Report: Manuel could reclaim starting job in Buffalo

AP

Apparently, Tyrod Taylor could get Wally Pipped by a guy who got benched for Kyle Orton.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has a chance to win back the starting job with a strong performance in place of Taylor on Sunday. Taylor, who won the job over Manuel and Matt Cassel after joining the team as a free agent, has a sprained MCL and reportedly will miss the game.

One of the key factors for Manuel will be getting the ball to receiver Sammy Watkins, who stepped way out of character this week with complaints about his lack of touches — and about Taylor’s inability or unwillingness to throw Watkins the ball. In one of the four games Watkins and Manuel played together last season, Watkins caught eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.

In three games with Taylor this year, Watkins has seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Although the goal always should be to put the best players on the field, in Buffalo it feels like the quarterback situation could be a product of the ongoing push and pull between the front office, which is invested in Manuel, and the coaching staff, which is invested in Taylor. With someone (possibly in the front office) leaking to the league-owned media conglomerate the notion that Manuel could win back the job he lost more than a year ago, guys in the locker room could start choosing sides.

And with coach Rex Ryan refusing to muzzle his players and the team reportedly having no problem with Watkins’ decision to go public with his complaints about the offense and Taylor, don’t be surprised if members of the team start making their cases to the media about whether Taylor or Manuel should play.

If the Bills can stay on the right side of .500, it won’t be an issue. If they start to fade, it could all implode.

37 responses to “Report: Manuel could reclaim starting job in Buffalo

  1. It could happen… As much as I like Tyrod he looked like he was solved by the Titans for 3/4 of the game..and as much of a an X factor as he is with his speed and running ability his size is a factor. There have been more then a couple times this season he’s been in the pocket and literally held the ball because he could not see a passing lane. Anyone who watched the Pats game saw that they were just keeping contain and got 8!! Sacks.Not saying EJ is better, but he seemed to be able to make all the throws and worked pretty well in the preseason. The Bills could win today… Besides the Seahawks are the only quality win the Bengals have. As good as Cincy is this is the type of game they seem to blow each season.

  2. I realize it was six or seven sentences long and that’s asking a lot, but I guess y’all quit reading before you got to the part of the article where it says it wouldn’t be better for the team, but it could happen because the suits want it… and given the pathetic losers that occupy those suits, how could anyone doubt it?

  3. Before the season started, Patriots fans were reading a steady diet of how much the Bills had improved, how much the Jets had improved, how much the Dolphins had improved ….. the Patriots, it seemed, were finally going to be challenged in the AFC east, by all THREE teams.

    How’s that working out for you?

  4. Remember when Tyrod Taylor hung in there with Tom Brady and the game ended up being a one possession game even though the Bills defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed?

    The game ended on a dropped pass that got picked off the deflection.

    Who dropped that pass again? Oh right… Loud mouth Sammy Watkins.

  5. Sure, if he suddenly plays like Rogers, Brees, Rivers or Brady he might. Hell, if he plays that well, why wouldn’t he? But seriously …. really? No, not a chance.

  6. I had no doubt in my mind that this thing that Rex Ryan created would thrive in all its glory. Qb conundrum and second guessing is his specialty and no one does it better. The only two that come close are the two teams in Texas, but their issues were unavoidable.

  7. Patriots game, 4th down game on the line, perfect pass from Taylor hitting Sammy in the hands, who stone hands it, pops it up to the Pats for a pick, end of game. Maybe he should focus on catching the ones that do come to him before he wants more touches.

  8. Rex likes tyrod because he doesn’t realize teams have caught up to the mobile qbs. He thinks hes being coy and making teams prepare for the run too. While they may flash here and there, they will not win consistently

  9. I hope the readers don’t actually buy this. As a Bills fan, I can tell you, that Tyrod is the guy going forward. Like it or not

  10. Tyrod Taylor is the guy. What this post has done is suggest that Doug Whaley isn’t, which should come as good news. This is the kind of thing that could have been leaked by anyone for any reason, but which only serves to suggest a potential rift in the old guys.

  11. Ej better hope for better o line play then….way better, Tyrod has bailed out bad pass blocking with his feet alone. That being said I still think Ej is the better passing QB of the two and he if he gets the blocking can easily have a really good day…if he is indeed playing. Watkins,Woods,Hogan,Goodwin….he knows these guys

  12. “Teams have caught up to the mobile qb.”

    That’s funny because they started to dominate the Titans once tyrod Finally began to run in the 2nd half.

    I think be attempted one rush the entire first half and then most of the 3rd quarter?

    he has a higher completion percentage. More td’s and less interceptions than the guy he sat behind for 4 years in Flacco.

    Not everyone can be Tom Brady. But Tyrod has looked like he’s at least a top 10 QB.

    Imagine if he had his receivers and running backs healthy for the season.

  13. Ian – please stop making things up.
    Mike – please stop giving credence to these ridiculous stories.

    What’s next …. A story from the Weather Channel saying that the Earth could crash into the sun?

  14. I swear Ian Rapoport has now replaced Adam Schefter in terms of most inaccurate reporter out there. Every Sunday he comes out with these outrageous reports out of left field and is so wrong its almost comical. People need to stop reporting his reports because their awful and never accurate. And Glazer just came out and said your an idiot Rapoport just manufacturing news for clicks

  15. emulex20 says:

    I swear Ian Rapoport has now replaced Adam Schefter in terms of most inaccurate reporter out there. Every Sunday he comes out with these outrageous reports out of left field and is so wrong its almost comical. People need to stop reporting his reports because their awful and never accurate. And Glazer just came out and said your an idiot Rapoport just manufacturing news for clicks
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I think Adam Schefter is one of the best football reporters there is. Rapoport is more in league with Chris Mortensen and Peter King.

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