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Height/Weight: 6-4/237 | Birthdate: 3/19/1990 | Birthplace: Virginia Beach, VA, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 153.52
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Rex Ryan: 'Would be nice' to have great QB, 'excited' about Manuel


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that it "would be nice" to have a great quarterback but that he's "excited" about EJ Manuel, ESPN.com reports.

"I think this league has proven that when you have a great quarterback, you almost -- it's rare that you don't go to the playoffs with a great quarterback," Ryan said. "So obviously that's a priority and not just for our team, but any team in this league. But it's a lot easier said than done.

"It would be nice to get somebody like that. I'm not saying that we have that situation right now. I'm excited about EJ Manuel, though, I'll tell you that much. He's a young man that has some potential. We'll see how that pans out."

Ryan also acknowledged the team's meeting with free-agent quarterback Josh McCown.

"We did bring Josh in," Ryan said. "So obviously there's some interest there on our part. We wanted to bring him in, just to get to know this young man and also for him to get to know us. I'm excited about our coaching staff, and I think that's probably the best selling point that I have right now, along with the players that we have. Obviously, we got an outstanding group of players, too, that I like to show off to a lot of guys."

Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only two quarterbacks on the Bills' roster.

VIDEO: Jason La Canfora talks to Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan about who he plans to start, and how he plans to manage his QBs this season.


Bills' Rex Ryan won't commit to EJ Manuel as starting QB


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015, Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team would look at every available option, reports The Buffalo News.

"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."

The Bills have former first-round pick EJ Manuel on their roster, but Ryan said he would not commit to Manuel as his starting quarterback at this time.

"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.


Bills' Roman: EJ Manuel getting clean slate with new coaching staff


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Tuesday during his introductory press conference quarterback EJ Manuel will get a fresh start with the new coaching staff, per WGR 550. Manuel was benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton in 2014. Orton has since retired.

"I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits," Roman said. "We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."

Manuel is 6-8 as a starter over two NFL seasons. The 2013 first-round pick has a career 58.6 completion rate. He has passed for 2,810 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games (14 starts).


Bills to explore all options for starting quarterback


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) New Bills coach Rex Ryan said Sunday the team will look at all possible options during the offseason to determine who will be the starting quarterback for the team.

Ryan has said he is excited to work with current quarterback EJ Manuel, but he will not just hand the position to the second-year player out of Florida State.

"Will we explore possible veteran free agents or draft picks out there? Absolutely," Ryan said. "We're going to explore everything to add competition because that makes your whole team better."

Manuel was benched after four starts in 2014 in favor of now retired Kyle Orton. He threw for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.


New Bills coach Rex Ryan guarantees playoff berth


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Introduced as Bills head coach Wednesday, Rex Ryan was his usual blustery self.

“I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills have been to the playoffs,” he said. “Get ready. We’re going. We are going.”

Ryan stopped short of guaranteeing a Super Bowl, saying, “I’ll guarantee the pursuit of it.”

He said his message to the team was simple: “We’re going to be playing games in January and so forth – start preparing that way.”

Ryan professed to be “not concerned at all” about his quarterback situation. Though he did not commit to EJ Manuel as the starter, Ryan said the second-year pro “has a lot of traits you look for in a quarterback.”

Kyle Orton announced his retirement following the season. Asked about a possible reunion with Mark Sanchez, Ryan said the team will explore all options.

The Bills went 9-7 this season, then coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract.


Report: Bills GM speaking highly of Manuel to coaching candidates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Bills general manager Doug Whaley apparently is not giving up on quarterback EJ Manuel, who was benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton after four games in 2014.

Whaley is telling potential coaching candidates he believes Manuel's struggles have had more to do with coaching than the player, an NFL source told The Buffalo News. The source added that Whaley is not only speaking in glowing terms about Manuel, but he has made it clear he wants to the new coach to make progress in developing Manuel.

Manuel, who was the 16th overall pick in 2013, is 6-8 as a starter in his first two seasons in the NFL. He has a 58.6 percent completion rate and 78.5 quarterback rating. He also has 16 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 career games.


Bills will wait and see how they proceed with EJ Manuel


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) With quarterback Kyle Orton announcing his retirement on Monday, attention shifted to what the Bills will do at quarterback for the 2015 season.

Orton replaced a struggling EJ Manuel in Week 5 and Bills general manager Doug Whaley told reporters the team will add one or two quarterbacks in the offseason, but he did not endorse Manuel as the 2015 starter, reports The Buffalo News.

"He did take a little of a regression back, but we've also seen some progression in what he’s been doing at practice," Whaley said. "So it’s to be determined. And again, we're going to do our due diligence and leave every option open at that position."

When asked if he’ll play for the Bills in 2015, Manuel said he expects to be a major contributor.

"I think I'm still a major factor on this team as far as the offense, as far as leadership, so we'll see," Manuel said.


Teammate believes Bills backup EJ Manuel is improving


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Second-year quarterback EJ Manuel is a bit of a forgotten man with the Bills, having been benched in favor or Kyle Orton after four games. But Buffalo wideout Robert Woods is claiming that Manuel is getting better.

"Right now we are winning games, we're fighting to get back in the playoff race," Woods told NFL Network. "Things are different with the two quarterbacks, but EJs coming along, getter better, improving every day. He's finally seeing someone do it in front of him, seeing how it's done with meetings and on the field. It's just a learning experience and I think he's learning a lot right now."

Manuel hasn't thrown a pass in a game since Sept. 28.


Bills to start Kyle Orton over EJ Manuel in Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters in his Monday press conference that the team will start Kyle Orton over EJ Manuel at quarterback for Week 5 at Detroit, per the team's official website.

After starting the season 0-2, Manuel and the Bills have dropped back-to-back games. Over that span, he compiled 463 passing yards with a 3-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He was sacked five times over that two-game stretch.

"It wasn't all EJ's fault. We just need more overall production from that position," Marrone said, via WGR Sportsradio 550.

After being released by the Cowboys in July and contemplating retirement, Orton signed with the Bills at the end of the preseason. It will be Orton's first start since Week 17 of last season.


Bills RB doesn't believe benching EJ Manuel will resolve issues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) After opening the season 2-0, the Bills have dropped two straight games and the calls for a change at quarterback are getting louder and louder as EJ Manuel has a quarterback rating of 80.3 through four games. 

However, running back Fred Jackson said during an interview Monday with WGR Sportsradio 550 the team's struggles can't all be blamed on Manuel.

"This is a long season. It’s only Week 4," Jackson said, per the team's official website. "We can’t go into panic mode and try to change everything and revamp this and that. We have 12 games left in the season. We’ve got to respond. It’s not only on EJ to respond to the last two weeks. It’s on all of us. I can’t sit here and say all the blame goes to EJ because it doesn’t. We’ve got to get stuff done and every player on our team has to improve including myself. It’s not one of those things where I’m going to say bench EJ and put Kyle (Orton) in and it’s going to magically be better. I don’t think benching him is the right answer. I think we have to go in and re-evaluate everything that we’re doing and that’s how we’ll find the answers."


EJ Manuel struggles in loss vs. Texans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel completed just 21 of his 44 pass attempts for 225 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his team's 23-17 loss to the Texans in Week 4.

Manuel, who also added three rushing yards on a late scramble, continued to battle accuracy issues throughout the game. He connected with Sammy Watkins on a five-yard touchdown to put the Bills up 10-0 in the first quarter but largely struggled after that. The bulk of his yardage came on an 80-yard touchdown on a deep ball to a wide open Mike Williams. The Bills travel to Detroit to face the Lions in Week 5, and it wouldn't be shocking to hear the calls for backup quarterback Kyle Orton grow louder in the upcoming week.


Keith Rivers joins EJ Manuel, other probables as active in Week 4


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Several Bills skill position players are active for Week 4's matchup with the Texans after being listed as probable to play, including quarterback EJ Manuel (abdomen), running back C.J. Spiller (chest) and wide receivers Sammy Watkins (ribs) and Robert Woods (ankle).

Defensive backs Ron Brooks (illness) and Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) are also active after being listed as probable on the final injury report. Linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) is active after being listed as doubtful to play. The linebacker has been sidelined since Week 1.


Bills set with injury report for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Several of the premier skill position players for the Bills are listed as probable for the Sunday game in Houston. Included are quarterback EJ Manuel (abdomen), wide receivers Sammy Watkins (ribs) and Robert Woods (ankle) and running back C.J. Spiller (chest).

Also probable are cornerback Ron Brooks (illness), guard Chris Williams (back) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle). Wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) and linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) have both been ruled out while wideout Marquise Goodwin (concussion) is doubtful.


EJ Manuel practices in full Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was listed on the practice report Wednesday due to an abdominal injury. However, he was a full participant as the team prepares for Week 4 at Houston.

"I’m fine," Manuel said, per the team's official website. "Anytime you bring something to a trainer they have to (list it), but I’m good to go."


EJ Manuel tosses one score in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel put together a decent performance in a 22-10 loss to the Chargers in Week 3 Sunday.

Manuel passed for a season-high 238 yards, however he also completed just 23 of 39 attempts, good for a season-low completion percentage. He tossed one touchdown, an 11-yard pass to Fred Jackson in the third quarter, while adding 24 rushing yards without a turnover.

Manuel has done a good job holding on to the ball so far this season, as he has three touchdowns and one interception through the air, while adding one rushing touchdown without a fumble. He has 613 passing yards in three games, with the Bills set to take on the Texans in Week 4. 


EJ Manuel solid in second straight win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel did a solid job in leading his team to a win for the second straight game Sunday, in a 29-10 win over the Dolphins in Week 2.

Manuel completed 16 of 26 passes Sunday, just slightly worse than his performance in the opener. However, he ended up with 202 yards this time, while passing for one touchdown, a 12-yard score to Sammy Watkins, and was not intercepted in the game.

Manuel has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 375 yards through the first two games of his season, with two touchdowns and one interception. He will try to keep the good times rolling in Week 3 against the Chargers next Sunday. 


EJ Manuel scores on ground, through air Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was 16 of 22 for 173 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception while also rushing for 19 yards and a touchdown on six carries in his team's 23-20 overtime win over the Bears in Week 1.

Manuel faked a handoff and waltzed into the end zone on a quarterback keeper to the left side for an easy touchdown on the team's second offensive drive. After a long interception return in the second quarter, the quarterback hooked up with C.J. Spiller after misdirection on play-action for another easy score. While he couldn't get much going in the second half, he did help key the game-winning drive in overtime, completing a 20-yard pass to bring the team into Chicago territory.

Manuel still doesn't look like a finished product, but leading the team to victory on the road against a good Bears team should be enough to earn him some breathing room after the Bills signed Kyle Orton late in the preseason. Manuel's next test will come next Sunday against the Dolphins at home.


Report: EJ Manuel, Ryan Fitzpatrick already on hot seat


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are already on the hot seat, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Bills and Texans won't be hesitant to turn to their backup quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Ryan Mallett, if Manuel and Fitzpatrick struggle.

EJ Manuel will look to conquer road woes Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel endured what could at best be described as an uneven rookie season last year. Going 4-6 as a starter, Manuel particularly struggled on the road, where he turned in poor performances against the Jets, Browns, Steelers and Buccaneers before turning in a quality performance against the Jaguars in Week 14, his last game of the season.

Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.

Is there a good reason to start Manuel in Week 1? Not really. Every Fantasy team should be looking at a healthy roster heading into the beginning of the season, and there are anywhere from 14 to 20 QBs worth using over Manuel no matter the matchup. But a good performance in an unfavorable environment against a potentially improved pass rush would go a long way towards making the second-year player Fantasy relevant in 2014.


EJ Manuel not voted a team captain


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was not among six captains voted by the team, another sign he might not be the longterm starter, reports NFL.com. After Manuel had an uneven preseason, Buffalo signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton to a two-year deal.

Manuel remains the starter, but if he continues to struggle, Orton will get his chance.


EJ Manuel to play in preseason finale


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and other offensive starters will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, coach Doug Marrone told reporters. Starting quarterbacks usually sit out the last preseason game, but Manuel has struggled so much, Buffalo wants to establish some momentum.

In three preseason games, Manuel is 47 of 75 for 461 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.


EJ Manuel finally gets in the end zone


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) It took until his penultimate drive of the preseason, but Bills quarterback EJ Manuel finally got in the end zone Saturday at home against Tampa Bay.

Manuel had an unimpressive start to the game, throwing a pick to Dashon Goldson on his first drive. He later bounced back with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams in the third quarter. He compiled 198 yards through the air while completing 19 of 28 passes. He added a touchdown and an interception, registering a passer rating of 85.1.

EJ Manuel getting frustrated


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel admitted he's frustrated after the first-team offense again failed to score a touchdown Saturday night. In 10 possessions over three preseason games, the starters have produced four field goals and failed on fourth-and-short three times

"Coming off the field, it was frustrating," Manuel told the Buffalo News. "I’m not going to lie."

Manuel hit 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards against the Steelers but got picked off trying to hit tight end Scott Chandler down the seam.


EJ Manuel compiles 148 passing yards Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel racked nearly 150 yards through the air but was picked off once in one half of work Saturday night against the Steelers in exhibition play.

Manuel was intercepted by rookie Ryan Shazier on his second drive of the night. He hooked up with Robert Woods for a 30-yard pass and Scott Chandler for a 24-yard completion. He compiled 148 yards through the air while completing 17 of 27 passes. He had one interception and finished with a 62.0 passer rating.

EJ Manuel shows signs of improvement in second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel showed some signs of improvement during Friday's preseason game against the Panthers in Carolina.

Manuel made sure he hooked up with rookie wideout Sammy Watkins early on. He found him for a gain of 14 yards on his first pass of the night. He was pulled for Thad Lewis after three series with the first team offense. He complted 9 of 13 pass attempts for 96 yards. He also had one run for a gain of 3 yards.