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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12/27/13 - QB EJ Manuel participated on a limited basis in practice Thursday, and it now seems likely that he won't play against the Patriots. Thad Lewis took the bulk of the first-team reps.
12/26/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel participated on a limited basis in practice Thursday, and it now seems likely that he won't play against the Patriots. Thad Lewis took the bulk of the first-team reps.
12/25/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel practiced Tuesday, but his status is unknown for the game so Thad Lewis took first-team reps.
12/24/13 - EJ Manuel sat out the Miami game with another knee injury and watched Lewis direct his second victory of the year over the Dolphins. Manuel practiced Tuesday, and coach Doug Marrone said he would be re-evaluated Thursday before he determines whether the rookie will be able to play against the Patriots. If he can't, it would be a supremely disappointing end to Manuel's season.
He has started 10 games and finished nine, a sample size that leaves his first-year grade at incomplete. Playing against the Patriots would have been important because it's one more opportunity to evaluate the player whom the Bills are hoping is their quarterback of the future.
If he can't go, Thad Lewis will play. He's nothing more than a backup, and for most Bills fans, he's a player the team should take a serious look at replacing in favor of a more accomplished veteran at the position given Manuel's apparent injury-prone nature.
"I'm going to take a look again," Marrone said Tuesday of Manuel's workout. "We've got a day's rest. He went out there and threw well. We're just going to rest him a little bit and come back Thursday and see how his mobility is going."
12/23/13 - QB EJ Manuel was inactive due to a knee injury, and coach Doug Marrone is not sure what Manuel's status will be for Sunday at New England.
12/19/13 - QB EJ Manuel missed his second day of practice and will be inactive for the game against Miami.
12/18/13 - QB EJ Manuel is now the Bills' single-season record-holder for TD passes (11) and completions (180) by a rookie, though he won't get the chance to add to those totals this week.
12/18/13 - QB EJ Manuel was held out of practice Wednesday, and it was announced that he would not play this week against Miami due to a knee injury.
12/16/13 - QB EJ Manuel suffered a sprained left knee, but he finished the game and coach Doug Marrone thinks he'll be fine for Sunday's game against Miami.
12/11/13 - -- QB EJ Manuel is 16 completions shy of setting a new team record for a rookie passer. The mark is 178 set by Dennis Shaw in 1970.