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Mike Williams: EJ Manuel’s Thursday practice was the “best I’ve ever seen him”


Here’s some good news for those hoping Bills quarterback EJ Manuel will improve in his second NFL season.

In Thursday’s practice vs. the Steelers, the Bills’ 2013 first-round pick completed 17-of-22 passes in full-team drills, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak. Perhaps more importantly, Manuel got a major compliment from veteran wideout Mike Williams.

“I told EJ, to be honest, my exact words were this is the best I’ve ever seen him,” Williams told reporters after practice, according to an interview transcript from the club. “I don’t think he threw an incomplete pass today. Everything was on time, we got everything we wanted. It was perfect. Coming out of our breaks and the ball is right there. It’s just the best I’ve seen him.

“If he keeps going like this, we’re going to be something to play with.”

Manuel, for his part, said he was pleased with his play, but he’s aiming to set a high standard at all times, not just on occasion.

“I thought I was consistent. That is something I want to continue to build on. Don’t let it be a one, a two, a three-day streak,” Manuel said. “Make it an everyday thing. It is a process. I am still going to continue to buy into the process.”

Just 24, and with only 10 regular season games and four exhibitions to his credit, Manuel could very well still have room to grow. And Williams’ remarks suggest the Bills’ starting quarterback took it up a notch on Thursday. That isn’t an unhealthy sign for player and team, even if it’s just practice.

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25 Responses to “Mike Williams: EJ Manuel’s Thursday practice was the “best I’ve ever seen him””
  1. tolan04 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:36 PM

    Whether he has good games or bad games give him a full season and see what the bills really have in Manuel. Bums bashing him during preseason games is ridiculous.

  2. ghjjf says: Aug 14, 2014 9:41 PM

    The fans in Toronto are looking forward to cheering him on!

  3. mackcarrington says: Aug 14, 2014 9:42 PM

    He missed so much practice time last year he couldn’t get into a groove. Of course he still has room to grow. And this is what practice is for.

  4. minnesotablizzard says: Aug 14, 2014 9:44 PM

    I would hope EJ has room to grow considering he was just drafted and injured for part of the year

  5. wwwmattcom says: Aug 14, 2014 9:49 PM

    This season depends on EJ.

  6. tejguy says: Aug 14, 2014 9:49 PM

    Pats fan here, so glad we will stop hearing about these practice superstars, including Garrapollo after 1/2 a preseason game, but hey these guys will have to put up or fall back into irrelevancy soon enough. Hopefully Garrapollo won’t be able to prove himself anytime soon haha

    Can’t wait for the regular season to start!

  7. catquick says: Aug 14, 2014 9:50 PM

    It’s not just practice. It’s practice against the Steelers.

  8. jetsclaps says: Aug 14, 2014 9:52 PM

    Worst starting QB in the league. Never going to amount to more than a career backup.

  9. conspiracybrotherjones says: Aug 14, 2014 9:56 PM

    “We’re talking about practice”…

  10. ctiggs says: Aug 14, 2014 10:17 PM


  11. billsfan1 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:32 PM

    It doesn’t matter to the haters, it was just practice… Except when he practices poorly, then it does matter right?

    Long live Pegula

  12. beardinals says: Aug 14, 2014 10:56 PM

    everybody’s a pro bowler and SB contender this time of year.

  13. camgreezy says: Aug 14, 2014 10:59 PM

    EJ’s just getting started. Bring on the haters. #Billsmafia

  14. codythao35 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:07 AM

    You won’t see this again for the rest of your life.

  15. pioniere says: Aug 15, 2014 12:41 AM

    We need him to be this good all the time if we’re going to beat the rest of the AFC East and get back into the playoffs.

  16. jvillenole says: Aug 15, 2014 12:41 AM

    The kid can play. Good guy. Just all around good guy.

  17. denko310 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:48 AM

    Turn down for what?

  18. gayforbrady says: Aug 15, 2014 2:41 AM

    As a pats fan since birth and being part of so many losing seasons, I always found myself rooting for jim kell bills in the playoffs.

    They need a QB, they now have a great set of receivers.

    EJ was a bad choice

  19. nevsky187 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:57 AM

    I think I could complete 17/22 against the Steelers’ geriatric secondary. Oldest and possibly worst in the NFL.

  20. billswillnevermove says: Aug 15, 2014 7:30 AM

    Just hoping the light comes on for this kid this year. So hard to tell, he only played 10 games last year. What I do like about him is he is a polite young man and wants to learn. He has all the tools. We will soon find out.

  21. tinytoolalldrool says: Aug 15, 2014 7:33 AM

    Anyone could look good against that D.

  22. unclebluck says: Aug 15, 2014 9:16 AM

    Good. Now lets see him do it in a real game…

  23. novajoemicmac says: Aug 15, 2014 9:16 AM

    The Bills don’t need Manuel to be Peyton Manning good, they just need him to be Russell Wilson good and they’ll make the playoffs.

  24. eroschmidt says: Aug 15, 2014 9:57 AM

    We have seen some signs and flashes but it’s been the inconsistency that has us Bills fans worried. Sometimes he looks good, sometimes he is all over the place. He needs to be on target with his longer passes. He is not a rookie anymore. With trading the 2015 1st round pick next year to get Sammy Watkins, management is showing they want to get him some weapons and they want to start winning NOW. LETS GO BUFFALO!!!

  25. stoogy says: Aug 15, 2014 7:17 PM

    Sammy was making steeler db’s look stupid yesterday in Latrobe. EJ has all the weapons he needs. No excuses.

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