Manuel completed just nine of 20 pass attempts for 86 yards and gained eight yards on two carries during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Jets.
The coaching staff expressed a desire to see Manuel play a complete game, but his poor performance resulted in Cardale Jones entering the fray to get some reps of his own. Manuel contributed in just four games on the season and his inability to move the ball against what has been a wretched Jets defense does not bode well for his chances of remaining in Buffalo after his current contract expires in the offseason.
Interim coach Anthony Lynn says he'd like to see Manuel start and finish Sunday's game at the Jets, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It's really hard to get a good look at two quarterbacks in one game," said Lynn. "I want to get a really good look at EJ. So, if it's a good game I'm going to leave EJ in and let him roll."
The Bills would also like to see what raw rookie Cardale Jones can do, but if Lynn's comments are to be taken at face value then Jones would only see action if the Bills get way ahead or way behind. Manuel will helm one of the league's most run-based attacks and that's not likely to change given Lynn's background as a running backs coach and the fact he has LeSean McCoy running so well lately. That said, there are a slew of good fantasy quarterbacks who are about to get some or all of Sunday off, and Manuel at least has a full complement of skill players ready to finish off the season on a good note for a coach they seem to be behind.
Interim head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Wednesday that
Whether or not they decide to keep him for next season, Tyrod Taylor is the best quarterback the
Following the firing of head coach Rex Ryan, the
Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Manuel will remain the second string quarterback, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports.
The good news is he's still ahead of Cardale Jones, the bad is that all the talk of the Bills moving someone ahead of a struggling Tyrod Taylor to give the team a new look the last three weeks was simply chatter. Manuel's contract expires after this season, but with the Buffalo brass in limbo, it's anyone's guess as to what his job locale and placement on the depth chart will look like in 2017.
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