Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 1/16 -- EJ Manuel, QB, 6-4, 237, Florida State...No team studied quarterback prospects as hard or thoroughly as Buffalo in what was considered a weak class. But in making Manuel their starter of the future, perhaps this season if he can beat out veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson, the Bills get the biggest, fastest (4.55) and one of the smartest quarterbacks available. Manuel will need work, like developing the ability to read the entire field and make his progressions. But his size and versatility as a runner and passer gives new coach Doug Marrone a major building block. - The Sports Xchange
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12/09/13 - Coach Doug Marrone said the coaching staff may have to dial back the game plans for QB EJ Manuel because he may be suffering from a bit of information overload. This is certainly a disappointment because by now, Manuel should be processing information quicker and be able to handle more of the playbook.
"We've been giving him more and more, and now it's a point where you have to re-evaluate that," Marrone said. "We've been going fast with his progression, and now we just have to look at it and get him started again. It's not starting over. Don't get me wrong. We've got to look to see what we can do and probably cut down on what we're doing."
Manuel had his worst game of the year with a passer rating of 31.2. He was sacked seven times and half of them were a result of indecision and holding the ball too long. He also threw four interceptions.
"A disappointing day in my performance," Manuel said. "It starts with me, especially on offense. I'm the quarterback. I'm the leader. These guys feed off of me, and I was supposed to be facilitating the ball to these guys. I didn't do a good job (against the Bucs), plain and simple. Got to get better, plain and simple."
12/04/13 - QB EJ Manuel has yet to win an NFL game away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. He is now 0-3 on the road, and 0-1 in Toronto.
12/02/13 - QB EJ Manuel took a big shot to the ribs in the first quarter, but missed only one play. Manuel played another turnover-free game and threw for 210 yards and one TD on 18 of 32 accuracy.
11/25/13 - QB EJ Manuel is two touchdown passes shy of tying the team rookie record of 10 held by Dennis Shaw in 1970.
11/18/13 - QB EJ Manuel completed 20 of 28 passes for 245 yards and two TDs for a rating of 121.9, his best day as a pro. He completed passes to nine different receivers.
For the first time this season, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett came out of the press box and was on the sidelines calling the plays, and the move seemed to work very well against the Jets. The Bills don't have a quarterbacks coach - Hackett serves in that role, too - so during games, Manuel had no one to talk face to face with on the sideline.
Hackett felt it was necessary to get down there, even if it's a little tougher to call a game because the view isn't as wide-ranging.
"We thought it would be better for the quarterback to have Nate down there," coach Doug Marrone said. "With a young quarterback, trying to get him back … it's a different sense."
Manuel liked the change, saying, "Just being able to look him in the eye. I haven't had face-to-face communication. Instead of being on a mike or a telephone or things like that, it was really good having him down there. He's not going back up. He'll be down there for the rest of my career."
11/13/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel completed only two passes against Pittsburgh
11/11/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel, who had missed the last four games with a knee injury, returned to play.
11/11/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel returned to play for the first time since Oct. 3 and it did not go well. He was 22 of 39 for 155 yards with one TD and one pick, plus he was sacked three times.
11/08/13 - QB EJ Manuel, who has missed the past four games because of knee injury, will be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback on Sunday, coach Doug Marrone said during a radio interview on Friday.
Marrone told Buffalo station WGR-AM that Manuel will be the starter against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.
Manuel hasn't played since suffering an LCL injury in his right knee in the October 3 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Manuel practiced on a limited basis last week, but has been doing everything in practice this week.
"He's done a very good job," Marrone told the team's offical website Friday. "It was a challenge for him not being out there for four weeks. So we worked very hard on the mental aspect and the preparation aspect. He did a great job of that. He came out there this week and had a good week of practice. So we're excited about putting him back out there on the field."
11/04/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel, who has missed the last four games with a knee injury, has been cleared to return to practice.