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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: 9999
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Bills' Manuel gets start over Taylor, Cassel in third preseason game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Bills coach Rex Ryan said EJ Manuel will get the start over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel in the team's third preseason game Saturday against the Steelers. Taylor and Cassel have each started one preseason game.

"My plan was to give everybody opportunities," Ryan said Thursday. "Nobody can say nobody wasn't given a fair shot here."

Manuel has completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games.

Taylor has completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. He also has rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 10 attempts through two games.

Cassel has appeared in just one game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 45 yards.


Bills QB EJ Manuel adds weight as way to improve


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is in the middle of a three-way competition for the starting job in Buffalo, but he's hoping that the weight he added during the offseason will help him get the starting nod, per The Buffalo News.

Manuel estimates he gained eight to 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason with the intention of staying healthy -- he missed six games as a rookie in 2013 due to injury.

“I feel a lot better this way,” Manuel siad. “I still feel like I’m quick and fast and able to move around. I think that’s just about being durable and obviously being able to take a full season.”

With Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel competing alongside him to become the starting quarterback this year, Manuel feels he has a great chance to come out the top guy.

"I feel like I’m right there in the mix, so I’ve just got to go out every day and get better," Manuel said.

Manuel threw for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in five games last season.


GM: EJ Manuel on 'equal footing' with Bills' other QBs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Bills general manager Doug Whaley denied reports that the team is moving on from quarterback EJ Manuel

The team acquired Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason.

In an interview with Jim Rome, Whaley said, "I look at it this way, in this business controversy sells,. The more controversy that you can drum up then the more intereste people are going to be."

"For us we’re excited about the future of all three of those guys," Whaley said. "It’s going to be a great competition. And we can keep three quarterbacks. So I dismiss that as just someone trying to get something stirred during this down time and lack of media stories for the NFL." 

Whaley said all three quarterbacks have an equal shot of winning the starting job. 

"I look for him to come in and compete and try to take the job," he said. "Everybody has got an equal footing. It’s a clean slate for all four of our quarterbacks. We’re not tied to anybody. We just want the best man to start."


Greg Roman: EJ Manuel still in Bills' plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman responded to a report that quarterback EJ Manuel could be released before the season, saying that the notion that Manuel has fallen out of favor in Buffalo is the "furthest thing from the truth," the Buffalo News reports.

Roman also indicated that anyone can step up and earn the starting quarterback job.

Manuel is expected to be involved in a three-way quarterback battle during camp with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. He's completed 58.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,810 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games as a pro.


Report: Bills QB EJ Manuel could be out if he doesn't improve


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Bills could dump quarterback and former first-rounder EJ Manuel if he doesn't show improvement this spring and summer, according to WKBW.com, which is claiming through sources that he's in a make-or-break situation.

Manuel is expected to compete with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job. He has proven mediocre at best since arriving in Buffalo with a 58.6 completion rate, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.


Bills QB EJ Manuel: The offense looks great


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has expressed a love for the offense his team appears set to run this season. There's only one problem - he might not have a chance to run it. The starting job could go to Matt Cassel or Tyrod Taylor.

That didn't stop Manuel from praising what he has seen.

"I just think the dynamics that we have and the personnel that we have, you look at the receivers, running backs and the tight ends ... and the O-linemen getting better, getting stronger, getting nastier," Manuel told WGR-AM. "But with the shifts and motions and the things we'll do to mix it up for a defense is going to be really good. ... Instead of being vanilla, we'll have a whole lot of different looks for opponents to prepare for."

Manuel had previously spoken about 2015 being a particularly important season for him.


Bills' EJ Manuel: 'It's definitely a very important spring'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is aware he still has much to prove for the team that made him the only first-round quarterback selected in the 2013 draft, the Associated Press reports.

"I don't want to say it's a make-it-or-break-it year, but I know it's definitely a very important spring right now," Manuel said following a voluntary veterans minicamp session this week. "Obviously, the third year is where a lot of NFL quarterbacks that are starters really show that, 'Hey, this guy can be a longtime starter for this team.'"

Manuel is expected to be involved in a three-way quarterback battle during camp with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. He said he'd be fine if the Bills add a fourth quarterback to the mix as well.

"Welcome to the team," Manuel said, when asked what his reaction might be. "Come in and be ready to work, and fall in line."

Coach Rex Ryan liked what he saw from Manuel during the team's first on-field session Tuesday.

"EJ was impressive to me today," Ryan said. "I'd still like to see it speeded up just a tad."

Running back Fred Jackson has noticed a change in the third-year quarterback.

"It's just about getting the mental part down. And that's where I think he's improved the most," Jackson said. "He knows the challenge in front of him. And it's one that he's willing to accept. That's all we can ask of him."


Bills EJ Manuel working with Steve DeBerg on throwing motion


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is happy to get a fresh start with new coach Rex Ryan. 

"I think God works in mysterious ways," he said, per the Buffalo News. "I’m excited with the coach we have now. I think he’s built a great staff around him. Offensively, I know we have some great guys."

"That’s all I want for myself," Manuel said of the quarterback competition. "I just want to be able to compete, let it be open, and at the end of the day the best man will play."

Manuel spent part of the offseason working on his throwing motion with Steve DeBerg. "We studied a bunch of elite passers in the game, and they all throw the ball, not necessarily the same exact way, but certain types of ways," Manuel said. "I’ve been working on that since January and I think I have it down now."

He also spent time working out with Bills WR Chris Hogan


Bills' Rex Ryan not ready to 'throw out' EJ Manuel


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) New Bills coach Rex Ryan brought in veteran quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, but that doesn't mean he's ready to give up on EJ Manuel

"And then EJ. Let's not just throw him out after two years. Aaron Rodgers never took a snap for three years. So let's see where Manuel's going to be," Ryan said, per the Buffalo News.

Ryan plans to have a quarterback competition during OTAs and training camp. 


Bills HC Rex Ryan says QB competition to be open


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Bills head coach Rex Ryan has options at the quarterback spot going into the 2015 season. There will be competition for the starting spot this offseason.

“It’s going to be open,” Ryan told WGR radio, via the team’s official website.  “It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there.”

The Bills currently have four quarterbacks on their roster including Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel. Ryan brokedown what each signal caller brings to the table.

“We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens,” Ryan said.  “You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel.  He’s done some pretty good things in this league.  He’s got that veteran presence about him.  With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having [quarterbacks coach] David Lee here.  I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart.  With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league,” Ryan said.  “He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at.  Then Tuel.  We’ve got guys there to work with.  That’ll be the important thing.  There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job.  It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”


Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in three-way battle to start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor turned down more money in free agency to join the Bills, where he'll have the opportunity to compete for a starting job, NFL.com reports.

"There is going to be a competition," Taylor said. "No one is really ahead of the other guy right now. They're looking forward to us coming in and pushing each other to make this team better."

The Bills view Taylor as a zone-read possibility similar to the role 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel was supposed to fill. Head coach Rex Ryan actually indicated he tried to acquire Taylor during his previous job.

"I actually tried to trade for (Taylor) when I was with the Jets," Ryan told CJCL in Toronto. "If he's not the fastest quarterback in the league, he's certainly up there with them. He's got great run skills. I'm not gonna say he's Russell Wilson, but he's got a little of that in him, where he's able to run zone-reads and pull the ball down and be effective."

Taylor, Manuel and offseason acquisition Matt Cassel are set to compete for the team's starting quarterback job heading into the 2015 season.


QB Matt Cassel: 'The foot feels great right now'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/11/2015) New Bills quarterback Matt Cassel told the team's website he expects to participate fully when offseason practices begin. Playing for Minnesota last year, Cassel fractured bones in his foot Week 3, an injury that required surgery.

"The foot feels great right now,” Cassel said. “Everything has been going well with all my rehab up to this point and it was a severe foot injury at that point. I’m at about 22 weeks removed from the injury so I feel great. I’m doing exercises. I’ve been dropping back and throwing and everything else, and running so I feel good to go.”

Cassel will compete with EJ Manuel for the starting job.

>> Want more NFL offseason? >> Mock drafts | Free agency tracker


Bills acquire QB Matt Cassel for draft picks


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/4/2015) The Bills announced they've acquired quarterback Matt Cassel from the Vikings. Buffalo also will receive one undisclosed draft pick while giving away two undisclosed draft picks.

Cassel, 32, won the starting job in Minnesota last year but suffered a season-ending foot injury Week 3 that required surgery.

Cassel is signed for this season at $4.15 million. He'll compete with EJ Manuel and possibly otheres for the starting job in Buffalo.

The trade won't be finalized until the new league year begins next Tuesday.

>> Want more NFL offseason? >> Mock drafts | Free agency tracker


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 | Senior Analyst
(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.