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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 20/4 | Average Draft Position: 153.80
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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.


Bills inactive list heavy with injuries


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Bills inactive list for Week 16 against the Dolphins featured four players who were also listed on the injury report. Among those inactive for Sunday's game are quarterback EJ Manuel (knee, wide receiver Steve Johnson (not injury related) and defensive backs Brandon Smith (ankle) and Aaron Williams (ribs).

Additionally offensive linemen Antoine McClain and Mark Asper are joined on the inactive list by fullback Ronnie Wingo


Three Bills declared out for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) A trio of key Bills have been officially ruled out for Sunday, though that status for all had become a foregone conclusion as the week unfolded.

Doug Marrone announced Friday that free safety Aaron Williams (rib), wide receiver Steve Johnson (personal) and quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) will not play against Miami.


Bills trio all but ruled out for Sunday game against Dolphins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Bills free safety Aaron Williams (rib), wide receiver Steve Johnson (personal) and quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) all missed their third straight practices on Friday. None are expected to play in Week 16 against visiting Miami.

Manuel has already been ruled out. Johnson has been excused to grieve over the death of his mother.


Doug Marrone defends decision to keep EJ Manuel active


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Doug Marrone has defended his decision to keep Bills rookie quarterack EJ Manuel active despite a knee injury that has already had him ruled out for Sunday against Miami.

"Every snap, every time we can get him in there, that type of experience, the better and better he gets," Marrone told the team website. "And we've seen that with him."

Manuel, who rebounded from a four-interception performance in Week 14 to register a 105.0 quarterback rating in a Sunday defeat of Jacksonville, is expected to play against New England in the season finale.


Second knee injury of season has EJ Manuel out against Dolphins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Two days after Doug Marrone said EJ Manuel should play Sunday against Miami, the Bills quarterback has been ruled out. He will be replaced as the starter by Thad Lewis. Marrone said he hopes to get Manuel back for the season finale.

Manuel, who sprained his knee in the Week 15 game against Jacksonville, missed four games earlier in the year with a knee injury.


EJ Manuel expected to be fine despite knee sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Bills coach Doug Marrone said Monday quarterback EJ Manuel sprained his knee Sunday against the Jaguars. However, Marrone said he should be fine for Week 16 vs. Miami after finishing out Sunday's win at Jacksonville.

EJ Manuel scores three touchdowns against Jaguars


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel scored three touchdowns against the Jaguars Week 15.

Manuel completed 17 of 24 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also managed to score on an 8 yard run in the second quarter. Manuel was very active on the ground, rushing the ball 10 times. Despite the opportunities, he only picked up 37 yards on the ground. Manuel also gained 40 passing yards due to defensive pass interference plays. Those numbers don't show up in his stat-line, but did play a role in the game. One led directly to a field goal, the other kept a touchdown drive alive.

Manuel will take on the Dolphins Week 16.


EJ Manuel looking to rebound against Jaguars


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is looking to rebound Week 15 against the Jaguars.

Manuel is coming off his worst game of the season, in which he tossed four interceptions and no touchdowns against the Buccaneers. The Jaguars have been the cure for poor quarterbacking this season. On average, the team allows opposing Fantasy quarterbacks to put up 22.08 points per game. The team has given up 25 passing touchdowns in 13 games, and allow 28.6 points per game.

Manuel hasn't been a big play quarterback during his rookie season, tossing nine touchdowns to eight interceptions through nine games. He's failed to throw for over 300 yards in a single game, and hasn't scored more than two touchdowns in a game yet. Against the equally bad Falcons, Manuel threw for 210 yards and a touchdown, and managed to also score on the ground. The matchup is strong, but Manuel doesn't have the upside of most other Fantasy quarterbacks yet. He's a questionable start Week 15.


EJ Manuel picked off four times in worst performance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Heading into Week 14 against the Buccaneers, Bills quarterback EJ Manuel had thrown just one interception in his previous three games since returning from a knee injury.  Manuel made up for lost time Sunday, as he tossed a career-high four interceptions in a 27-6 los.

Manuel completed 18 of 33 passes for 184 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since returning from injury. He was picked off four times in the game, though at least one was the result of a receiver failing to hang on to the ball. He did lead the team in rushing, as well, with 29 yards on five carries. 

Manuel now has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season, heading into Week 15 against the Jaguars.