Manuel's phone a hot line at draft [1:40 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '“When Dion Jordan got selected, someone called my hotline phone that was there at the draft,” Manuel told Patrick. “I think they were looking for Dion, but I got excited because I heard it ring. I was like, Man, that’s a prank call right there.''
Strong bond between Manuel and Bills Hall of Famer [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I stuck around and watched the draft until EJ was selected,” Smith said, “and then I immediately texted my son, who plays at Virginia Tech now. EJ and my son Alston are very good friends as well. His exact words were, ‘This is crazy, Dad,’ the fact that he’s going to be going to the same team I played for, and all the history that was created there."'
EJ Manuel: ''I expect to come in and compete'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Well to me it was more so that there only needs to be one team to fall in love with you. Whether it was the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles or the Cleveland Browns—I knew one of those teams was going to take a quarterback. I did not know how soon. I am just extremely elated I was taken at 16 when I saw the Bills trade back from eight to 16. I knew they would probably take a quarterback. When my phone rang I was extremely excited.'
Bills land WR Woods on day two [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills spoke highly of Woods before the draft and described him as one of the most NFL ready receivers in this year’s draft, with Bills scout Brad Forsyth calling him “as polished a receiver as I’ve seen in a while.” Nix affirmed that belief Friday following Woods’ selection.'
Robert Woods: ''I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league'' [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It comes with the territory. I know coming to the NFL (you’re) playing some bigger and better corners. Like I said, it comes with the territory. I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league. I feel like with a great scheme you can beat anything with the book.'
Bills add athletic LB Alonso with 46th pick [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Mike and the defense is excited to bring him in,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “A young player that hasn’t played as much as the other players that we’ve had. He’s shown that he can play multiple positions. He’s shown that he can play on teams. He’s shown that he’s instinctive.”'
Kiko Alonso: ''I feel like I can play any spot in [the Bills] system'' [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yeah, definitely. I think, not taking credit away from the offense obviously because they are awesome putting up the points and yards per game. It is really hard to look past them, but we have a lot of great players on the defense. We already had one picked with Dion (Jordan). We have a ton of players and a lot of talent who do not really get looked at because of what the offense is capable of doing and what there is on that side of the ball.'
Speedster WR Goodwin added in round three [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When I look at offense, I try to look at playmakers; people that can make plays, people that can be productive,” explained Marrone. “The whole thing in this league is how are you going to score?”'
Marquise Goodwin: ''People underestimate me as a complete football player'' [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I’m a football guy that just happens to run track because I just got drafted by the Buffalo Bills. First of all given my honest to God for the opportunity, my school and everybody. But I don’t think if I was strictly a track guy trying to play football that I would’ve been drafted, especially in this round with the numbers that I have. Obviously somebody thought enough to invest in me because they saw me as a football player.'
Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on Day Two Draft picks [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Well we’ve been talking about getting a receiver. And Robert Woods we were fortunate that he was there and the guy’s got the intangibles; plus made all these catches. We got to know him a little bit when we were out there working out Matt Barkley. We’d already written him in that kind of thing. The individual workout we got to visit with him a little bit.'
Bills looking for NFL ready WR [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We're talking about the wide receiver position being deep,” said Nix. “It's going to always be deep the way colleges are going. They're playing with four and five wides, so there's more of them. There's always going to be good players and there are three or four that would fit that outside receiver job that could challenge deep and be a vertical guy.”'
Buffalo Bills NFL Draft performance: So far, so good [5:48 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'I watched a few Florida State games in the past two seasons. Manuel is a good quarterback. Is he an Andrew Luck or RGIII-caliber quarterback? Right now, I'd say no. But he has all the tools to be a winning quarterback in the NFL.'
In Manuel the Bills trust [2:53 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Manuel probably is going to sit for at least a year, if not two behind Kevin Kolb. Again, Bills fans need patience and wait for their new toy to be unleashed.'
Bills get their quarterback in Manuel [9:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Not only did the Bills choose the QB they coveted — Manuel — they now have eight draft choices including three in the Top 46, their own second-rounder at 41 and then St. Louis’.'
Bills get their QB: Manuel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He can throw the football vertically down the field,” said Bills coach Doug Marrone. “He has a good arm. He can get himself out of trouble. He can create things with his feet. He has good presence in the huddle, he’s accurate and we’re excited to have him.”'
Credit Bills for taking bold path [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are still trying to recover from their draft blunders of the past 13 years. You don’t undo a decade of miscalculation in one weekend. But this is how you do it, by taking advantage of the desperation of other teams and using it to your advantage.'
Buffalo Bills select Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t think I’d use the word conflicted,” Marrone said when asked to share his feelings about passing on Nassib, who many draft experts felt was the ideal choice for Buffalo solely for the familiarity factor. “At the end of the day there were a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft and we took the quarterback that we felt fit our situation best in Buffalo.”'
Manuel's the right choice [1:56 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Manuel provides the Bills with that identity. Like the hiring of Marrone, the selection of Manuel signifies the turning over of a new leaf in Buffalo. The duo provides Bills fans not just with that identity, but a fresh, entertaining one.'
Thoughts on the Bills picking Manuel [1:55 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Ultimately, it will take a few years to determine if this pick was the right decision for Buffalo. We'll see how long it takes him to win the starting job going up against Kevin Kolb and Tavaris Jackson.'
E.J. Manuel first QB taken -- by Bills! [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Most people figured the quarterback-desperate Bills would pick a signal-caller, but the club got creative in doing so.'
Doug Marrone, Bills pass on former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib who goes undrafted [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But in the end it wasn't so, and it wasn't even that close. The Bills took a quarterback ranked outside the top three prospects at the position by most analysts, and Nassib was left to wait until Friday to find out his future employer.'
Surprises for Browns, Bills, but not Steelers [1:52 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The Bills had plenty of other needs, but the biggest question entering the draft was whether first-year coach Doug Marrone believed his franchise quarterback was on the roster. We got our answer.'
FSU's first-round picks: Manuel, Werner, Rhodes [1:51 AM]
Tallahassee Democrat reports: '“This guy has leadership qualities and he is smart,” Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix said. “His knowledge of the game was further along than most. ... And you need to be able to play in the wind and the cold. As far as arm strength, there is no question. He’s a huge man.”'
FSU's EJ Manuel first QB taken in NFL Draft, while Gators' Sharrif Floyd drops [1:50 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'In addition to being the first FSU player taken in the draft's opening round, he also was the first quarterback selected, bypassing West Virginia's Geno Smith, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and Southern Cal's Matt Barkley, among others. He entered the draft with mostly second-round projections.'
Buffalo Bills make splash, take FSU’s EJ Manuel in first round [1:49 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '“I’m just so proud to be a Buffalo Bill, I can wait to get started. Get working.”'
E.J. Manuel first (and only) QB drafted in 1st round [1:48 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I was thinking about my mother, what she's battled through. She's in remission and cancer-free right now,'' said the quarterback, who compiled a 25-6 record at Florida State, third best in school history. "I'm proud of her. She's been working the past four weeks, even though she's been undergoing some more radiation treatment.'''
Bills select QB Manuel with 16th pick in draft [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Manuel became the first quarterback selected on Thursday, and filled a big need for a Bills team that's rebuilding under new coach Doug Marrone. Manuel was the most accurate passer at Florida State, where he completed nearly 67 percent of his passes.'
Tears of relief for Manuel in NFL draft 1st round [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '''I love having a chip on my shoulder,'' he said.'
Kelly, Losman ... where will EJ Manuel fit? [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"As you know, we did a lot of work on these guys and we felt we knew him as well as you could from a distance," Nix said. "This guy, to us, has the upside to be whatever you want him to be. They all had good qualities but this is a guy who can do both (run and pass). It's up to Coach Marrone and his staff how they use him, but this guy can do both � and he's a winner."'
Bills gets crafty to get the guy they wanted all along [1:45 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Smart, huh? Maybe. We'll know in a couple of years. In the meantime, it's up to Manuel to prove the Bills right.'
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