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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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.
10/22/15 - QB EJ Manuel will make his 16 career start Sunday in London vs. Jacksonville with Tyrod Taylor (knee) out.
Manuel is 6-9 as a starter including a 34-21 loss to the Bengals last week.
10/19/15 - EJ Manuel wasn't terrible in his first start Sunday since Week 4 of 2014, but he was typically inconsistent, which is mainly why he lost his job in the first place last year to Kyle Orton. Buffalo's 34-21 loss to the Bengals could not be pinned on Manuel.
In the end, he did put up three touchdowns and it was the defense that disappointed. However, Manuel does not bring the same dynamic that Tyrod Taylor does, especially with his athleticism, and also with his accuracy. Manuel just throws too many passes that are off target, and if not for some great catches by his receivers, his numbers would have been worse.
"I thought at times he was outstanding, then other times he probably wishes he had a couple throws back," said Ryan. "But overall I was pretty happy with EJ."
Manuel, who always tries to stay positive, admitted there were a few throws he'd like back, but he thought he played well enough to win the game.
"It's been a long time, I thought it went alright, but at the end of the day we didn't win, and that's the toughest part," he said. "Performance wise, of course there are some things I wish that I could have done better, but I thought it was solid."
10/18/15 - QB EJ Manuel wasn't terrible in his first start in more than a year, but he wasn't good enough. Manuel limited the negative plays, turning the ball over just once and taking only two sacks. He completed 67 percent of his passes for an average of 6.2 yards per attempt. Those are better than his career numbers, but not as good as what Tyrod Taylor was able to produce through the first five games.
10/14/15 - QB EJ Manuel, who may get the start Sunday, has not started a game since Week 4 of the 2014 season in Houston.
09/23/15 - QB EJ Manuel will serve as the backup to Tyrod Taylor now that Matt Cassel has been traded.
09/13/15 - QB EJ Manuel is the inactive third quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel vs. the Colts.