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EJ Manuel to Mentor Florida State Seminoles Quarterback Jameis Winston

September 30th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Despite losing his starting quarterback job to Kyle Orton on Monday, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is helping out his alma-mater of Florida State University. He will be mentoring Heisman Trophy winning-quarterback Jameis Winston on how to better his off-field decision making.

Winston has oodles of talent, but his off-field transgressions have brought scrutiny to his character.His latest incident involved yelling profanities inside the student union at Florida State. This led to a one-game suspension for Winston against Clemson on Sept. 20, a game in which the number one-ranked Seminoles nearly lost before prevailing in overtime 23-17. Winston was also given a civil citation in May 2014 for shoplifting crab legs and crawfish from a grocery store in Tallahassee, Florida.

Manuel and Winston were teammates for one season in 2012, Winston's redshirt freshman. The two keep in regular contact, talking roughly once-per-week, this according to NFL Media reporter Albert Breer.

Winston is a third-year sophomore for Florida State, meaning he could declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. Winston has stated that earning a degree is important to him. Winston's father has also stated that his son will play at Florida State University through 2015.

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Buffalo Bills May See Similar Quarterback Play from Kyle Orton

September 30th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Bills announced that they were changing starting quarterbacks, many fans showed their approval with the decision.

If there's one thing that fans like, it's change when things aren't going perfectly to plan. The fact remains, EJ Manuel has been benched after just 14 games to his name and in comes Kyle Orton, the veteran who threatened retirement to get out of Dallas.

While Orton may seem like the smart choice, the truth is that the numbers for both quarterbacks are eerily similar.

Orton, who has played with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys, is 35-35 overall, while Manuel is 6-8.

Orton, who is in his ninth year, has 15,019 yards, which translates to roughly 200 yards per appearance (Orton made 75 appearances overall) and Manuel has 2810 yards, which averages 200 yards per game as well.

While Manuel has only 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his career, that 4:3 ratio is almost identical to Orton's 83 touchdowns to 59 interceptions (80 touchdowns and 60 interceptions would be 4:3).

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Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone Comments on the Change at Quarterback

September 30th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone came to his Monday press conference prepared with a statement that caught some by surprise.

"Obviously, as a head coach you have to evaluate everything and, at the end of the day, you've got to make the right decisions with your mind, with your heart and things like that," Marrone said. "The one thing is that when you go to bed at night you have to make sure that you're making the best decisions to help our football team win. In saying that, we're going to make a change at quarterback. Kyle Orton will go in there. When you make a change at quarterback, the one thing that I hope we all understand is that it's not all EJ's fault, but we need to get better production out of that position. We have to make adjustments. We've got to make some changes because we can't keep going in the direction that we're going. The one thing I've said before, and you guys have heard me, is we need to get better every week. If we're not then the onus goes on me, as the leader, to make changes that can help our team win."

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Buffalo Bills Put Immense Pressure on Kyle Orton in Must-Win Game Against the Detroit Lions

September 30th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that Kyle Orton will start in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, putting a mountain of pressure on the veteran quarterback.

The Bills went 2-2 under EJ Manuel in September, but his instability caused head coach Doug Marrone to make the switch to Orton. Now, Buffalo heads into a must-win game against the Lions and expect Orton to be the answer to their quarterback troubles. The Bills know they need to have a winning record when the New England Patriots come to town in week six, which means they absolutely need to beat the Lions. That is why this move was made in the first place. Marrone believes that Orton gives the Bills the best chance to win right now, and that the team has the ability to make the playoffs.

Absolutely we have a playoff caliber team,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “We have to play better than we have been playing the last two weeks. This decision was based on what’s giving us the best opportunity to win.”

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Buffalo Bills Make Statement with EJ Manuel Benching in Favor of Kyle Orton

September 30th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Coming into the season, the Buffalo Bills made it clear that they expected this season to be different than the last 14 years.

They proved that with the bold decision to start Kyle Orton over struggling sophomore quarterback EJ Manuel this Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Manuel has struggled most of the first four weeks of the season, though the team won its first two games. The Bills have not been productive in the redzone in particular, and the last two games have been difficult to watch. Manuel, however, didn't get much support from his offensive line or his receivers in those games, as he was constantly under pressure and first down passes were being dropped. That being said, the Bills still felt they needed to make a change, and it could be for the better.

Manuel struggled with his decision making, especially when he had receivers that were clearly open. He elected not to hit Scott Chandler on an easy throw that would have given the Bills a first down, and both of his interceptions on Sunday against the Houston Texans were poor decisions, one of which sealed the game for Houston.

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