“I definitely feel a lot better about my grasp of the offense,” Bills QB E.J. Manuel said. “Sometimes that’s why I get frustrated because I know it’s there, I know it’s there, and if we have one misstep and it doesn’t complete, that’s frustrating.”
Thursday’s final voluntary practice of the spring was a better outing for Manuel. He hit Sammy Watkins on two perfect seam routes that the rookie receiver would have taken for big yards after the catch. Manuel hit Chris Hogan on a nice touch pass down the right sideline.
“Really when you look at the volume we have in, which is really full scale, everything right now, he’s made a great amount of improvement in things he didn’t do as well last year,” HC Doug Marrone said of Manuel. “It starts with the foundation – his footwork. So I’m really excited about where he is and the amount of stuff we’ve put on his plate.”
Manuel was the #29 fantasy QB in his rookie season, but owned the #26 per game average. The team has made an effort to improve the weapons around him. He now has Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams to throw to. There's a chance he could work his way into a QBBC/streaming role by midseason if he can progress.