Doug Marrone says EJ Manuel will be Bills starting QB in 2014

Tom Szczerbowski

After a rookie season of inconsistency and injuries, Manuel is expected to remain the starting quarterback of the Bills in 2014.

E.J. Manuel endured injuries during his rookie season and had an inconsistent year, but has been told by Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone will remain the starting quarterback of the team in 2013, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak.

Manuel, 23, was the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft when the Bills took him with the 16th overall selection in the first round. He missed six games as a rookie due to knee injuries and led the Bills to a 4-6 record while in the lineup.

On Friday, Brian Galliford of SB Nation's Bills blog, Buffalo Rumblings, gave a full scouting report of Manuel's rookie year and said that the young passer will need to make some strides in several aspects of his game to find success in 2014:

There's very little doubt that the tools that the Bills invested in when they made Manuel a first-round pick are still present, and when wielded correctly are capable of producing high-level results. Whether or not Manuel ever reaches "franchise quarterback" standards shouldn't cloud the fact that, with a bit more time and a good off-season, Manuel has a chance to take a significant step forward in his second season simply by cleaning up some of the basics.

Manuel finished the year with 1,972 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His 77.7 passer rating was second among rookies, behind only Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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