In this past April’s NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills shocked everyone when they selected Florida State Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round. It wasn’t that the Bills took a QB that was shocking, it was the fact that Manuel hadn’t received as much praise as other signal callers in the group, like Geno Smith, for instance.
Nonetheless, the Bills saw something in Manuel that led them to believe that he was their man for the future.
Early on in the season, after being named the starter in preseason, Manuel began to validate those thoughts by performing rather well on the field. However, lingering knee injuries left his appearances on the turf this season few and far between, leaving the brunt of the duties to backups Kevin Kolb and Thad Lewis.
On Sunday, the Bills finished up their season under first-year head coach Doug Marrone with a 6-10 record, and ready to get to the offseason and hopefully improve enough to make a run in the AFC East next season.
Speaking of next season, when they do get there, Manuel will be the starter once again, as he’s already been informed by Marrone that that will be the case come 2014:
EJ Manuel: Has been told by Doug Marrone that he will start for 2014 #Bills.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 30, 2013