In preseason start number two Bills QB EJ Manuel looked to be in sync with his receiving corps from the very beginning. It led to a high completion percentage for the second-year quarterback and helped the offense consistently move the football.
“He had command of the offense and command of the huddle. He had some passes that he probably wishes he could get back, but he was very composed back there, but he had a lot of energy and that’s what we need,” said C.J. Spiller.
“Yeah he had great poise,” said Sammy Watkins. “Our whole offense came out and we proved the point that we can drive the ball. That just comes with running different plays. We kind of opened up the playbook a little bit and had more plays and scouted their defense a little bit and EJ did a great job of driving us down the field.”
Manuel finished the day 9-13 passing for 96 yards and a passer rating of 90.7. He also completed passes to six different receivers on his nine completions, effectively spreading the ball around.
“First three series were pretty good,” said Manuel. “I thought we moved the ball up and down the field. I would have loved to cap it off with a touchdown. I think that’s the next phase of us finishing, especially in these preseason games, leading up to the first game in Chicago. I thought the O-line did a great job protecting, receivers obviously got open and ran great routes and getting open against their man coverage and things like that. C.J. Spiller obviously had a great game with his limited carries so I was very pleased with how well we came out and played.”
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