The Bills are installing more of their offense in mini camp, giving Manuel more information to absorb, and he says that he's ready for the task.
"We were a little frustrated, I know I was, before OTA’s," Manuel said. "But I like the fact that he’s putting more on us, especially because we’ve got young guys in skill positions. It’s really put more of the onus on us to get stuff down and that’s made this week easier because we pretty much know all the plays already and we’ve run them all a bunch of times, so there’s not going to be any new stuff to learn."
Head coach Doug Marrone has been very vocal about his excitement of Manuel's maturity. And with maturity, comes freedom for a quarterback, which Manuel hopes to make the most of with execution.
"I think Coach Hackett is going to put everything on my plate that we need to win," Manuel said. "I don’t think we will be limited at all in terms of play calling, but at the end of the day it’s all about execution. You can go out there with 20 plays, if you execute those plays well you’re going to win the game. Football’s not that hard, you just got to execute and make plays."
Manuel knows he will be under the microscope this season, as he has been given plenty of weapons to succeed. In addition to Robert Woods, CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson, the Bills acquired Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and drafted explosive wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who Manuel says is getting acclimated with the team nicely.
"Sammy has been learning and he’s done a great job," Manuel said. "He’s put in a lot of effort off the field after practice, asked questions and used the playbook a lot. He texts me asking questions about certain plays. Sammy is going to be great. I’m not worried about him."
In just his second year, Manuel will be expected to be the leader of the young offense, while continuing to mature and grow as a quarterback. The Bills are expecting him to bring the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, which is a tall task for any signal caller not named Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. Still, Manuel believes in himself and his team.
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