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Manuel completed 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers. He didn't throw a touchdown and had one interception, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt to go with a 62.0 rating.
A so-so outing for Manuel, though the dinking and dunking we've seen lately isn't going to cut it if the Bills are serious about being a playoff team this season. Manuel has moved the ball for the most part during three preseason games, though the first team offense is having a hard time generating points - something that plagued the unit last season, especially in the red zone.
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Manuel completed 9-of-13 passes for 96 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, adding three yards on a lone carry.
Manuel produced just three points on three drives, but the Bills did an excellent job of moving the ball, and were stuffed inside the Carolina five-yard line on the game's opening series. While Manuel did miss an open Robert Woods on a deep pass, this was a clear step up from the Hall of Fame Game, when three of his seven pass attempts were knocked down.
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Manuel completed just 2 of 7 passes in Sunday's preseason loss to the Giants for 19 yards. The second-year quarterback - as well as much of the first-team offense - played just two drives.
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ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported on SportsCenter that E.J. Manuel added ten pounds of muscle this offseason and is up to 247.
Manuel's Scouting Combine measurement was 6-foot-4 5/8 and 237 pounds. The muscle gain is ostensibly an attempt to improve Manuel's durability after he missed six games as a rookie. Manuel's injuries were to his knee, however. The Bills are hoping for a sophomore leap from Manuel, but we remain skeptical.
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Reports on Bills second-year QB E.J. Manuel's OTA and minicamp performance have been decidedly mixed.
A previous ESPN report claimed Manuel was struggling with accuracy and showing a trend of sailing passes high. Another from WGR 550 (linked below) discusses Manuel's inconsistencies and throwing an "easy interception" to UDFA DB Deon Broomfield. We left Manuel's rookie year feeling skeptical of his NFL future.
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ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak said second-year QB E.J. Manuel struggled with accuracy during OTAs.
Rodak said Manuel had "multiple" passes sail high during the Bills final practice and that had been "a trend during the three weeks of OTAs." The Bills are loaded at offensive skill positions, but Manuel has to play better for Buffalo to reach their full potential. We are not optimistic he will.
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E.J. Manuel said he worked out with Colin Kaepernick in the offseason and "just tried to follow his lead."
"The biggest thing for me was improving on situational football and being smarter," Manuel continued. He also said he feels 100 percent after undergoing three knee operations as a rookie. Both Manuel and Kaepernick stand in at 6-foot-5 and roughly 230-235 pounds, though Manuel lacks some of the running ability Kaepernick has. The Bills have a talent-laden roster but need Manuel to make a sophomore leap to surge up the AFC East standings.
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E.J. Manuel is working on improving his reads.
"Obviously being a young guy sometimes you would look past somebody in a progression when you could've just held on a half second longer and he may have come open," Manuel said Thursday. "You want to be quick, but you don't want to be too fast where you're just overlooking guys." Manuel has all the physical tools to be a successful NFL quarterback, but has to take a giant leap forward with the more subtle aspects of signal calling.
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Coach Doug Marrone said it's now "like a light going off" when talking with the Bills quarterbacks about the offensive playbook.
E.J. Manuel was wildly inconsistent as he digested OC Nathaniel Hackett's offense during his rookie campaign. Now he's in the "advanced stages" of the scheme, according to Marrone. After adding Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams to weaponry that already included C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Robert Woods, supporting cast is not an issue. The Bills are betting the house that Manuel can take a major leap forward.
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Bills GM Doug Whaley told reporters surrounding E.J. Manuel with as much talent as possible was a high priority.
"It's a quarterback-driven league," said Whaley. "Our main focus is making sure EJ progresses." Most mocks have the Bills taking a tackle at pick No. 9, but a wide receiver makes sense as well. UNC TE Eric Ebron could also be an option. Buffalo has the roster to make a playoff push in 2014 if Manuel is able to improve.