E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills
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2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-06-2014 by Brian Murphy
Buffalo's brass has done a decent job of setting the table for Manuel to have a successful season (and that's without Stevie Johnson). They acquired Mike Williams from the Buccaneers. They then paired him with first-round pick Sammy Watkins. Robert Woods and field-stretcher Marquise Goodwin were already in place, plus the Bills have a couple of running backs who are apt receivers. The question is whether Manuel can take full advantage of his situation. He completed only 56-percent of his passes with as many touchdowns as turnovers prior to an October knee injury that sidelined him for a month. He put together some better games once he returned, but it was still a very uneven rookie campaign. It's worth noting that Manuel (who has a capable running ability) has undergone three knee surgeries since entering the league. His athleticism and continued maturation as a passer could lead to a bright future, but it's unlikely that Manuel finds his stride in his second season. He's not off to a good start if spring practices are any indication. He is a low-end QB2 on most days.
Quarterback Kyle Orton agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills. He'll help QB Jeff Tuel back up second-year QB E.J. Manuel, who has struggled badly in the preseason. Orton started just one NFL game last season and was considering retirement before accepting this deal.Fantasy Analysis:
Orton could eventually have some value this season in deep two-QB leagues. The Bills will undoubtedly roll out Manuel to start the year. But given how poorly he played this preseason - 50-of-82 passing for 517 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions - it's not hard to imagine Orton making a push for the starting job at some point. The last time he played in an NFL game, in 2013, the 31-year-old Orton went 30-of-46 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Don't draft him yet, but if he becomes the starter in Buffalo, he could be a decent bye-week fill-in.
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