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E.J. Manuel says his knees feel fine, knows he has a lot of growing to do

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It has been a year since the Bills drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round of the 2013 draft and they approach his second season without a clear idea of what the future holds for him.

Injuries to both knees affected Manuel from training camp through the end of the regular season, leading to six missed games and lost time that would have helped him develop as a quarterback. Manuel said Tuesday that he’s participating in workouts without any limitations this spring, which means he can devote all of his attention to improving into the quarterback the Bills want him to be.

“I definitely agree there’s a lot out there for myself as a quarterback to get better. I had some success. And I had some bad games as well. It’s obvious,” Manuel said, via the Associated Press. “I’m eager about it. I’m excited. I know there is a lot of area for me to grow. That’s why I took these last four months to allow that growth.”

The Bills have built a solid defense over the last few years, but it won’t be enough to carry them if the offense isn’t able to be more productive in 2014. Manuel will have a big hand in determining that outcome and the future trajectory of his career along with it.

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23 Responses to “E.J. Manuel says his knees feel fine, knows he has a lot of growing to do”
  1. girthhammer says: Apr 23, 2014 9:50 AM

    Get him a RT and a pass threat at TE. Needs to show big improvement and consistency this year or it’s not going to be long before a Bills fan try to sues the organization for drafting him.

  2. rbanks51 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:50 AM

    Mike Williams should help, Woods getting a year better should help, and they will probably use the 9th pick on offense. It would also be nice if his RB’s didn’t limp off the field every other play.

    But still there’s no doubt he has to get better. I like that he’s honest with himself and putting the work in. I don’t expect him to be Aaron Rodgers quite yet, but let’s start with playing all 16 games and putting up a 85-90 QB rating.

  3. floratiotime says: Apr 23, 2014 9:54 AM

    He could use an infusion of talent too. And like the Scarecrow said … “If I only had a brain.”

  4. jpaq68 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:57 AM

    Blaine Gabbert 2.0.

  5. ddarlak says: Apr 23, 2014 10:00 AM

    i’d still take a QB in the second round this year, and keep taking them until you find one that can win…

    EJ, please don’t turn into a check down artist, african-american version of trent edwards…

    throw the damn ball down field like thad would…

  6. cjnbsc says: Apr 23, 2014 10:04 AM

    If he were in the top 15 of QBs the bills could sneak into the playoffs. But he was a major reach and hasn’t shown anything impressive yet.

    Want to know why the bills always suck? Because every time they see someone succeed at something (the wildcat, kaepernick.). They try to emulate with poor copies and keep going after the rest of the league has adjusted.

    Hey guys, try being incentive or at least come up with a consistent plan.

  7. idonttipipaybills says: Apr 23, 2014 10:07 AM

    Manuel has a good head on his shoulders, and is a proven winner, if he can stay healthy the sky is the limit. ….at least we hope so

  8. kingmj4891 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:10 AM

    It is not the knee that worries me but the lack of talent.

  9. charmcitychampions says: Apr 23, 2014 10:11 AM

    Bills need to draft another QB. EJ is horrible. The sooner they move on from that tire fire the better. They won’t due to ego and not wanting to admit they were wrong….and this is why they haven’t been to the playoffs in 15 years.

  10. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Apr 23, 2014 10:13 AM

    A big, mobile pocket passer. I agree, his future trajectory is still unknown. Most importantly, it seems his mind is in the right place, and his drive and determination to succeed make me hope that he could have a Steve McNair type career.

  11. jpaq68 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:25 AM

    cjnbsc says:

    Want to know why the bills always suck? Because every time they see someone succeed at something (the wildcat, kaepernick.). They try to emulate with poor copies and keep going after the rest of the league has adjusted.

    Exactly. They thought they saw the next Russell Wilson (they didn’t) and jumped on him before anyone else could. Talk about over-reaching – they could have got him in the third round.

  12. mikejune says: Apr 23, 2014 10:31 AM

    I thought he looked halfway decent for a rookie last year. He didn’t make a lot of dumb passes, which is a good and rare sign for a rookie QB. The knee issues would worry me though.

  13. cptbuff says: Apr 23, 2014 10:33 AM

    Blaine Gabbert 2.0?

    Blaine Gabbert: 27 starts, 5 wins, 22 total TDs
    EJ Manuel: 10 starts, 4 wins, 13 total TDs

    Yeah, you’re right.

  14. djshnooks says: Apr 23, 2014 10:45 AM

    EJ has no brain? That’s really funny.

    He was never a winner? 4-0 in bowl games.

    The genius of some of you f*cking morons REALLY shines through in these comments.

  15. djshnooks says: Apr 23, 2014 10:46 AM

    And again, he wouldn’t have been available in the 2nd, let alone the 3rd…he was gonna be the 1st QB taken no matter what.

    The Eagles wanted him badly.

  16. dxh02 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:17 AM

    Maybe they’ll trade Nick Foles for him…

  17. fireeyes111 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:20 AM

    They always say there are things you can teach and things you can’t. Some of those are physical, like arm strength and hand size.

    But some are mental too, like the drive to be the first person in the weight room, the last to leave, and study film nonstop in between. Manuel seems to have those qualities in spades.

    His accuracy might never been good enough to be an elite QB, but at least the kid is willing to put the work in. More than you can say about some of these guys lately.

  18. ghostofgilchrist says: Apr 23, 2014 12:08 PM

    Other than the obvious injury problems, the fact that the Bills added a QB coach, and I believe another offensive assistant, tells me that Hackett was a bit overwhelmed as a first year OC. Hopefully the extra attention EJ will get helps.

  19. oldfootballisbetter says: Apr 23, 2014 12:28 PM

    i`m really worried. he threw lot`s of short hops and over throws last year when he was playing. hopefully it passes with game reps but….

  20. harvestern says: Apr 23, 2014 12:44 PM

    EJ is a scum bag and a complete bust, not to mention made of glass. why they would draft someone with so many character issues and a complete lack of starter calibre ability is a mystery.

  21. rugg13 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:48 PM

    The Bills could bring a thousand coaches in help improve EJ. It will not help. When the bullets fly he is not good. You need a play maker at QB. Why the Bills blow is every pick they make is to help EJ become better. When the Bills finally get a QB that makes everyone else better they will have a chance to make the playoffs.

  22. jeffreyshulenburg says: Apr 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    The Bills were second in the AFC East in scoring last season. They were last in points allowed. Which unit is letting down which?

    That said, Manuel has all the physical tools to succeed. And he is one heck of an intelligent guy. And to boot, hes a hard worker. If these 3 qualities can meet in him, he will be “the guy” for the next decade. He just needs to put it together

  23. jeffreyshulenburg says: Apr 23, 2014 2:23 PM

    “His accuracy might never been good enough to be an elite QB, but at least the kid is willing to put the work in. More than you can say about some of these guys lately.”

    His accuracy was fine when he sits in the pocket. The issue is that the right side of the OL folded on him week after week, causing him to run. His biggest flaw as a QB that I saw was his tenancy to wait for his guys to get open instead of anticipating the matchups like the greats do. The extra time he gave allowed defenses to read him.

    Also, and I know its not his fault, MORE MARQUISE GOODWIN! You have an Olympic track star on your team that made Antonio Cromartie and the rest of the Jets secondary look like a 300 pound OT. Use him!

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