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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%: 16/2 | Average Draft Position: 153.52
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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.

EJ Manuel does little in Hall of Fame Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel wasn't able to make much of an impact in his first preseason game on Sunday against the Giants.

Manuel completed a short pass to Lee Smith for a gain of eight yards on the opening drive. In the second series, he found Mike Williams for an 11-yard completion. He was pulled for Jeff Tuel after two series. Manuel complete 2 of 7 passes for 19 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt.

The Bills will travel to Carolina for their second preseason game on Friday.

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.