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Buffalo Bills news, 9/5: Doug Marrone, EJ Manuel "expect greatness"

Buffalo's head coach and starting quarterback expect greatness - and not just from themselves. That and more from a busy media day at One Bills Drive.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills Roundup: Manuel Named Starter -

"Get all the latest news and notes from One Bills Drive, as EJ Manuel was named the starting quarterback, Jim Leonhard returns to Buffalo, and Dan Carpenter takes over as the team's kicker."

No duh: Bills know Patriots will try to make EJ Manuel beat them - The Buffalo News

"It's going to be our jobs -- the offensive line, the running backs, the tight ends and receiver -- to establish some type of running game to try and take some pressure off him," Spiller said.

Making a case for EJ Manuel as Offensive Rookie of the Year - ESPN

"Three writers -- Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Chicago Bears reporter Michael C. Wright and myself -- bucked that trend, instead tabbing Manuel for the league-wide award. Wanting to dig deeper, I asked Reiss and Wright why they chose Manuel. Here's what they had to say:"

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A position-by-position look at Bills roster -
"After some last minute shuffling, again due to injury, the Bills coaching staff and GM Doug Whaley have their 53-man roster (PHOTOS). Here’s a closer look at how the roster breaks down, position by position."

EJ Manuel: "I expect greatness all time" -
"Bills quarterback EJ Manuel addressed the media Wednesday about being named the starter for the Patriots game and the respect he has for New England's team." Video and transcript.

Marrone on Manuel: "He's actually looked a little bit faster" -
"The Bills head coach talks about naming EJ Manuel the starting quarterback, his message to the players going into the season opener, and his emotions to start the season."

C.J. Spiller on Ralph Wilson Stadium: "It's going to be loud"
Spiller answers questions on EJ Manuel, the quarterbacks, and the stadium this weekend.

Inside The Bills | In their own words: Bills comments from 9/4
Fred Jackson, Eric Wood, Stevie Johnson, Marcell Dareus, Jairus Byrd, Jim Leonhard and Dan Carpenter spent varying amounts of time with the media on Wednesday. These are their reactions.

Inside The Bills | Hopkins update
"I think if it was a high level (strain) I’d be able to say he’s out for some time, but it’s not," said Marrone. "So I think it’s going to be a condition thing. If it was a position player I’d be able to tell you a couple of days. But because he uses that leg it’s just a matter of him getting out there and swinging it."

Sources: Byrd, agent trying to orchestrate trade - The Buffalo News
"Nevertheless, the information – from an executive on another NFL club and another agent who is not employed by Byrd – lends credence to the uncomfortable situation that exists between the Bills and their Pro Bowl safety."

Manuel gets the ball for Bills - The Buffalo News
This write-up is chock full of quotes from Manuel and Marrone on this weekend;s game and the QB's return from injury.

WGR 550 - Bills' Manuel, Marrone Expecting Greatness From QB's First Start
"I'd be lying if I'm standing here saying that I don't expect him to do great things," Marrone said before qualifying it by saying he expects all his players to perform the same way. "It's his first game. He's gonna go in there, we're gonna give him everything he needs to be successful and he's gonna go out there and play."

Rookie Starting QB's - ESPN Video - ESPN
"NFL Live breaks down their expectations for EJ Manuel and Geno Smith."

Grading the Buffalo Bills' 53: Running backs - ESPN
The biggest ding here is C.J. Spiller's reliability. Are you concerned about Spiller answering the bell?

Grading the Buffalo Bills' 53: Quarterbacks - ESPN
The Bills aren't very deep at quarterback and with rookies they aren't very reliable. Mike Reiss knows they have the talent, though.

Bills: Doug Marrone Conference Call Transcript -
Bills head coach Doug Marrone addresses the media during his conference call on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Bills: EJ Manuel Conference Call Transcript -
Q: Can anyone on the Patriots cover Stevie Johnson? A: We’ll see. Stevie (Johnson) doesn’t think so, but I know he’s definitely a hard guy to cover for our own defense. I’m looking forward to the chance to see how he plays and how I go out there and play on Sunday.