May 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) rolls out to pass as Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett looks on during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Season Expectations: Quarterback E.J. Manuel

E.J. Manuel is now in his second season at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and his expectations are much higher in 2014 then they were of him as a rookie despite being hurt on three separate occasions last season.  The team via the draft gave him the best wide receiver in Sammy Watkins and three mountainous offensive lineman in Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson, and Seantrel Henderson. The Bills also traded for wide receiver Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also traded fan favorite Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers. This will be a radically different looking offense from last year

E.J. Manuel in 2013 had 1,972 yards passing with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions and his best game was when he took on the New York Jets. In that game, Manuel went 20 for 28 with 245 yards passing with two touchdowns and didn’t throw an interception which was impressive since he didn’t have Stevie Johnson or Robert Woods at his disposal that game. In contrast, E.J. Manuel’s worst game was against Tampa Bay where he went 18 for 33 for 184 yards 0 touchdowns and four interceptions.

With the Bills adding a player the potential caliber of a Sammy Watkins, he has body of a running back with a wide receiver’s skill set and also is the proverbial home run hitter as he can score anywhere on the football field. What also will help E.J. Manuel is that the defense has been upgraded despite the lost of Jairus Byrd leaving for the New Orleans Saints, mainly the linebacker corps.

All and all, what can one expect out of E.J. Manuel in year two? Provided he stays healthy and plays every snap in all 16 games in 2014, it should be realistic to see him put up around 3,200 yards passing with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions not to mention about 200 yards on the ground with 3 rushing  touchdowns. If Manuel puts up numbers like that and the defense delivers, this team will be playoff bound with 10 wins both of which hasn’t happened since 1999.

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  • truthbetold

    Hopefully he can get it done. I’ll admit, I was disappointed when the bills drafted Sammy, because I pictured him catching passes from someone better and more proven than EJ Manuel. I still am disappointed actually. but I’m not writing EJ off because he was hurt last year. Hopefully since he’s healthy now, he has the talent to take full advantage of a playmaker like Watkins. time will tell.

  • Scott M. DelleFave

    I might be too much of a homer but since we don’t have a 1st round pick in 2015 already, E.J. has through next season to prove it to me. I liked him better then almost all of the quarterbacks in last year’s class.

  • Kevin

    A better question is do you like him more then next years class since that’s what we gave up the chance to get. Personally I was hoping to have a shot at Winston. I like the confidence they have shown in ej I just hope he proves them right.

  • Scott M. DelleFave

    I like winston but he needs to stay away from the bad limelight and could use a 3rd year in college and not pull a Johnny Manziel or a Mike Evans, those 2 redshirt sophomores scare the daylights out of me.

  • Zachary Alexander

    I think that any quarterback, given the current situation in Buffalo, has a chance to do well with the offensive talent of the Bills squad. I couldn’t say the same for a quarterback from next year’s class if Buffalo didn’t have Watkins. Simply put, ALL the Buffalo QB’s have a chance to win games now. Watkins was worth the 1st round pick if Buffalo can make something happen with Watkins.