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New coach Rex Ryan called the quarterback situation "unresolved" at Wednesday' press conference while saying the team would consider bringing Mark Sanchez into the mix, BuffaloBills.com reports.

We still think Manuel has some potential with his big arm and some of the skills he showed at Florida State, and Ryan did mention he'd like to see him use his legs in the run game more next season. But we also have to face facts, and Manuel has dropped several pegs since being a first-rounder in 2013. At best, he'll have to fight for the starting job. Even if he wins it, and he'll have every chance to earn it, also remember he'll be playing for a head coach and offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) who both always end up near the top in run/pass ratio. In a city that gets a lot of bad throwing weather to boot.

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Manuel's teammate Kyle Orton announced Monday that he's going to retire.

And the door opens for Manuel again for retake his role as the starting QB. Much of this depends on what the Bills decide to do with the team brass this offseason. The franchise has a new owner, and while coach Doug Marrone's job appears to be safe following the team's first winning record since 2004, the GM and other front office personnel may not be so locked in. (Part of that is due to the team taking Manuel as a first-round pick in 2013.) Either way, you can bet the team will bring in a veteran or a high draft pick to at least compete with Manuel. If it was a Sam Bradford or even a Jay Cutler (egads) type, Manuel may have a tough row to hoe. But the Bills said he did nothing but fantastic practice work while showing improvement after losing his job to Orton, so the chances are also good they make Manuel the starter for one more year and have a young replacement ready to roll if it doesn't work out. Manuel finished his second season with just 131 pass attempts and a 5:3 TD:INT ratio, but his decision-making looked skittish most of the time. But again, that's where the Bills say he's started to show marked improvement, albeit in non-game situations.

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Coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Manuel's teammate Kyle Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.

Manuel still will be given chances to prove he's the long-term answer in Buffalo, but he just hasn't been getting the job done through four weeks. In the Bills' two wins, he performed just well enough that stronger units pushed them to a nice 2-0 start, and in the last two he's become too reliant on check-downs while simply not connecting on the plays a quarterback needs to rally his team after someone on defense makes a big play. In fact, with an even slightly above average quarterback, the Bills would likely be 3-1 and maybe 4-0. The journeyman Orton faces a tough challenge in Detroit as well as with some other defenses along the way, so this decision is far from being cemented for more than the next few weeks.

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Manuel (abdomen) completed 21-of-44 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday against the Texans. He also added three rushing yards on one carry.

While his receivers dropped a few passes, Manuel struggled for the most part with the Texans constantly causing pressure in the backfield and forcing Manuel into a career-high 44 passing attempts, of which he failed even complete even half. He threw a five-yard touchdown pass to rookie wideout Sammy Watkins in the second quarter, but didn't get his next touchdown until an 80-yard pass to Mike Williams in the fourth quarter. Removing Williams' touchdown, Manuel averaged just 3.37 YPA, a dismal number with the receiving options at his disposal. The struggles will only make the calls for a quarterback change louder, though it doesn't appear to be a serious option at this point. Up next is a trip to Detroit to face a Lions defense that held Jets quarterback Geno Smith to 209 passing yards in Week 4.

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Manuel (abdomen) is active Sunday in Houston, Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 reports.

The Texans have held opposing quarterbacks Robert Griffin (ankle), Derek Carr, and Eli Manning in check, but Manuel has tossed one touchdown and exactly four 20-plus yard passes per game this season, indicating a decent outing is attainable.

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Manuel (abdominal) participated on a full basis Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Houston, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

This was never a worry, as Manuel will keep trying to prove he's the long-term answer for the Bills at quarterback when they take on the Texans this week in a battle of somewhat surprising 2-1 teams.

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Manuel is dealing with some abdominal soreness, ESPN.com reports.

Manuel's name thus appears on the Bills' injury report Wednesday, but his Week 4 status is in no question after he turned in a full practice. "I'm fine," Manuel said Wednesday. "I think any time you bring something to a trainer they have to put it up there, but I'm good to go."

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Manuel was 23 of 39 for 238 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, good for an 85.2 rating.

Not a bad output for the second-year QB, but at at some point the team is going to have to start closing better in the red zone for Manuel to take another leap forward. This loss definitely wasn't on Manuel, however, as the Bills let Philip Rivers pick them apart while also accruing 11 penalties along the way. Manuel will try to help get the Bills get to 3-1 when they travel to Houston next weekend.

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Today's weather for Manuel and the Bills when they take on the Chargers in Buffalo calls for less-than-ideal conditions.

There might be a thunderstorm early on followed by some light rain, with winds expected to be 13-17 mph. That's not brutal in Buffalo terms, but just know it may not be perfect for some crazy offensive battle. Also, the Bills have the better run game on both sides of the ball, so the plan could be to work that area and keep Philip Rivers' potent offense off the field as much as possible.

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Manuel completed 16-of-26 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, while rushing four times for six yards Sunday against the Dolphins.

Manuel completed passes to seven different receivers, although rookie wideout Sammy Watkins was the only one to catch more than two balls. The good news is that he grabbed eight passes on 11 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown, a huge improvement over his three-catch, 31-yard NFL debut in Week 1 against the Bears. If Watkins can quickly become the consistent threat they drafted him to be, Manuel's job will become a whole lot easier. What won't be easy is his Week 3 matchup against the Texans.