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Bills Have Big Plans for QB EJ Manuel

Posted By Amanda Borges On February 20, 2014 @ 2:59 PM In Borges - Article,Insider Main,News and Rumors,NFL | No Comments

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Former Florida State QB E.J. Manuel hasn’t had the best first season in the NFL. But, the Bills have big plans for him as he heads into his second season.

The team wants to see him make significant strides since being a rookie and they’ve tweaked their coaching staff to help them realize that goal.

Todd Downing is the new quarterbacks coach and former Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler has been hired as a senior offensive assistant. This will put more eyes on the quarterback after offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett handled those duties by himself last season.

Extra coaching won’t help much if Manuel can’t stay on the field. At a Thursday press conference in Indianapolis, Bills coach Doug Marrone stressed the need for Manuel to stay healthy in order to make the improvements that the team wants to see.

“He played last year and really didn’t practice [2] 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.”

Marrone said that the team could also add a veteran quarterback to back up and mentor Manuel. 

For more on this story visit: Josh Alper, Pro Football Talk [3]

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[3] Josh Alper, Pro Football Talk: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/20/doug-marrone-on-e-j-manuel-he-probably-practiced-the-least-of-anyone-in-the-league/

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