Data Scout Notes: 2012: 2ndC/2ndM...PUnitas/POBrien/PMaxwell...2011: NA/P1stM/POBrien/PMaxwell...2010: NA
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Draft Scout E.J. Manuel News
01/02/17 - QB EJ Manuel, who replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Bills' starting quarterback in 2013, made his first start of the year but was yanked after going 9-for-20 for 86 yards in three quarters.
01/02/17 - QB EJ Manuel made what is likely his final appearance as a Bill and endured a terrible day as he went 9 of 20 for 86 yards with a lost fumble.
12/28/16 - QB EJ Manuel, named to start the season finale in New York, has not started since the middle of the 2015 season, when he went 0-2 while Tyrod Taylor was recovering from a knee injury.
12/27/16 - QB EJ Manuel will start the regular-season finale against the New York Jets.
08/29/16 - QB EJ Manuel has coach Rex Ryan's faith as the Bills' backup quarterback heading into the season.
Manuel was forced to play almost the entire game at Washington on Friday because third-stringer Cardale Jones did not dress due to a shoulder injury, and starter Tyrod Taylor played only two series as Ryan bucked the trend of playing starters for a half in the third exhibition. Manuel completed 21 of 39 passes for 221 yards and had the potential game-winning touchdown pass with 10 seconds left nullified by a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on receiver Greg Little. Manuel was then sacked on the next play, and his desperation final-play pass in the end zone was intercepted.
"I really like the way he played," Ryan said. "I like the way he competes. He has a great look in his face, man, he loves playing. Guys, you know what, sometimes quarterbacks take a little longer to develop, and I think this is the best EJ Manuel that I've seen."
Manuel has been an ongoing irritation for the fan base because the Bills picked him in the first round back in 2013, and he has never lived up to that status. "Bust" is not too strong a word because Manuel was thought to be the Bills' quarterback of the future, and he most assuredly is not that, nor will he ever be. You can't strike out on first-rounders like that.
He was thrust into a starting role as a rookie when veteran Kevin Kolb got hurt in training camp, and Manuel had some good moments, and there was still hope that he could develop into a solid starter. But four games into his second season, then-head coach Doug Marrone benched him in favor of Kyle Orton - even though the Bills were 2-2 - and Manuel has started just two games since.