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.