E. J. Manuel QB BUF 2 Days
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.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 2 Days
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.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 16 Days
Manuel completed 16-of-22 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown and interception in Sunday's overtime win at Chicago. He also had six carries for 19 yards, scoring on a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Manuel certainly wasn't spectacular, but he didn't make any major mistakes and was good enough to lead Buffalo to a win. The second-year quarterback showed a good rapport with fellow sophomore Robert Woods, as the pair hooked up four times for 78 yards. He only completed three passes for 31 yards to rookie sensation Sammy Watkins though. After a poor preseason, Manuel silenced critics for at least one week.
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Manuel completed 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions.
Manuel played three drives and took two sacks, failing to produce any points. It was a rather uneventful end to his poor preseason, but the bigger concern is that Sammy Watkins left with an aggravation of his ribs injury. On a more positive note for the Buffalo offense, Manuel gets to open his season against a Chicago defense that struggled badly last year.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 27 Days
Manuel is expected to see action during Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, BuffaloBills.com reports.
While a number of teams are sitting their top dog for the last preseason contest, Manuel could use the experience more than those guys and, in what's been a poor preseason for the second-year QB, needs to end with some positive vibe before facing a hostile crowd in Chicago for Week 1. The Bills also want to get newcomer Jordan Palmer a good look, and probably Jeff Tuel as well so they can decide who should be Manuel's top backup, so don't expect Manuel to play much more than a quarter, if that.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 1 Month
Manuel completed 19-of-28 passes for 198 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.
While the interception was caused by TE Scott Chandler falling down on a route, Manuel still struggled during a first half which saw the Buffalo offense fail to score. The second-year QB didn't record any rushing attempts in the game, and he was sacked four times, losing one fumble. Things went much better in the second half, as Manuel led the Bills to a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives before being pulled from the game. Although Manuel hasn't been terrible this preseason, the Bills' inability to throw downfield has been a consistent theme. To be fair, Sammy Watkins (ribs) left last week's game early, and didn't suit up Saturday.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 1 Month
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.
E. J. Manuel QB BUF 2 Months
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.