Bills say they’re “very comfortable” with Manuel as their backup

It’s been a rough year for Bills quarterback EJ Manuel: He came in third in the training camp battle with Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel last year, the Bills went 0-2 in the games Manuel started, the team declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract, and he got more competition when Cardale Jones was drafted.

But the team still says it’s confident in Manuel if he has to play this season.

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley says he’s “very comfortable” with Manuel, adding that Manuel is one of the league’s top backup quarterbacks, according to the Buffalo News.

By waiting until the end of the fourth round to draft a quarterback and taking a project like Jones rather than a quarterback viewed as ready to play right away, Whaley has shown that the Bills appear comfortable going with Manuel as No. 2 behind Taylor on the depth chart. Last year, the games when they had to turn to Manuel didn’t work out too well. Perhaps this year will be different, but the Bills have to be hoping right now that Taylor will start 16 games.

28 responses to “Bills say they’re “very comfortable” with Manuel as their backup

  1. “Bills General Manager Doug Whaley says he’s “very comfortable” with Manuel, adding that Manuel is one of the league’s top backup quarterbacks”

    Ah ha ha! That’s hilarious.

    Only in Buffalo.

  2. TRANSLATION: We are stuck with his guaranteed salary for 2016, so we might as well have him as back up, instead of cutting him, and paying some other scrub QB some money that will further count against our salary cap.

    After 2016 he’s gone.

  3. A head scratcher to this day …. the Bills drafted EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2012 draft, number 16 overall. Honestly it is hard to believe that it was somebody who’s JOB it is to evaluate football talent would make that pick.

  4. Statistically speaking, EJ is really no worse than any other backup in the league so might as well keep him. Also, Whaley didn’t hire Rex Ryan.

  5. Are you also ‘comfortable’ hiring a head coach who in 1 year turned our #4 defense into #25 in the league and then had to waste first 3 pics in the draft on our defense when we would have been all set on D with Jim Schwartz as our coordinator and we could have used the draft to bulk our offense. Ppl say ‘oh well Mario left so they needed defensive guys’, well Mario would be happy to still be there, if it was under Jim Schwartz who knew how to run a defense and Mario was still getting 14-15 sacks/yr and not 5 like he did under Rex.

  6. LOL, notice it’s the GM who drafted him saying he’s comfortable, not the coach who made him third string last year until the GM traded the #2 guy….
    Talk about a bad year, you forgot to mention the throw he made into the concession stand well of the field or the photgrapher he hit on the sidelines during preseason training camp.

  7. Of course Whaley is comfortable with Manuel. Once again it shows, he doesn’t know any better!

    He’s was comfortable reaching(stretching) for the loser, comfortable with trying to shove him down 2 HCs’ throats, comfortable trying to save face.

    “Comfortable” is a relative term, kind of like, “ignorance is bliss”

  8. What a crackup– This is Rex’s Jets disaster all over again.

    How can you watch that mess close-up in your own division for six years and still make that hire?!?!

  9. Footballfanatic – The Bills went from 4th in pts/yds allowed to 15th/19th. Our head coach quit and they brought in Rex. Schwartz declined to stay. The current personal couldn’t play in Rex’s scheme so the draft picks were used to bring the D up to Rex’s usual Top 10. It is well known that Mario hated his role in the D and wuit on the team.

  10. “0 – 2 in the games Manuel started…” How does that make you comfortable? This is a GM who can’t admit he’s wrong and find a way out of a mess he created. Trade him for anything you can get, even a very low future draft choice. Better QB’s will be available before the season. And don’t rush the new guy who is even less accurate and less consistent than Manuel. Don’t.

  11. Everyone looks to that Jacksonville game to blast EJ and attempt to prove that he’s a waste. I disagree, and I also look to that Jacksonville game as evidence for my opinion. EJ had 5 or so minutes of that game that were quite possibly the worst 5 minutes any quarterback has ever played in the NFL. Those 5 minutes are the reason the Bills lost that game (along with a downright awful PI call at the end of the game, but I digress). At the very worst of those 5 minutes, the camera panned to EJ on the sideline, and the man looked as defeated as any man can ever look. His face was undoubtedly holding back tears; his chance to make a difference as a starter went the route of most nightmares. However, in that game he picked up the pieces, and put together a respectable game (outside of those 5 minutes. He played within himself, and he made some nice throws and put the Bills in position to compete for a victory. These are the things that those who throw shade at EJ seem to forget. Long story short is, I think the front office is correct, and I think he is as serviceable as any backup Quarterback. If he can keep the nightmarish qualities in check, which I believe he can, then I think he’s a very good option at #2 behind Tyrod Taylor.

  12. Some people really have no lives. Oh my, we have a back-up QB, who was once a 1st round pick, and was supplanted as the starter, this never EVER happens in the NFL. I wish I could show you my shocked face. What’s even better is that the “shots” taken at the Bills is about Toronto being a “better” city than Buffalo. Don’t forget, Rogers PAID Ralph to bring the Bills to that city once a year, and they still are without a franchise. LA had to build a stadium and find a team, and they still got a franchise before “the most livable city”.

  13. Yes a QB in his second year in the offense is a good choice. He is under contract and there is no reason to spend $ to bring in competition.

    I try not to address trolls but seriously Mr. Toronto is your life that sad? You have to troll Bills articles for fun? you may want to take a drive down to Buffalo and see the upswing and recent improvements. The economy is actually growing. The people are great and the restaurants and suburbs are amazing! Sorry we are not a “big city”.

    Now please, I know will continue to troll but while you are please enjoy watching your wacky version of football and hoping that some day you can have. A Real football team.

  14. The former GM (Buddy Nix) who selected him (NOT the current GM) has been gone for a few years.

    It also pre-dates Rex by 3 years.

    >>citizenstrange says:
    May 4, 2016 11:29 AM
    A head scratcher to this day …. the Bills drafted EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2012 draft, number 16 overall. Honestly it is hard to believe that it was somebody who’s JOB it is to evaluate football talent would make that pick.

  15. From the looks of option decisions, 2013 was not a good draft, and the QB class was one of the worst parts I’m not sure if EJ Manuel will ever really be any good (although he has thrown a few more TDs that INTs in his career and is probably better than Barkley and Nassib), but it seems like he was never really given a fair shake or an environment conducive to success as a young QB.

  16. “It’s just a matter of time before Toronto gets a team and when that happens, it’s lights out on the armpit of America.”

    How’s that working out for you, Joe?

    Meanwhile, here you are everyday posting about your favorite team.

    And the Leafs still blow.

  17. adding that Manuel is one of the league’s top backup quarterbacks,

    Whew boy, this country has gone absolutely nuts with saving face. Politics, sports, entertainment, whatever. No one is just OK anymore. Now we actually have to rate backup QBs. I suppose next it will be Johnny Manziel is the top rated out-of-football jock on the market.

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