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3 EJ Manuel QB
Height/Weight: 6-4/237 | Birthdate: 3/19/1990 | Birthplace: Virginia Beach, VA, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 22/4 | Average Draft Position: 139.00
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Bills going to 'feed' Sammy Watkins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins "may not be the savior they hope he will be in Buffalo, but this team is going to feed him the ball and they are gambling he can make a quarterback out of EJ Manuel," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. "I’m not sure that will be the case, but a rookie of the year performance from Watkins wouldn’t shock me either."

La Canfora listed Watkins first among his 10 breakout players.


EJ Manuel '100 percent healthy' and 'stronger than last year'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel said he'll enter the 2014 season healthier, stronger and smarter about when to take chances running. He missed six games in his rookie season with knee injuries.

"I think that's one thing I had to learn, to be smart when I take off with the football," he told NFL Network. "Instead of trying to get an extra three yards, either step out of bounds or slide. Those are all of the nuisances I had to learn. Obviously, I didn't want to go down with an injury because I'm a competitive player. I go hard each and every time I step on the field. It just so happened that I had to come down with an injury. I moved past it.

"Thankfully, I am 100 percent healthy right now. I feel like I'm stronger than I was last year, so I'm looking forward to moving on."


EJ Manuel 'starting to get it all'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett seemed optimistic about quarterback EJ Manuel's confidence and growth this offseason as the team went through minicamp practices on Wednesday. 

"He's doing a very good job. He's put in a lot of work," Hackett said. " ... It's nice to see him make plays within the pocket, step up, find his check downs, throw the ball down the field a couple times. He's really starting to get it all. It was funny, when he came into minicamp he was like, 'Alright, no more new installs, let's work on what we've been doing.' I think that’s a refresher for a quarterback that he knows what he's doing right now with what we've got in."

When asked about Manuel's accuracy, Hackett wasn't worried, saying he just needs more practice. He's hoping Manuel can develop a better command of the offense as he gets closer to training camp. 


E.J. Manuel feels '100 percent'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he feels "100 percent" health-wise following his offseason workouts. Manuel also said he spent the offseason working out with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and improved on his situational football. 

Manuel figures to be the Bills starter heading into the season, giving him the controls of an offense that upgraded to Sammy Watkins this offseason. 


Even in Buffalo, Sammy Watkins has good Fantasy appeal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) The Bills added another playmaker to their offense in Sammy Watkins but questions about his quarterback keep him from being a lock for a big first year. Watkins is the perfect blend of strength and speed -- as one head coach said this offseason, he plays "violently." But the Bills' E.J. Manuel is far from a precise passer and could make some targets tough for Watkins to reel in.

But Manuel does have a cannon, and what Watkins can bring in terms of catching a pass and speeding to the end zone will make up for some of Manuel's other shortcomings. There's still 1,000-yard, seven-score potential here but it might take some games for Watkins to really get going. He's worth considering among the No. 3 Fantasy receivers with a pick in the middle of seasonal drafts but expect him to go slightly higher than that in keeper leagues and is a rock-solid Top 5 pick in rookie-only drafts.


Bills trade up for Sammy Watkins


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) The Bills traded up in the first round to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall. The Bills traded the No. 9 overall pick as well as first- and fourth-round picks in 2015 to the Browns to move up for Watkinns.

Watkins, 6-foot-1, has 4.4 quicks with the ability to turn on the jets quickly, making him such a desirable target for any passing game. Over 35 games with the Tigers, Watkins caught 224 passes for 3,164 yards and 25 touchdowns including two seasons with over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Watkins could become the No. 1 receiver for the Bills since Buffalo is rumored to potentially trade Steve Johnson. But even if Johnson remains with the Bills then Watkins will become an immediate starter, and he should help quarterback EJ Manuel improve in his second year.


Bills not ruling out QB in first round


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team "doesn't plan" on drafting a quarterback with the No. 9 overall pick, but he didn't rule it out as he earlier did, reports ESPN.com. Whaley's statement could be designed to keep other teams guessing, or it could show a lack of faith in last year's first-rounder, quarterback EJ Manuel.

EJ Manuel better prepared for 2014 season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who dealt with injuries and inconsistency as a rookie, told the Associated Press he's ready to take a big step forward. "I definitely agree there's a lot out there for myself as a quarterback to get better," he said at the team's voluntary conditioning program. "I had some success. And I had some bad games as well. It's obvious."

Manuel said he's not limited in any way by last year's knee injuries and that he feels better prepared for the 2014 season.

"I'm eager about it. I'm excited," he said. "I know there is a lot of area for me to grow. That's why I took these last four months to allow that growth."


EJ Manuel able to work out


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel took part in the start of offseason workouts Tuesday morning, reports ESPN.

After missing the final two games of last season with a sprained LCL in his left knee, Manuel underwent knee surgery in January. He took part in the entire portion of Tuesday's workout open to reporters.


Bills 'all in' with EJ Manuel


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said the team did not consider pursuing Michael Vick and is going "all in" with second-year quarterback EJ Manuel.

"We’re secure with our quarterback position," Marrone told the Toronto Sun. "Obviously we’re all in with EJ, and with Thad (Lewis) and Dennis Dixon and Jeff Tuel. We’re really excited with what we bring to the table at that position. We didn’t venture into that subject.”

The Bills would add a veteran quarterback only if he came in "as a backup and a mentor to EJ, so it would have to be the right fit," Marrone added. "And they would have to come in knowing their slot.”


Report: Bills could be interested in Michael Vick


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) It would not be a surprise if the Bills "made a run" at free agent quarterback Michael Vick, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Vick would provide stiff competition for EJ Manuel, who battled knee injuries as a rookie.

Vick is not expected to return to the Eagles.


Health is key to EJ Manuel's development


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel missed six games and a lot of practice time in his rookie year due to knee injuries. Coach Doug Marrone said keeping Manuel healthy is critical to his development.

"He played last year and really didn't practice that much," Marrone said at the NFL combine. "If you think about all the players that played in the league, he probably practiced the least and played.

"For us, the priority, just like all the players, is to make sure that we keep him healthy. It's important for us, important for his development."

Marrone added he's excited about Manuel's potential "because when he was in there, with the lack of time that we had, there were things that he did very well."


Are Bills too committed to EJ Manuel?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone told quarterback EJ Manuel he's the starter entering next season, but according to ESPN.com the team should keep its options open this offseason, including the draft and the trade market. The website notes Manuel was inconsistent, completing nearly 70 percent of his throws against Carolina and posting a 31.2 passer rating against Tampa Bay.

Manuel accounted for 13 touchdowns and 12 turnovers in his rookie year.

Manuel missed six games due to ligament sprains in both knees after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during preseason. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the season and plans to wear a brace in 2014.


EJ Manuel had surgery on left knee after season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has revealed that he has undergone minor postseason surgery on his left knee, per ESPN.

Manuel lost six games to injury in an inconsistent rookie season. He completed 180 of 306 passes for 1,972 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.


Bills to be less predictable in EJ Manuel's second year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) To keep the down and distance manageable for rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, the Bills ran the ball nearly 64 percent of the time on first down, the highest ratio in the league. Coach Doug Marrone plans to open up the passing game in Year 2.

“Our passing game was not where we wanted it to be, but as we get going and we continue with the running game and build our passing game with the play-action, we would like to be able to take more shots, throw it more on first down and become more productive from the standpoint of scoring,” Marrone told the team's website. “Make no mistake you have to have a better ratio than what we had.”


EJ Manuel unsure if he'll need knee surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel said he's not sure yet if his latest knee injury will require surgery. He told reporters he planned to do physical therapy and strength training first.

In 10 games, the rookie threw for 1,972 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions and ran for 186 yards and two scores. Manuel called it "a great season to learn from." Assuming he's healthy, Manuel will enter 2014 as the starter.


Pass-catching combo heads Bills inactive report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) and wide receiver Steve Johnson (personal) headline the inactives released Sunday by the Bills.

The others listed are offensive lineman Mark Asper and Antoine McClain, wideout Cordell Roberson defensive back Brandon Smith and running back Ronnie Wingo


Thad Lewis in, EJ Manuel out for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) What was expected is now official. Thad Lewis will start the Week 17 game for the Bills at quarterback. He had been deemed probable with a shoulder ailment. Starter EJ Manuel, who was doubtful, has been ruled out for the clash at New England with a knee injury.

EJ Manuel to sit, Thad Lewis to start against Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) A knee injury had ended the year for Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. He will sit in favor of Thad Lewis on Sunday against New England. Doug Marrone made that pronouncement a week after exclaiming that Manuel would definitely start in the season finale.

Manuel finishes with 180 completions in 306 passing attempts (58.8 percent) for 1,972 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His knee problem will have cost him six games.


Bills quarterback situation for Sunday still muddled


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) participated in the media availability portion of Friday practice, but backup Thad Lewis was taking more reps, the Buffalo News has reported. The team has yet to announce who will play Sunday at New England.

EJ Manuel in holding pattern for Sunday clearance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) A nagging sprained knee still has Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in limbo in regard to his availability for the season finale Sunday against New England, the team website has reported. Doug Marrone has yet to clear him despite having pronounced last week that he was a sure bet to play. Manuel did not practice with the first team on Thursday, however.

His absence would again thrust Thad Lewis into the starting role.


EJ Manuel limited Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was limited in practice Wednesday.

Manuel is dealing with a knee injury. The team did not practice, so it is considered a projected injury report. 


Bills vague about Week 17 starting quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Bills coach Doug Marrone said he wants to see how rookie EJ Manuel's knee responds to Tuesday's practice before deciding on a starting quarterback for Week 17 at New England, reports the Buffalo News. Marrone did say Manuel threw the ball well.

If Manuel isn't ready, Thad Lewis would make his second straight start and fifth overall.


EJ Manuel practicing Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who was held out Week 16 due to a sprained knee, is practicing Tuesday ahead of the Week 17 game at New England, reports WGR 550. The rookie has thrown 11 touchdowns against nine interceptions in 10 games. 

EJ Manuel might be done for season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) There is a chance that Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will remain out for the season finale Sunday at New England despite Doug Marrone last week calling his availability a certainty.

The Bills are out of the playoff race, so perhaps the team will decide not to risk aggravating a knee injury that kept him sidelined from the Week 16 defeat of Miami.