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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.
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E.J. Manuel (knee surgery) was a full participant in day one of offseason workouts.
Manuel sprained his LCL and missed the final two games of the season before undergoing surgery in January. It was his third knee operation as a rookie. The Bills are "all in" on Manuel for 2014. He needs to be much more consistent as a sophomore. Buffalo has a playoff caliber roster aside from quarterback.
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Bills coach Doug Marrone stated at the league meetings Tuesday that E.J. Manuel (knee surgeries) will be ready for all offseason workouts.
It's good news for Manuel, who wasn't ready to play in the NFL as a rookie and additionally suffered three separate knee injuries, two requiring surgery. He was outplayed by Thad Lewis. We're still surprised the Bills were so quiet on the free agent quarterback market. They arguably have a playoff-ready roster at every position save signal caller, right tackle, and free safety.
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ESPN's Louis Riddick calls the Bills' quarterback situation "one I could see going off the rails in a bad way very quickly."
Riddick is an avid game-tape watcher and has quickly become one of our favorite football analysts. He believes there are "not many excuses left for Buffalo to not start seriously contending in their division." It's true that the Bills have pieces in place to be an AFC East contender, particularly on defense and in the run game. E.J. Manuel played nearly as poorly as a rookie as Geno Smith, but hasn't received half as much criticism because E.J. plays in a far smaller market. Manuel will have to improve in a major way in 2014 to prevent GM Doug Whaley from going back to the drafting board at quarterback.