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Buffalo Bills news, 11/12: the polarizing EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel is proving to be a lightning rod very early in his professional career.

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Week 10 GIF Recap: Bills at Steelers | The Goose's Roost

My favorite post of the week, every week.

Bills need production from Graham - Sports - The Buffalo News

"I don’t mind him," Graham said of Manuel. "We just need to get the ball to the right person. Execute and make plays. We all pull for each other in that room. … It’s just a matter of making him comfortable and picking out his favorites and getting the ball to where he needs to feel comfortable." Doesn't sound like Graham likes Manuel too much, does it?

Jets' David Nelson found out Bills parted ways with him on Twitter |

"Recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered in Week 1 of the 2012 season, Nelson was at a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game last February. Someone alerted him on social media that the Bills decided not to tender a one-year offer, parting ways with the restricted free agent."

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Manuel ready to press forward -
Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson come to Manuel's aid, but the quarterback isn't making any excuses. Doug Marrone also weighs in.

EJ Manuel: "the best remedy ... is to win" -
EJ Manuel says everything you're supposed to say. It's like he's a robot sent from the future to answer questions the "correct" way.

EJ’s play sparks debate - Sports - The Buffalo News
I hate when Jerry Sullivan does his back-and-forth column with his drinking buddy. If you're super interested in debating EJ Manuel in this manner, take a look.

Would the Buffalo Bills consider Thad Lewis over EJ Manuel? - ESPN
Marrone: "If EJ Manuel looked like he was hurt out there or that prior injury was hurting him to be productive or he was taking too many shots where he was being put in a situation where we couldn’t protect him and those things were going on? Then yes I would have put Thad Lewis in there and that was the situation I was looking for, which didn’t occur [Sunday]."

Teammates try to shield EJ Manuel from blame - ESPN
"Consider this: Of the 297 single-game quarterback performances this season in the NFL, Manuel's 3.97 yards per attempt Sunday in Pittsburgh ranks 292nd, according to ESPN Stats & Information."

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Bills fans could be facing blackouts on both remaining Orchard Park games - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"As of Monday afternoon, the Bills had about 5,500 tickets remaining for this Sunday’s game with the New York Jets, and approximately 20,000 for the Dec. 22 game against the Miami Dolphins."

Doug Marrone: "Our entire focus is on winning" -
Marrone opened with a 1585-word statement before taking any questions. He also cusses.

AP: Marrone taking responsibility, holding Bills accountable -
"I asked each player and coach and myself, 'Did we do what we needed to so to win that game yesterday?' And obviously, the answer is 'No,'" the first-year coach said. "At the end of the day, my job is to lead this team and this organization to winning. And I have to do a good job of that."

Inside The Bills | Spiller’s touches product of game plan
"Game plan, how we’re putting those guys in there," said Marrone as to why Spiller only saw four first-half carries. "It doesn’t have anything to do with his ankle. It could increase, it could decrease, we’ll see week to week. But it’s not a knock on injury or what we do, it’s what we’re trying to get done."

Inside The Bills | Marrone leaning toward sitting Woods again
"Marrone confirmed it’s a high ankle sprain, and that the ankle is still swollen. "

Inside The Bills | Stevie injury update
"It probably feels a little worse [than the earlier injuries]," Johnson said. "It’s one of those things where I seem to get hurt on anything. I’ve probably done more (this offseason) than any other season and I’m having these wild injuries and it’s happening on plays where I’m getting positive yards. It’s no fluke type deal. It’s football."

Bills winning Jerry Hughes trade - Bills Blitz
"Hughes also has [6 sacks,] 31 tackles, two tackles for losses and two forced fumbles this year. Sheppard has 18 tackles and one sack for the Colts. The Bills drafted him in the third round in 2011."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Spiller's Workload "Could Increase, Could Decrease" For Bills
"Since suffering his injury during the team's Week Four contest against Baltimore, the running back has participated in no higher than 33-percent of offensive snaps during a game. In fact, the Pittsburgh game was just the first time since the onset of the injury that Spiller went over 30-percent."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Both Bills Starting WRs Could Be In Jeopardy Of Missing Sunday
"In the time that the two were both healthy and on the field, Woods pulled in 16 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns from the arm of Manuel in four-and-a-half games. Once the first-round pick went down with an injury Woods was limited to just 10 catches for 84 yards, also in four-and-a-half games of work."

Fiery Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone not asking for patience - ESPN
Doug Marrone was on fire yesterday. Read some of his most heated comments here.