E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
1 week ago

Manuel has been getting second-team reps over Connor Cook, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Cook is still getting second-team reps as well, this is a positive development for Manuel. The former Bills starter will likely need to win the backup job in order to remain on the 53-man roster come Week 1.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
3 months ago1 Comment

Manuel's one-year deal with the Raiders is for $800,000, with none of the money guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

The contract suggests Manuel may be released if he doesn't beat out 2016 fourth-round selection Connor Cook in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starting signal-caller Derek Carr (broken fibula) is believed to be on schedule or even slightly ahead in his rehab process.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
3 months ago

Manuel signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manuel's signing comes as no surprise after he was reportedly in talks with Oakland over the past few days. The former first-round pick has had a shaky career to this point and will figure to be the Raiders backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, bumping last seasons backup, Connor Cook, to the third-stringer slot. Don't expect to see much from Manuel this season unless Carr gets injured again.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
3 months ago

Manuel is likely to sign with the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

The ex-Bill hit free agency after his rookie contract ran out this offseason. He had an overall shaky tenure with the Bills as a former first-round selection and ultimately became a full-time backup to Tyrod Taylor in 2015. Manuel has a career 58.3 completion percentage to go with 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a 6.4 YPA. Provided that negotiations with the Rams don't hit a snag, he figures to slot in as Derek Carr's backup over second-year signal caller Connor Cook.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
6 months ago

Manuel completed just nine of 20 pass attempts for 86 yards and gained eight yards on two carries during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

The coaching staff expressed a desire to see Manuel play a complete game, but his poor performance resulted in Cardale Jones entering the fray to get some reps of his own. Manuel contributed in just four games on the season and his inability to move the ball against what has been a wretched Jets defense does not bode well for his chances of remaining in Buffalo after his current contract expires in the offseason.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
6 months ago

Interim coach Anthony Lynn says he'd like to see Manuel start and finish Sunday's game at the Jets, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It's really hard to get a good look at two quarterbacks in one game," said Lynn. "I want to get a really good look at EJ. So, if it's a good game I'm going to leave EJ in and let him roll."

EDGE Analysis

The Bills would also like to see what raw rookie Cardale Jones can do, but if Lynn's comments are to be taken at face value then Jones would only see action if the Bills get way ahead or way behind. Manuel will helm one of the league's most run-based attacks and that's not likely to change given Lynn's background as a running backs coach and the fact he has LeSean McCoy running so well lately. That said, there are a slew of good fantasy quarterbacks who are about to get some or all of Sunday off, and Manuel at least has a full complement of skill players ready to finish off the season on a good note for a coach they seem to be behind.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
6 months ago

Interim head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Wednesday that Manuel will start Week 17 against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Whether they decide to keep him for next season, Tyrod Taylor is the best quarterback the Bills have, but the team is out of the playoffs and they need to again see what they might have in Manuel, whose contract is up after the season. The team would also pay a huge price if Taylor were to get hurt in a meaningless game. While Manuel might make a decent emergency fill-in for your Week 17 game given the Bills have been putting up points and he'll have all of the main skill players in tow, we'll note that rookie Cardale Jones will also be active this week and it's a possibility he sees some late action, too.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
6 months ago

Manuel will likely start Sunday's game versus the Jets in New York, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following the firing of head coach Rex Ryan, the Bills are poised to place an interim tag on the starting quarterback spot as well. A vocal supporter of Tyrod Taylor, Ryan doesn't have his back any longer, but finances also seem to be playing part in the change, as an injury could result in a significant guarantee ($30.75 million) paid out to the signal caller. If such a decision comes to pass, the Bills would turn to EJ Manuel, who boasts a 19:15 TD:INT ratio and 58.8 completion percentage in 27 career appearances.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
6 months ago

Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Manuel will remain the second string quarterback, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports.

EDGE Analysis

The good news is he's still ahead of Cardale Jones, the bad is that all the talk of the Bills moving someone ahead of a struggling Tyrod Taylor to give the team a new look the last three weeks was simply chatter. Manuel's contract expires after this season, but with the Buffalo brass in limbo, it's anyone's guess as to what his job locale and placement on the depth chart will look like in 2017.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
10 months 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."

EDGE Analysis

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.