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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%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 153.52
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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.

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.