Running back C.J. Spiller is happy to have him.
Manuel's rookie outing was a collage of inconsistency marred by injury. He told NFL Network that he's learned to "be smart when I take off with the football" after losing four weeks last season to a sprained LCL suffered on a scramble against the Browns in Week 5.
Even with the presence of exciting rookie pass-catcher Sammy Watkins, we expect the Bills to go after teams on the ground. The trio of Spiller, Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown form one of the league's top stable of backs.
Still, Buffalo needs Manuel to improve as a passer. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett vowed in June that his quarterback would be used to the hilt in the team's fast-paced, no-huddle attack after spending last season with a stripped-down version of the playbook.
Spiller and Buffalo's coaching staff continue to preach an "all-in" approach to their young starter. The optimism is encouraging, but Manuel is under considerable pressure to flip the switch come September.