Doug Marrone on E.J. Manuel: “He probably practiced the least” of anyone in the league
Last year, the Buffalo Bills struggled on their way to a 6-10 record and a last place finish in the AFC East. Part of the problem for Buffalo was the play of quarterback E.J. Manuel. After suffering an injury during the team’s pre-season games, Manuel was able to come back and start week one. Manuel’s good health only lasted five weeks as he was knocked out of the Bills’ week five game against the Cleveland Browns. Manuel went on to miss four weeks and finished the season by only playing ten of the team’s sixteen games.
As the Bills look forward to the 2014 season, they will need the play of Manuel to improve if they expect to compete in the AFC East. According to head coach Doug Marrone, one way Manuel can improve is actually practice during the season. Marrone told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News that Manuel probably practiced the least out of anyone in the league.
“He played last year and really didn’t practice that much,” Marrone said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “If you think about all the players that played in the league, he probably practiced the least and played. For us, the priority, just like all the players, is to make sure that we keep him healthy. It’s important for us, important for his development.”
Hopefully, Manuel is spending his off-season learning the Bills playbook and preparing for his sophomore season. Manuel will need to stay healthy and practice with the team for a full season next year, or the Bills could be looking for another quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft.