E.J. Manuel will ‘absolutely’ be the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback in 2014


E.J. Manuel was often hobbled as a rookie.

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley said Monday that E.J. Manuel will “absolutely” be the team’s starter in 2014.

The 23-year-old Manuel unofficially won Buffalo’s quarterback competition over Kevin Kolb before undergoing the knife for a minor knee operation last summer.

Manuel, who also suffered a sprained right LCL on October 3, threw 11 touchdowns, against nine interceptions, for 1,972 yards in 10 games.

Selected out of Florida State with the 16th pick in April’s draft, the 6-foot-5, 237 pound Manuel managed to add 186 yards and two scores on the ground.

Overall, Manuel looked decent operating Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense and he should mature into a solid Bill.

Inking a five-year contract valued at roughly $9 million in June, Manuel’s a standout athlete brimming with testicular fortitude, smarts and dedication.

Buffalo finished in the basement of the AFC East and fielded the league’s 22nd ranked attack.

So, obviously, Whaley needs to surround the former Seminole with some weapons.

Although “absolutely” a project, expect E.J. Manuel to ultimately become the Bills’ best passer since Jim Kelly.

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