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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:35:41 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will receive the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job but will not be given the job, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Fantasy Tip: The Bills likely will look to add at least one quarterback through the draft and free agency to compete with Manuel during training camp. The Bills could become more of a running team with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, which could hurt the fantasy value of the starting quarterback. Owners should consider Manuel a weak No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the starting job.
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:33:37 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel's struggles this past season were related to coaching issues, according to general manager Doug Whaley. Whaley has been telling this to head coaching candidates and has talked in glowing terms about Manuel during interviews, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel appears to be the leading candidate for the starting job at this point even though he was benched during the season. The team may bring in another quarterback to compete with Manuel during training camp, but the team's starting quarterback likely will not have much value in fantasy leagues next season.
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:07:52 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel may still not be the team's franchise quarterback, according to general manager Dough Whaley.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel still has an entire offseason to prove he's the next Bills starting quarterback. If Manuel is named starter next season, he's still a backup fantasy quarterback.
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:07:19 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is the only quarterback on the roster, following QB Kyle Orton's retirement Monday, Dec. 29.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel should be involved in a competition in camp next season. He's worth targeting as a suspect QB2 next year.
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:51:30 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will not play at all in Week 17 against the New England Patriots, even though the Bills have been eliminated from the playoffs. QB Kyle Orton will remain the starter for the season finale because he continues "giving the team the best chance to win," according to head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone said he hasn't had any talks with the team brass about the future of the quarterback position for the team. Manuel is due to count $2.4 million against the salary cap next year, and releasing him would create $5.25 million in dead money.
Fantasy Tip: The team's decision not to get a look at Manuel in the season finale with nothing on the line isn't promising for his future with the team. Heading into next year, Manuel shouldn't be on any fantasy football radars.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:29:18 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel will not start again this season if head coach Doug Marrone has the final say. When asked if his decision to stick with QB Kyle Orton as the starter would change if the team fell out of playoff contention, Marrone said, "No. Not for me, unless it changes for somebody else."
Fantasy Tip: Based on the comments, Marrone has no faith in Manuel as a starter, and the only way he will be under center again this season is if Orton were to suffer an injury or if someone above Marrone forced the head coach to make a change.
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:24:28 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has been learning from QB Kyle Orton and has shown improvement each day during practice, according to WR Robert Woods.
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:22:18 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton (toe) suffered a minor toe injury Thursday, Nov. 13, in Week 11. Head coach Doug Marrone said he isn't considering making the switch to QB EJ Manuel, based on Orton's performance or health.
Fantasy Tip: Orton and Manuel aren't options you should consider on FantasyScore.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:39:11 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has been benched for Week 5. QB Kyle Orton will take over as starter, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Fantasy Tip: Orton is nowhere near fantasy relevant heading into his first start of the season. Stay away from Buffalo Bills quarterbacks at this point.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:57:39 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (abdomen) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is probable for Week 4.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel looks like he is good to go for Week 4, but FantasyScore owners can probably find some better options available to them in Week 4.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:43:58 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (abdomen) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel is on track to play in Week 4 despite dealing with a minor injury. Manuel costs $4,700 on FantasyScore this week, but owners could consider spending a little more money on a better option at quarterback.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:07:47 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (abdomen), who was added to the team's injury report Wednesday, Sept. 24, said he's fine for Week 4 against the Houston Texans.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel should be fine to play Sunday versus the Houston Texans. After struggling in Week 3, Manuel will be an under-the-radar FantasyScore option for $4,700 (9.4% of cap).
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:58:35 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (abdominal) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel is a new addition to the injury report this week, but it does not sound like this is anything to be concerned about. Manuel will cost you $4,700 (9.40% of cap) in FantasyScore in Week 4.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:22:15 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel struggled with deeper passes in Week 3, completing just three of his 12 attempts. He didn't have a completion for more than 16 yards. Prior to Week 3, just 17 percent of Manuel's pass attempts had traveled more than 10 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel had largely avoided deeper passes in the first two weeks as Buffalo jumped out to early leads, but he really struggled when the Bills fell behind in Week 3 and he was forced to be more aggressive down the field. Unless Manuel can improve on deeper throws, it is going to lead to inconsistent performances from Sammy Watkins and the team's other receivers.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 08:05:14 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is on the hot seat. The team will not hesitate turning to Kyle Orton if Manuel struggles.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:12:54 -0700
Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (illness) has been cleared to participate in team drills, according to head coach Doug Marrone. The team will see how he performs during practice before deciding if he will play in the third preseason game.
Fantasy Tip: Glenn has miss most of training camp because of an undisclosed illness but has time to prepare for the start of the season. His presence on the offensive line should help the values of EJ Manuel, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, because he is a Pro Bowl player.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:10:21 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel completed 17 of 22 passes during 11-on-11 drills during a joint practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Aug. 14. WR Mike Williams said it was the best Manuel has ever looked.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:41:45 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel had three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage versus the New York Giants Sunday, Aug. 3. However, head coach Doug Marrone said the blame was on the offensive linemen and not necessarily Manuel.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:01:07 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said that the passing game took positive steps Tuesday, July 22, but some offensive players said that the execution of the passing game needs to improve.
Fantasy Tip: While Manuel is putting a positive spin on the situation, don't expect him to be more than a backup fantasy QB this season.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:43:37 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel went 4-for-4 on passes to WR Sammy Watkins during team drills Sunday, July 20.
Fantasy Tip: The fantasy value of both players hinges on how well they can connect, and Sunday's results were definitely a good start. Watkins should still be drafted as a WR3 at this point, but his stock is only going to rise if he and Manuel continue to show chemistry.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:09:07 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel should do big things this season, considering how much he's grown mentally and physically, according to C Eric Wood.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel showed signs of stardom last year, but also showed signs of inconsistency, partly due to injuries. He doesn't have the greatest wide receiver corps at hand, but his dual threat ability makes him an intriguing backup option in standard leagues.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:02:30 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he wants to play smarter when he runs with the ball because he does not want to suffer another injury. "That was one thing I had to learn: to be smart when I take off with the football," Manuel said. "Instead of trying to get an extra three yards, step out of bounds and slide. Those are all the nuances I had to learn." Manuel said he is 100 percent healthy and stronger than he was last season.
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:07:39 -0700
The Buffalo Bills are only spending $4 million in cap space this season on the quarterback position, with QB EJ Manuel's $2.019 million the highest salary.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:45:42 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said his chemistry with QB EJ Manuel is not fully there. "It's not fully there. I mean, we've been connecting at minicamp, and OTAs," Watkins said. "But at the same time, I could be wide open, and if he don't feel it, or if I run it a different type of way, he won't throw the ball."
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:14:30 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel reportedly leaned heavily on scrambles and dump-offs at organized team activities, saying he took what the defense gave to him. According to a source, his accuracy during two-minute drills and red zone drills were nothing to write home about.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel was better than people give him credit for in his rookie season with the Bills, but he's still not a reliable fantasy option unless you're playing the quarterback-by-committee game. Unless the offense improves, he's cemented in backup fantasy quarterback territory.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:50:25 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said the offense has not been on the same page at times this week, because the coaching staff has started to use the entire playbook. "We put in a lot of offense so the communication part has been extremely important for us to make sure everybody is on the same page every single play," Manuel said. "That's something that we've really been working on." Manuel said it is frustrating when plays are not executed perfectly but understands there are more practices coming up to work on the plays.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:44:13 -0700
Buffalo Bills offensive-coordinator Nathaniel Hackett believes the offense is improving on the up-tempo style from last year. Hackett pointed to the development of QB EJ Manuel and the addition of WR Sammy Watkins among the reasons for the improvement.
Fantasy Tip: Ideally, an up-tempo offense means more plays and more opportunities for the team's main weapons. However, Manuel and company likely have a long way to go before establishing week-to-week consistency, and the weather in Buffalo won't help the cause.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:09:59 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel worked out with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick in the offseason. Kaepernick is known for his offseason workouts in NFL circles. Manuel said he feels 100 percent after his rookie season was plagued by knee injuries.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel is worthy of being a QB2 with the potential to crack starting lineups in good matchups or bye weeks.
Thu, 29 May 2014 17:52:39 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he has been working on reading defenses and going through his progressions this offseason. "Obviously being a young guy sometimes you would look past somebody in a progression when you could've just held on a half second longer and he may have come open," Manuel said. "So just going through my own film study this offseason is something I noticed."
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:26:35 -0700
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team will look to add pieces to the offense that will help QB EJ Manuel be successful this upcoming season. "It's a quarterback driven league, so we're going to give every avenue and every piece of the puzzle to surround EJ and make him as successful as possible," Whaley said. "What we did this offseason affords us the opportunity to go any way and every way in this draft, but our main focus is making sure EJ progresses."
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:26:10 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he knows that there are things he can improve in his game, which is why he worked out with some of his teammates this offseason to build chemistry with them and become more of a leader.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:06:20 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knees) is healthy entering voluntary workouts and feels normal and had no limitations during the Tuesday, April 22 conditioning program. Bills head coach Doug Marrone expects Manuel to continue developing and believes in his potential.
Fantasy Tip: Manuel should be on your radar only in leagues requiring two starting quarterbacks or the deepest of formats.
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:41:52 -0700
The Buffalo Bills are likely to pass on any of the top three quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, suggesting the team is "all in" on QB EJ Manuel for his second season.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:10:43 -0700
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller said he is working out with QB EJ Manuel in California this week. Spiller said they have been working on improving their timing.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:07:05 -0800
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the team could go in any direction at the quarterback position next season, meaning QB EJ Manuel's job may not be safe.
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:30:48 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is excited about the addition of Todd Downing as the team's quarterbacks coach. "I'm very excited to work with coach Downing," Manuel said. "I have a previous history with him last year at the Senior Bowl."
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:52:16 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he plans to work out with some of the team's wide receivers at some point in March or April. Manuel said he intends to invite the running backs to the workouts.
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:33:42 -0800
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) will wear a knee brace moving forward.
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:55:54 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) underwent minor knee surgery after the regular season concluded. Manuel is currently rehabbing the knee.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:59:23 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) is weighing the possibility of surgery on his lateral collateral ligament in his knee.
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:16:30 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said head coach Doug Marrone informed him that he will be the starting quarterback in 2014.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:21:02 -0800
The Buffalo Bills have declared OG Antoine McClain, WR Cordell Roberson, QB EJ Manuel, TE Lee Smith, OG Mark Asper, RB Ronnie Wingo, WR Stevie Johnson inactive for Week 17.
Sat, 28 Dec 2013 07:18:30 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) did not progress enough to play in the team's Week 17 game, according to head coach Doug Marrone. "The decision with EJ is very simple; he did not progress in the way that I wanted it to," Marrone said. "I give him credit, he's disappointed. He did everything he could when he was out there. At the end of the day, the decision process was injury related and he was not able to do the things at 100 percent that in my opinion we need to do to win this game."
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:33:05 -0800
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said QB EJ Manuel (knee) wanted to play Week 17, but that the team was not comfortable with the lateral movement Manuel was showing during practice.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:15:51 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 27, and is doubtful for Week 17.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:40:23 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis (shoulder) will receive his second straight start in Week 17 against the New England Patriots because QB EJ Manuel's (knee) knee did not respond to treatment as the team hoped. Lewis, who has an injured left shoulder, took repetitions in team drills Thursday, Dec. 26.
Fantasy Tip: Lewis is capable of putting up QB2 numbers against the Patriots if you're looking for a replacement in league's that start two signal callers.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:58:55 -0800
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said QBs EJ Manuel (knee) and Thaddeus Lewis split reps with the first-team offense during the team drills Thursday, Dec. 26.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:37:50 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Fantasy Tip: It looks as though Manuel has a shot to return and start against the New England Patriots in Week 17. If he does, however, he's still not a strong choice, even in leagues that allow you to start two QBs.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:48:21 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) is practicing Thursday, Dec. 26.
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:20:34 -0800
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.