Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has had a torrid NFL career so far with plenty more downs than ups.
Manuel was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a stellar college career with Florida State. During his time with Seminoles, Manuel won four straight bowl games and he capped off his college career by being crowned the MVP in the Senior Bowl.
It is safe to say that Manuel was expected to dominate somewhat in the NFL, but in his first season he was average at best for the Bills, before he was eventually dropped for Kyle Orton in his second season in 2014.
Manuel to be cut?
There has been plenty of speculation this offseason that Manuel might leave Buffalo, and that was backed up by a report on Monday that claimed the Bills will cut the dual-threat quarterback unless he improves.
However, when Tuesday came it was time for the Bills to make a strong statement in support of Manuel, which was duly made by offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
"On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Greg Roman did his best to throw cold water on such notions," ProFootballTalk reported.
"Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News report that Roman shot down the idea that the team is already thinking about cutting Manuel and that speculation that the coaching staff has given up on him is the “furthest thing from the truth.”"
Manuel is currently locked in the biggest battle of his professional career so far, as he tries to win the quarterback battle in Buffalo.
The mobile signal caller will have to try and beat out veteran Matt Cassell, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel to be the starter in Buffalo, with Bills legend Jim Kelly backing Manuel to prevail this week.
"Manuel, who got a vote of support from former Bills great Jim Kelly on NFL Network this week, will be competing with Matt Cassell, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel for spots on the team’s depth chart this summer," the website added.
"If he winds up fourth best on that list, he may still wind up getting released, but it seems the Bills will actually let things play out for a while before coming to any conclusions about Manuel’s future in Buffalo."
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