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EJ Manuel '100 percent healthy' and 'stronger than last year'
by Larry Hartstein |

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel said he'll enter the 2014 season healthier, stronger and smarter about when to take chances running. He missed six games in his rookie season with knee injuries.

"I think that's one thing I had to learn, to be smart when I take off with the football," he told NFL Network. "Instead of trying to get an extra three yards, either step out of bounds or slide. Those are all of the nuisances I had to learn. Obviously, I didn't want to go down with an injury because I'm a competitive player. I go hard each and every time I step on the field. It just so happened that I had to come down with an injury. I moved past it.

"Thankfully, I am 100 percent healthy right now. I feel like I'm stronger than I was last year, so I'm looking forward to moving on."

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EJ Manuel 'starting to get it all'
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett seemed optimistic about quarterback EJ Manuel's confidence and growth this offseason as the team went through minicamp practices on Wednesday. 

"He's doing a very good job. He's put in a lot of work," Hackett said. " ... It's nice to see him make plays within the pocket, step up, find his check downs, throw the ball down the field a couple times. He's really starting to get it all. It was funny, when he came into minicamp he was like, 'Alright, no more new installs, let's work on what we've been doing.' I think that’s a refresher for a quarterback that he knows what he's doing right now with what we've got in."

When asked about Manuel's accuracy, Hackett wasn't worried, saying he just needs more practice. He's hoping Manuel can develop a better command of the offense as he gets closer to training camp. 

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E.J. Manuel feels '100 percent'
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he feels "100 percent" health-wise following his offseason workouts. Manuel also said he spent the offseason working out with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and improved on his situational football. 

Manuel figures to be the Bills starter heading into the season, giving him the controls of an offense that upgraded to Sammy Watkins this offseason. 

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Even in Buffalo, Sammy Watkins has good Fantasy appeal
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Bills added another playmaker to their offense in Sammy Watkins but questions about his quarterback keep him from being a lock for a big first year. Watkins is the perfect blend of strength and speed -- as one head coach said this offseason, he plays "violently." But the Bills' E.J. Manuel is far from a precise passer and could make some targets tough for Watkins to reel in.

But Manuel does have a cannon, and what Watkins can bring in terms of catching a pass and speeding to the end zone will make up for some of Manuel's other shortcomings. There's still 1,000-yard, seven-score potential here but it might take some games for Watkins to really get going. He's worth considering among the No. 3 Fantasy receivers with a pick in the middle of seasonal drafts but expect him to go slightly higher than that in keeper leagues and is a rock-solid Top 5 pick in rookie-only drafts.

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Bills trade up for Sammy Watkins
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Bills traded up in the first round to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall. The Bills traded the No. 9 overall pick as well as first- and fourth-round picks in 2015 to the Browns to move up for Watkinns.

Watkins, 6-foot-1, has 4.4 quicks with the ability to turn on the jets quickly, making him such a desirable target for any passing game. Over 35 games with the Tigers, Watkins caught 224 passes for 3,164 yards and 25 touchdowns including two seasons with over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Watkins could become the No. 1 receiver for the Bills since Buffalo is rumored to potentially trade Steve Johnson. But even if Johnson remains with the Bills then Watkins will become an immediate starter, and he should help quarterback EJ Manuel improve in his second year.

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