E.J. Manuel QB BUF (10) 1 month 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."
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) 1 month 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.
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) 4 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."
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) 5 months ago1 Comment
The Bills have declined to exercise Manuel's fifth-year option, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
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) 5 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."
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 (10) 8 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.
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 (10) 10 months ago
Manuel is in uniform and will serve as the Bills' backup QB on Monday against the Patriots.
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 (10) 10 months ago
Manuel is inactive for Thursday's game at the Jets.
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 (10) 11 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.
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 (10) 11 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.
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.