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.
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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."
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.
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.
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.
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