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Buffalo Bills news, 1/8: reviewing EJ Manuel's rookie season

With the 2013 season in the books, take a look back at EJ Manuel with the help of some links.

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

Inside The Bills | Analytics site sees signs of Manuel’s improvement

"The numbers put Manuel near the bottom of regular NFL quarterbacks. But Palazzolo says the numbers show the rookie quarterback had three of his four best games near the end of the season (vs Jets, vs. Falcons, and at Jacksonville)."

Beyond the stats: EJ Manuel vs. the rookie spread | Articles | Buffalo Wins

"Nickel City Bills" analyzes EJ Manuel's rookie season, comparing him to other rookie QBs to start since 2011.

EJ Manuel scouting report: analysis of pocket play, accuracy, & more - Buffalo Rumblings

Brian's epic breakdown of Manuel's rookie season is a must-read in this situation, as well.

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Inside The Bills | Dareus named to PFF All-Pro Team
"As a pass rusher, he did more than those other two guys," Palazzolo told host John Murphy. "He graded at plus 11.2, he had what we counted as nine sacks, four QB hits, 30-hurries. And he played 841 snaps, ninth-most at the position. Mebane and Harrison were more two down guys..they were off the field on passing downs a lot more than Dareus. We gave him the nod, he had a really good season."

Moorman wants to keep on kicking -
"For those punts that were returned the gains were minimal. Opponents averaged 7.6 yards a return on Moorman punts this season good for eighth-best in the league. More importantly it cut the average return that opponents had been getting when Shawn Powell was punting almost in half."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Big Decisions Looming For Bills In 2015
There are five big names whose contract will be up following the 2014 season. Joe Buscaglia says those decisions need to be made this offseason. Who do they keep and who do they let walk?

Buffalo Bills positional review: Defensive line - ESPN
One grade that Mike Rodak didn't go high enough with was the defensive line. He admits as much in this season recap.

The 2013 Maffies: Buffalo's OROY and DROY - Bills Mafia -- #BillsMafia
Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso won in landslides.

Bills 2014 Free Agents: Who’s Staying & Going? : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran thinks Scott Chandler, Arthur Moats, Alex Carrington, Dan Carpenter, Jim Leonhard, and Brian Moorman are gone while Jairus Byrd, Thomas Welch, and Frank Summers will be in camp this July. Head inside to see why.

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Buffalo Bills: Da'Rick Rogers Showing Team Should Have Kept WR - Rant Sports
Even if hindsight tells us Rogers should have stayed - which it clearly has not to this point - with the situation at the time, who do you cut to keep him? Maybe Chris Hogan doesn't make the 53-man roster after having a stellar camp and preseason. But Rogers would have been afforded the same opportunity as Hogan, who only got in the game due to significant injuries to the receiver corps. That also doesn't reward production when you choose the "talented" undrafted receiver over the undrafted receiver who has produced all offseason.