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Manuel doesn’t shrink from responsibility

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All the draft picks at this week’s NFL Rookie Symposium are learning about the pitfalls that can come with their new opportunities.

But as the first quarterback taken, and the guy expected to lead the Bills out of a generation of mediocrity-at-best, there’s an extra burden on E.J. Manuel.

Manuel said that the Symposium was an introduction into what he can expect as the guy the Bills expect to become the face of the franchise.

It’s a great responsibility,” Manuel said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “You’re always going to be watched, always going to be evaluated each and every day. You’ve got to take that responsibility and respect it. . . .

“I had high expectations no matter where I went in the draft. I’m a natural competitor. I mean, that’s something I was going to work toward anyway. So I don’t feel any added pressure.”

Of course, the first thing Manuel has to do to reach his goal is to prove more able than Kevin Kolb. While that shouldn’t be the most difficult thing in the world, being in a setting where setting up their future is the main topic of discussion had Manuel thinking about what his legacy as a player would be.

“I’ve always been taught that a good name is more important than great treasure,” Manuel said. “So just keeping that respect for yourself and keeping your name clean, I think that’s what adds to your legacy.

“Obviously, when you play well you have a football legacy. But at the end of the day, I still want to be known as more than a football player. I want to be remembered as a great man.”

If he can deliver the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, he’ll have the first half of that taken care of.

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32 Responses to “Manuel doesn’t shrink from responsibility”
  1. norvturnersneck says: Jun 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    Playoffs?!?!

  2. corkspop says: Jun 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Now do you see why this man was taken ahead of Geno Smith?

  3. romosmicrodongs says: Jun 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    couldn’t beat ponder for the starting job

  4. rocamob says: Jun 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    If Geno Smith made these same comments — this story would be filled with comments killing him.

  5. rocamob says: Jun 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    No, I still haven’t seen why he was taken ahead of Geno Smith. From his college stats, to his awful mechanics I can’t figure it out. Find me a QB drafted that hasn’t said these same things. JP Losman probably said the exact same garbage. You earn your keeps on the field — something Manuel has yet to do, even in college.

  6. gerard33 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    Not a bills fan, but there are so many reason I would love to see this kid succeed and bring buffalo back… how refreshing that would be… i get the feeling lots of people out there feel that way (there are also many more who doubt it will work)

  7. darrellx3 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    The not being able to beat out Ponder comment is stupid, and tells you nothing about his future in the NFL.

  8. romosmicrodongs says: Jun 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    truth hurts

  9. 2ruefan says: Jun 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    Hate to say it (nothing against the Bills) but I just think he’s going to be yet ANOTHER (yawn) “athletic” QB who never amounts to much of anything cuz he just is NOT that good as a QB..

    1) Aaron Brooks
    2) Tarvaris Jackson
    3) Joe Webb
    4) Andre Ware
    5) Vince Young
    6) Rodney Peete
    7) Jeff Blake

  10. rocamob says: Jun 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    I figured it out. He was taken ahead of Geno Smith because the Bills drafted him. And they really know what they are doing when it comes to drafts

  11. thehouseofho says: Jun 25, 2013 1:58 PM

    @romosmicrodongs says:
    Jun 25, 2013 1:27 PM
    couldn’t beat ponder for the starting job

    =====

    And Brady couldn’t beat out Brian Griese.

  12. ozymandias121 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:01 PM

    Has he played a game yet? Let alone a preseason game?

  13. m3dman3 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    Lol all these negative comments cone from people who know nothing about football. I especially love the list of mobile quarterbacks, want to make a list of pocket passers who were busts? So irrelevant. And the mechanics?? Nobody thought Tom Brady would ever have good enough”mechanics” lol you are all pretty ignorant to facts.

  14. steves11 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    If the only competition Manuel has is Kevin Kolb, then it should be a slam dunk for him.

  15. darrellx3 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:24 PM

    —————————–
    romosmicrodongs says:
    Jun 25, 2013 1:45 PM
    truth hurts
    —————————–

    That’s what I told Barry Sanders

  16. 2ruefan says: Jun 25, 2013 2:25 PM

    m3dman3 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:15 PM ,
    Love the ignorant comments by people who just assume that because someone disagrees with them they know “nothing” about football.

    Didn’t say he WOULD be a failure. Just said I fear he would be.

    And For the record genius, nobody questioned Brady’s “mechanics” as a draftee… they questioned his physical size, strength. Which WAS suspect. He has developed physically quite a bit since then.

    And people CAN develop and get better. Hope he does.

  17. 2ruefan says: Jun 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    And Ponder won 10 games and took his team to the playoffs, BTW last year for all the Ponder Bashers.

    If Manual wins that many this year, I will also consider him “successful” as a QB. (No matter HOW many yards his Running back does or does not have… )

  18. 2ruefan says: Jun 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    And Ponder won 10 games and took his team to the playoffs, BTW last year for all the Ponder Bashers.

    If Manuel wins that many this year, I will also consider him “successful” as a QB. (No matter HOW many yards his Running back does or does not have… )

  19. immafubared says: Jun 25, 2013 2:29 PM

    Sounds level headed. Perhaps why he went first. Why do I think his Wonderlick was higher than say other QB’s.

    Ponder had a superior Wonderlick. He graduated from college in 3 years. Thus, the reason the Vikes picked him: you can’t teach smarts. He was smart enough to learn to scramble like Tarkington and learn to play within his abilities. He doesn’t have a great arm and doesn’t need one.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    E.J. could shrink from the responsibility and he would still be a lot bigger than Kevin Kolb.

  21. rickywatts80 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    Boy, Manuel looks great in a uniform. He did at Florida State, too, but he BLEW. I can’t believe the Bills selected him where they did. This guy is NOT a starting caliber NFL QB.

  22. mz1394 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    Who cares the bills suck and will finish last in division again #carebearsmafia

  23. kgun80 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:07 PM

    We will see… If any of us ( people posting) were experts we wouldn’t be at work posting opinions on a football web site.
    The kid has all the physical tools and seems to be level headed. Hope he is the guy to bring the Bills out of the AFC cellar. But only time will tell.

  24. pftfollower says: Jun 25, 2013 3:08 PM

    ““Hate to say it (nothing against the Bills) but I just think he’s going to be yet ANOTHER (yawn) “athletic” QB who never amounts to much of anything cuz he just is NOT that good as a QB..”

    Why ever isn’t tebow on this list, which of these things is not like the others?

  25. henryjones20 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    wasnt he like 4-0 in bowl games at fsu? yeah i guess that sucks.lolk

  26. 2ruefan says: Jun 25, 2013 3:30 PM

    Tebow is not on my list, because (despite what the Jets did with him) he actually WAS successful as a QB (took the Broncos to the playoffs AND won a game.

    AGAIN.. if Manuel does that (and don’t care HOW he does it) I will also call him “successful”…

  27. jpaq68 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    m3dman3 says:
    Jun 25, 2013 2:15 PM
    Lol all these negative comments cone from people who know nothing about football.

    Well, I DO know that the Bills have sucked, do suck and will continue to suck – for years and years to come. It’ll probably be another thirteen years or more before they see another playoff game.

  28. blanchonegro says: Jun 25, 2013 3:54 PM

    the more I see n listen to Manuel the n the more I see n listen to the other qbs drafted the more I think the Bills got the right QB.

  29. m3dman3 says: Jun 25, 2013 4:18 PM

    @jpaq Well that just proves my point. You must be killing it in Vegas. Such an idiot lol

  30. jpaq68 says: Jun 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    m3dman3, I’ve made a killing betting agianst the Bills over the past 13 years at the sportsbook.

  31. boyshole25 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:46 PM

    Stop talkin ponder up he’s garbage mediocre at best

  32. boyshole25 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:47 PM

    This kid is gonna be great idk why all the hate

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