and he may have had one of the league's ugliest quarterbacking performances in a decade during last season's London loss to Jacksonville. That said, Ryan and GM Doug Whaley are sticking by him and there's something to be said about Manuel's arm strength and familiarity with the Buffalo offense. However, you'll hear an incredibly loud gasp whenever Tyrod Taylor is slow to get up from the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf this fall.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
10 months ago1 Comment

The Bills have declined to exercise Manuel's fifth-year option, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since he was selected 16th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Manuel's start count has dwindled from 10 to four to two over the course of the past three seasons. His quarterback rating hasn't deviated much over the course of his brief career -- from 77.7 as a rookie to a career-high 80.3 in 2014 -- and his lack of improvement allowed Tyrod Taylor to stake a claim to the No. 1 QB gig in training camp last summer. With Taylor bursting forth with 3,035 yards, 20 touchdowns versus six interceptions, and a healthy 568 yards and four more scores on the ground, he provides the offense with a dual threat that Manuel lacks. As a result, it was clear from the outset of the offseason that the Bills wouldn't commit the $11.4 million owed under the guidelines of his fifth-year option.

E.J. Manuel
QB BUF (10)
10 months 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."

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.