Friday, November 8, 2013

Marrone to E.J.: Line between competitive, smart


Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel is set for his return Sunday after missing the last four games. Manuel injured his knee Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns while trying to squeeze out an extra yard on a sideline scramble.

This time around, the Bills hope to keep him on the field a little longer.

To do that, Buffalo needs Manuel to do a better job of protecting himself, something coach Doug Marrone has stressed upon Manuel's re-debut.

''There's a fine line between very, very competitive and for someone in that position to be smart," Marrone said, via AP. ". . . And I think what you'll see next time, obviously, is someone who is going to be a lot smarter in making the right decisions of when to go down and when to go out of bounds without jeopardizing the team to win.''

The Bills have started two different quarterbacks (and signed and cut others) in Manuel's absence, going 1-3 in the process. Buffalo also lost the game Manuel was injured in.

Manuel had completed 56.7 percent of his passes and threw five touchdowns to three interceptions before limping off the field. He'll try to pick up where he left off when Buffalo hits the road this weekend to face the  struggling Pittsburgh Steelers.

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