Bills name team captains, none of whom are E.J. Manuel

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Votes for team captains can be telling, as they’re a barometer of who leads in the locker room (if you trust the veracity of the count).

But sometimes, they can also be signs of pending change.

The Bills just announced their six captains for the coming season, none of whom are starting quarterback E.J. Manuel.

Cornerback Corey Graham, running back Fred Jackson, linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, defensive end Mario Williams and center Eric Wood received that honor.

Granted, Wood and Jackson have been around Buffalo much longer than Manuel, and have the kind of qualities you want in a leader.

But last year in Tampa Bay, quarterback Josh Freeman lost his C, and very quickly his starting job then his roster spot. There’s no indication that Manuel’s in that kind of jeopardy, but it might speak to how he’s viewed by his peers.

Assuming the voting is legitimate, of course.

30 responses to “Bills name team captains, none of whom are E.J. Manuel

  1. Brandon Spikes a captain ?? Wasn’t much of a leader in NE or UF.

    Looks like the Browns will have two picks in the top 5 picks of the 2015 draft. Smart trade to move up 4 slots and give up the #1 pick .

    No playoffs appearances in the 21st century.

  2. I’m not a Buffalo Bill fan. Only the media wants this to be a bigger story than it is. He’s a second-year player. Just because he’s the starting QB doesn’t mean he should be a captain, especially when he hasn’t proven anything and all the guys chosen captains are veterans. If people want to have you as a leader on the field and in the locker room, you need to show what you can do on the field first. And Manuel has not shown much so far.

  3. Let’s be real. They’re paying backup QB Kyle Orton $5M, he’ll be the starting QB by Week 4, maybe earlier.

    EJ Manuel will make an okay backup one day, but that’s it.

  4. This is such a non story, criticize EJ all you want for accuracy issues, but not this. The six captains selected by the Bills are their most veteran players. In fact, the youngest is 27 years old. What’s EJ 22 or 23?

  5. I love how everybody is saying how smart the Browns are. This is the same team that received a boat load of picks for Julio Jones and only has 1 pick left to show for it, Phil Taylor. Can you imagine if they would have just kept their picks? Jones, Watkins and Gordon, assuming he could keep his head on straight.

    Wouldn’t that be a much better receiving core for Johnny Football over what they currently have? But no, let’s just keep lying to ourselves and saying that the Browns are smart. Way to go Brownies, you nailed this.

  6. While I agree that this isn’t overly meaningful considering Jackson and Wood are good leaders, I do think that if Manuel had shown signs he was going to be a franchise qb, he’d be a C.

    The doubt is clearly creeping in already.

    Honestly, I hope to god this team gets sold fast (and stays put). When you do things like hire an average college coach, reaching for a QB that should have been a 3rd round pick because you were overreacting to Kapernick winning a couple games and letting all pro players walk for nothing in their prime.

    Pathetic running of an nfl team.

  7. what a disaster of a pick….why ???? was he not going to be there rd 2, 3, 4, ???
    and i know it’s only pre season but Watkins constantly hurt is not a good omen. The Browns could have 2 top 5 picks next year, and of course they will screw it up. EJ Manuel is awful, and its a shame, cause Bills fans deserve a winner

  8. Here’s how you have chemistry in the locker room: don’t have players that make other players think “jeez. I gotta play with this guy?”

    Frankly, I think Manuel was drafted 1-2 rounds too early while in an organization run by bad executives and a coaching staff that doesn’t put players in position to succeed and thus a victim of unrealistic expectations.

    Now, he doesn’t have the full locker room behind him even though his rookie season was statistically better than Flacco, Sanchez, and stafford’s.

  9. Not getting the “C” is not the same as losing the “C”.

    Wood and Jackson have been leading the locker room for years. Changing that fact would have been an actual story.

    So what changes? Nothing. Glad you’re paying attention, though. After the season, the internship is over. We promise this time.

  10. The Bills players understand what some “fans”, and the media apparently doesn’t…he’s a second year QB, with 10 games under his belt…not much of a resume for captain.

    Troy Polamalu was named a captain for the first time in 12 years. What does that say about him…one of the best safeties to ever play the game? I guess the Steelers players didn’t think much of him the last 12 years. NFL fans are soooo stupid. They should do a study on the cause, and effect of hits to the head taken by fans.

  11. Pathetic running of a team?

    How about getting Jerry Hughes for Kelvin Sheppard? How smart are the Colts?

    How about finding Kiko Alonso in the 2nd?

    How about Seantrel Henderson in the 7th?

    Some of you, many of you, have no clue…and it’s embarrassing for yourself.

  12. therealbillybuffalo says:
    Sep 1, 2014 9:26 AM

    I love how everybody is saying how smart the Browns are. This is the same team that received a boat load of picks for Julio Jones and only has 1 pick left to show for it, Phil Taylor. Can you imagine if they would have just kept their picks? Jones, Watkins and Gordon, assuming he could keep his head on straight.

    Wouldn’t that be a much better receiving core for Johnny Football over what they currently have? But no, let’s just keep lying to ourselves and saying that the Browns are smart. Way to go Brownies, you nailed this.
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    Regardless of whatever you feel about the Browns, it doesn’t change the fact that Buffalo gave up what looks to be a top-10 pick, to move up a few spots and grab an injury-prone WR.

    Watkins could well have a phenomenal rookie season but for once, the Browns actually WERE smart. They were gladly willing to give a likely 5-11 Buffalo team their WR, while collecting Buffalo’s 1st rounder for next year.

  13. Remember, Mike Pettine came to Cleveland from Buffalo. He has a pretty good feel for their roster and what it’s capable of. The fact that he was willing to make that trade in his first draft as a head coach should tell you what he thinks of Buffalo’s squad.

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