May 10, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) throws a pass during rookie minicamp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Early Wake Up Call

A number of people can’t get out of bed for 8am. I actually had a photo shoot at the CN Tower in Toronto yesterday for 8:30am and I just about slept through my alarm which was set for 7am. However, for his first day of work Bills new QB EJ Manuel showed up at One Bills Drive at 6am. Forget sleeping through his alarm, this man was eager to get going, eager to start learning and eager to start practicing. Leadership starts from the QB position and when you are the first man on the field and last one off the field, other players and coaches around you begin to notice, not only your work ethic, but your DESIRE to be there. Your DESIRE to be better.

Now I’m not taking away from the other players, because they were at the facilities at 6am as well, which bodes well for this young group of players. However, watch EJ’s presser on he is cool, he is calm and he is collected. He didn’t hesitate to answer any of the questions thrown his way (and yes they were softball questions) and he said he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself, but he is eager to show what he can do. It seems as though you can almost tell he wants to earn the privilege to start, rather than be given the starting role.

On a final note, even though the rookies are hard at work this weekend, all the rookies plan on calling their mother on Sunday for Mother’s Day. EJ Manuel believes his mother already had her Mother’s Day gift when he was drafted and she knows, this is his job, his responsibility, so she doesn’t want her needs to interfere with what Manuel has to do to prepare to win.

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