With OTA's wrapping up, Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone addressed the media, where EJ Manuel's progression into his second seson was discussed.
"I’m excited, I think what had happened is that a lot of times even players, a lot of times you’re looking for the end product and for end results," Marrone said. "For us, we’re looking for those steps for where he’s going or what he’s taking. Really when you look at the volume that we have in, which is really full scale everything right now, he’s made a great amount of improvement of things that he didn’t do as well last year. It starts with the foundation and his footwork and the things that are going on. I’m really excited about where he is and the amount of stuff that we put on his plate. I think everyone should be, I think normally what happens is it starts with the quarterback coach, the offensive coordinator and myself being offensive guys and the people in the offensive room. Now it’s getting ready to go on to the players and the team and everyone else. Now he’s getting ready to take that next step."
Manuel missed six games during his rookie campaign with injuries to both of his knees. His durability has been taken into question by many. Still, Manuel is entering his second season with the hopes of building on the success he did have last season,
"I think right now his focus is to improve his game. I think every player right now. We’re in trying to improve ourselves and improve our game and to follow suit," Marrone said. "We’re not in that position right now because our team hasn’t formed yet. We have a team of 90 that is going to get cut down and those guys are within competition with each other."
Manuel has the full support of his head coach, and has been given all the tools he should need to succeed. The Bills drafted Sammy Watkins to give him the explosive receiver they believed they were missing, and Manuel's chemistry with Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin should continue to thrive after last season. Buffalo still has a solid running game with Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller forming such a dynamic duo.
Marrone's excitement for Manuel and his offense in general is valid. Hopefully for Bills fans that will lead to more wins on the field, and a berth to the illusive playoffs.