• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bills QB EJ Manuel takes on No. 2 role following Tuesday's trade

    With the expected trade of Matt Cassel to the Cowboys, quarterback EJ Manuel will assume the No. 2 role for the Bills. Truthfully, Manuel has enough experience and showed enough in the preseason to be a No. 2 guy, which is probably why the Bills dealt Cassel for what's expected to be a small haul. Tyrod Taylor has performed well through two games, so Manuel could conceivably spend the rest of the season on the bench anyway. But his value just went up.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Bills re-sign Matt Cassel, demote EJ Manuel to third-string QB

    The Bills announced Tuesday they re-signed quarterback Matt Cassel after he was released over the weekend. But not only did they re-sign the veteran quarterback, coach Rex Ryan confirmed Cassel will be the backup quarterback to Tyrod Taylor heading into the season opener against the Colts. EJ Manuel has been bumped to the third-string quarterback.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Report: Bills name Tyrod Taylor starting QB

    After a wide-open quarterback competition, the results are apparently in for Bills coach Rex Ryan. According to FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer, the Bills are prepared to name Tyrod Taylor their starter for Week 1. Taylor has performed well in the preseason, earning the edge over EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, perhaps due to his threat as a runner in addition to his passing ability. Taylor has yet to make an NFL start, appearing in 14 games in four seasons as a backup with the Ravens.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Bills' Manuel gets start over Taylor, Cassel in third preseason game

    Bills coach Rex Ryan said EJ Manuel will get the start over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel in the team's third preseason game Saturday against the Steelers. Taylor and Cassel have each started one preseason game. "My plan was to give everybody opportunities," Ryan said Thursday. "Nobody can say nobody wasn't given a fair shot here." Manuel has completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games. Taylor has completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. He also has rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 10 attempts through two games. Cassel has appeared in just one game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 45 yards.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Bills QB EJ Manuel adds weight as way to improve

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is in the middle of a three-way competition for the starting job in Buffalo, but he's hoping that the weight he added during the offseason will help him get the starting nod, per The Buffalo News. Manuel estimates he gained eight to 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason with the intention of staying healthy -- he missed six games as a rookie in 2013 due to injury. "I feel a lot better this way," Manuel siad. "I still feel like I'm quick and fast and able to move around. I think that's just about being durable and obviously being able to take a full season." With Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel competing alongside him to become the starting quarterback this year, Manuel feels he has a great chance to come out the top guy. "I feel like I'm right there in the mix, so I've just got to go out every day and get better," Manuel said. Manuel threw for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in five games last season.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    GM: EJ Manuel on 'equal footing' with Bills' other QBs

    Bills general manager Doug Whaley denied reports that the team is moving on from quarterback EJ Manuel. The team acquired Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason. In an interview with Jim Rome, Whaley said, "I look at it this way, in this business controversy sells,. The more controversy that you can drum up then the more intereste people are going to be." "For us we're excited about the future of all three of those guys," Whaley said. "It's going to be a great competition. And we can keep three quarterbacks. So I dismiss that as just someone trying to get something stirred during this down time and lack of media stories for the NFL." Whaley said all three quarterbacks have an equal shot of winning the starting job. "I look for him to come in and compete and try to take the job," he said. "Everybody has got an equal footing. It's a clean slate for all four of our quarterbacks. We're not tied to anybody. We just want the best man to start."

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Greg Roman: EJ Manuel still in Bills' plans

    Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman responded to a report that quarterback EJ Manuel could be released before the season, saying that the notion that Manuel has fallen out of favor in Buffalo is the "furthest thing from the truth," the Buffalo News reports. Roman also indicated that anyone can step up and earn the starting quarterback job. Manuel is expected to be involved in a three-way quarterback battle during camp with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. He's completed 58.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,810 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 15 games as a pro.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: Bills QB EJ Manuel could be out if he doesn't improve

    The Bills could dump quarterback and former first-rounder EJ Manuel if he doesn't show improvement this spring and summer, according to WKBW.com, which is claiming through sources that he's in a make-or-break situation. Manuel is expected to compete with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job. He has proven mediocre at best since arriving in Buffalo with a 58.6 completion rate, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Bills QB EJ Manuel: The offense looks great

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has expressed a love for the offense his team appears set to run this season. There's only one problem - he might not have a chance to run it. The starting job could go to Matt Cassel or Tyrod Taylor. That didn't stop Manuel from praising what he has seen. "I just think the dynamics that we have and the personnel that we have, you look at the receivers, running backs and the tight ends ... and the O-linemen getting better, getting stronger, getting nastier," Manuel told WGR-AM. "But with the shifts and motions and the things we'll do to mix it up for a defense is going to be really good. ... Instead of being vanilla, we'll have a whole lot of different looks for opponents to prepare for." Manuel had previously spoken about 2015 being a particularly important season for him.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Bills' EJ Manuel: 'It's definitely a very important spring'

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is aware he still has much to prove for the team that made him the only first-round quarterback selected in the 2013 draft, the Associated Press reports. "I don't want to say it's a make-it-or-break-it year, but I know it's definitely a very important spring right now," Manuel said following a voluntary veterans minicamp session this week. "Obviously, the third year is where a lot of NFL quarterbacks that are starters really show that, 'Hey, this guy can be a longtime starter for this team.'" Manuel is expected to be involved in a three-way quarterback battle during camp with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. He said he'd be fine if the Bills add a fourth quarterback to the mix as well. "Welcome to the team," Manuel said, when asked what his reaction might be. "Come in and be ready to work, and fall in line." Coach Rex Ryan liked what he saw from Manuel during the team's first on-field session Tuesday. "EJ was impressive to me today," Ryan said. "I'd still like to see it speeded up just a tad." Running back Fred Jackson has noticed a change in the third-year quarterback. "It's just about getting the mental part down. And that's where I think he's improved the most," Jackson said. "He knows the challenge in front of him. And it's one that he's willing to accept. That's all we can ask of him."