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Buffalo Bills news, 10/12: Nathaniel Hackett on EJ Manuel injury, Thad Lewis

The Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator spoke with the media on Friday. Check out his comments on his starting quarterbacks.

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Lewis’ approach impresses Hackett - Sports - The Buffalo News

"I was blown away when I first started talking to him," Hackett said. "I started asking him all these questions, and he knew the answers. I said, ‘How’d you know all this stuff? He said, ‘Well coach, this is my job. I’m learning it just like I’m the starter.’"

Bills G.M. on Byrd: "If the phone rings, we’re going to listen" | ProFootballTalk

"Our focus right now is Jairus getting on the field and playing the best he can for the Buffalo Bills," Whaley said, via the Associated Press. "We are not actively on the phone hammering out trying to look for a trade. By the same token, [team president] Russ Brandon would listen if someone wanted to trade. So if the phone rings, we’re going to listen. But that doesn’t mean we’re out trying to trade."

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Nathaniel Hackett on EJ: I never want him to be Johnny Checkdown - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
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