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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10/01/17 - QB EJ Manuel finished 11 of 17 for 106 yards and drove the Raiders to a field goal that pulled them within 16-10 with 5:23 left to play after starting QB Derek Carer left the game with an injury. "I thought he showed poise," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "The interaction with him on the sideline, he was in charge, so that was a positive sign I think for our football team knowing that our backup is capable of going into a tough situation and performing at a high level."
03/20/17 - QB EJ Manuel was signed to a contract by the Oakland Raiders on Monday. Manuel, the No. 16 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 draft, is expected to compete with Connor Cook as the primary backup for Oakland. An unrestricted free agent, Manuel brings ample experience to the West Coast, making 29 appearances and 17 starts during his tenure with Buffalo. He owns a 6-11 record as a starter.
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.
08/22/16 - QB EJ Manuel turned in another solid effort in Saturday's 21-0 win over the New York Giants. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 69 yards and a TD.
08/12/16 - QB EJ Manuel figures to get extended playing time with Tyrod Taylor only expected to play a quarter. The Bills only other quarterback is Cardale Jones, and he is not ready for an overload of work.
11/12/15 - QB EJ Manuel continued his slide down the depth chart Thursday, when he was a healthy inactive as the Bills beat the Jets 22-17. It marked the first time Manuel, whom the Bills selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, was a healthy inactive. Manuel started 10 games as a rookie but has made just six starts since. He started consecutive games Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 when QB Tyrod Taylor was sidelined with a knee injury. Manuel has thrown for 561 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions this season.