E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills
2015 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
In his 14 career starts, Manuel has a 6-8 record with 16 career TDs and 12 interceptions. He's completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 2,810 yards. He doesn't have a single 300-yard game in two seasons. In 2014, Manuel lost his job after Week 4 to Kyle Orton. Manuel failed to make plays down the field, averaging just 6.4 yards per attempt. Buffalo added three strong receiving options in LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay to go along with the talented Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. If E.J. wins the starting job in camp, he'll be surrounded by the most talent he's had in his career. For him to win the job, Manuel has to be a solid game manager who makes minimal mistakes. The Bills want him to control the clock on offense while depending on their strong defense to keep them in most games. Even with a run-first mentality, E.J. will need to hit some big plays downfield to keep defenses honest and be able to throw for TDs in the red zone. In college, Manuel had much better accuracy (66.9 percent) and showed more willingness to run (213 combined rushes in his junior and senior years). Spending most of the 2014 season on the bench may have helped Manuel understand what he needs to do to win in the NFL. His offensive line isn't great, so the Bills' success will fall on the play of their skill players and E.J.'s right arm. He does have enough talent to deliver some upside as a backup fantasy QB. Buffalo has a favorable fantasy playoff schedule (at Philadelphia Eagles, at Washington Redskins, versus Dallas Cowboys).
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