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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12/22/14 - There will be speculation over the next few days regarding who will start at quarterback for Buffalo in the season finale at New England, Kyle Orton or EJ Manuel. Orton has not played well for most of the second half of the season, and it's pretty clear the Bills will probably need to move on from him at season's end.
However, 2013 first-round draft pick Manuel, who was benched in favor of Orton after Week 4, hasn't thrown a pass since then, and it might be counter-productive to thrust him into action against the 12-3 Patriots after such a long layoff.
"I'm just going to try to win every game I play," coach Doug Marrone said. "I'll look at the film, see what we have to do, and play who gives us the best chance to win next week."
09/29/14 - QB EJ Manuel has been benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton for Sunday's game at Detroit.
Coach Doug Marrone showed great patience with Manuel, the team's first-round pick in 2013 who has rarely shown during his first 14 NFL starts that he will ever be the quarterback the Bills need to lead them to a playoff berth for the first time since 1999. But Marrone surely deduced that Manuel could cost him his job, given that the ownership of the team is about to be transferred, and who knows what that means for the employees at One Bills Drive.
"Obviously as the head coach you've got to evaluate everything and at the end of the day you've got to make the right decisions with your mind and when you're able to see things and with your heart," said Marrone. "The one thing when you go to bed at night you have to make sure you're making the best decisions to help our football team win. In saying that we're going to make a change at quarterback. Kyle Orton will go in there."
09/28/14 - QB EJ Manuel attempted a career-high 44 pass attempts, completing 21 for 225 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Despite their proficiency on the ground -- the Bills rushed for 96 yards on 23 carries -- the Bills nearly attempted twice as many passes as rushes. "I think that when we get into games where we throw as much as we did, that gets us in trouble," Bills coach Doug Marrone said.
09/24/14 - QB EJ Manuel, who gets knocked for not throwing the ball downfield, actually ranks second in the NFL with eight pass completions of 25 yards or more, behind only Nick Foles (11) of Philadelphia. Of course, most of those plays were big run-after-catch situations.
09/22/14 - The numbers can be finagled anyway you want, but the bottom line is that while Manuel has a 63.2 completion percentage and a 90.8 passer rating, the Bills need more from their second-year quarterback if they're ever going to make a push for the playoffs. Manuel was fairly efficient in wins over Chicago and Miami, but he was a non-factor against San Diego. He went 23 for 39 passing for 238 yards and a touchdown while not turning the ball over. But Manuel's continued problems with inaccuracy and failing to make quick reads and get through his progressions remain a major stumbling block in his development.
"I think my accuracy is fine," said Manuel. "I noticed a few throws that I could stick on guys, but at the same time we just have to go out there and make plays. That's the biggest thing, making plays when they're there and just trying to hit those home runs, you can't miss those."
Manuel has thrown for just 613 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
09/17/14 - EJ Manuel has three straight games in which his quarterback rating was above 90.0, dating to 2013, the first Bills quarterback to do that since Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
09/15/14 - QB EJ Manuel completed 16 of 26 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. Just as important, he was turnover- and sack-free in the Bills' 29-10 win over the Dolphins. His two-game passer rating is 95.4.
09/11/14 - QB EJ Manuel established a new career-best single-game completion percentage of 72.7 against the Bears (16 of 22). That was the third-best of the week in the NFL.
09/08/14 - QB EJ Manuel completed 16-of-22 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He directed one sharp nine-play, 71-yard scoring drive, and made a couple nice downfield throws, which has been a big hole in his game.
09/07/14 - QB EJ Manuel is showing progress. His 16-for-22 passing was the best percentage game of his two-year career but what he said he was most proud of was that the Bills did not panic after they began the game with a three-and-out. Buffalo scored a touchdown on its second possession.