EJ Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013, although the fact that he’s working with the third team in practices and preseason games right now makes it clear that he’s not getting anything handed to him as a result of where he was selected.
When you’re working with the third team, it’s also clear that your roster spot is far from secure and Manuel isn’t operating under any illusions about where things stand for him in Buffalo. While talking to John Wawrow of the Associated Press on Monday, Manuel said that he was confident things would work out for him in the long term as long as he plays well but added that he doesn’t know if that means a future as the quarterback in Buffalo.
“At the end of the day, if I play well, it should take care of itself,” Manuel said. “Whether it’s here or whether it’s somewhere else, I don’t know.”
Manuel said he hasn’t given much thought to playing somewhere else, but that he understands “the business” may force him to consider it sooner rather than later. That might not be the worst thing for Manuel, given where he ranks in Buffalo’s pecking order but his chances of playing anywhere aren’t going to get better until that better play emerges on a consistent basis.