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09/29/2014 10:16 PM Posted By: Ryan Whalen
Rochester: Fans React To EJ Manuel's Demotion
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- They had hoped he would be the franchise quarterback Bills fans have been waiting on for nearly two decades, but for now, EJ Manuel isn't even the starting quarterback for the team.

"We need to get better production, obviously, out of that position and we have to make adjustments, got to make some changes because we can't keep going in the direction that were going," said Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Manuel's season started with promise and two victories, but his recent performances have left fans and coaches questioning if he's the answer.

"I really felt confident that he was on the right path but after the last two games it seems like he's still got a lot of maturity, growing up to do," said Mark Giglio, Buffalo resident. "I would like to think that he could be (the answer). He has all the assets for it. It's just really frustrating right now."

Some fans believe the Bills are pulling the plug too early on a quarterback who hasn't had a chance to get a lot of in game experience.

"He's had his rough points," said Howard Barlow, Buffalo resident. "I'm not saying he's setting the world on fire but a lot of times your front line or players around you can make you look bad too."

"I think he's a mature adult," said Richard Mann, Buffalo resident. "He should be able to handle getting benched. It doesn't mean he won't be the quarterback of the future. It just means that right now they're trying to win games."

"The coaches have to make the right decision," said Donna Rice, Buffalo resident. "Management has to make the right decision and get us on a winning streak and that's what's most important. It's not about an individual player, but what's going to be better for the team."

Veteran quarterback Kyle Orton will take over but how competent he will be remains in question.

"I haven't really seen him play that much but at this point in the game, we don't want to get too far behind in the season," Giglio said. "I mean we went from 2-0 to 2-2 and those were two winnable games for them."

Fans said it's easy for Orton to gain their support though: Just go out and win.


09/27/2014 11:26 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

The Bills (2-1) are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season on Sunday in Houston against the Texans (2-1). It's a chance to respond in a big way as they face off against their former quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

As for the Bills current signal caller, EJ Manuel and the entire offense need to pick it up this week. Manuel's yards were up against the Chargers, but completion percentage was down with a significant increase in attempts.

"It's extremely important to go out there and win," Manuel said. "I think it's, as a team, I think we started having the confidence that we go into each game, we have the opportunity to win. We definitely feel like we're a winning type team and we have the talent to win."

After registering 87 yards against the Chargers, the Bills running game might have a chance to get back on track against a Texans defense giving up the ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per carry at 5.2.

Bills defense has to sure up after the secondary got beat for numerous big plays last time out.

A complete effort is needed to get back to winning ways.

"Playing at this level you have to forget about the losses," wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "Of course you played against a great team and we didn’t play our best football but now it’s time to move on and turn our focus to the Texans."

"I think it's really important if you look at it's another AFC team, they're 2-1," added defensive tackle Kyle Williams. "These are teams we're going to be fighting with when it comes down to the end of the season. So it's a big game for us."

Wideout Marquise Goodwin and left guard Chris Williams were both downgraded from "doubtful" to "out" on Saturday. Neither player traveled to Houston. Expect rookie Cyril Richardson to start in place of Williams for the 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday.


09/25/2014 06:29 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff
Rochester: Bills Look to Bounce Back Against Texans
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After losing its first game of the season last week, Buffalo looks to bounce back with a visit to Houston. The Bills might want to consider giving running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson a lot of carries on Sunday. The Texans have struggled against the run in the early going allowing 5.2 yards per carry through three games.


09/22/2014 06:15 PM Posted By: AP Wire Service

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills backup receiver and key special teams player Marcus Easley's status is uncertain a day after he hurt his left knee.

Coach Doug Marrone declined Monday to reveal the severity or nature of the injury. He says Easley is still being evaluated.

Easley was hurt while blocking during a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-10 loss to San Diego on Sunday.

Trainers spent several minutes treating Easley on the field. The fifth-year player required help to get to the sideline and was eventually carted off to the locker room.

Marrone also had no updates on the status of safety Da'Norris Searcy (left ankle) and starting left guard Chris Williams (back), who were hurt against San Diego as well.

Buffalo (2-1) plays at Houston (2-1) on Sunday.


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