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Bills Conference Call With Baltimore Media

Posted Sep 26, 2013

QB EJ Manuel

Q: Do you feel teams are trying to pressure you more because you’re a rookie?

A: Not necessarily. When I watch the film you can get a tendency of how much a team pressures the quarterback. I wouldn’t say they’re necessarily doing it because I’m a rookie, but I’m sure that would make sense. I’m a young guy, obviously not a lot of experience, but I’m gaining it with each game.

Q: How much did you use the read option in Florida State and are you enjoying using it in Buffalo?
A: We did a little bit of it at Florida State, the main reason was because we had some great running backs and we just wanted to give the defense another thing to prepare for, so I do like it here in Buffalo and I’m still continuing to get better at that.

Q: How helpful has your team’s running game been in your progression?
A: Once we get that really rolling and get that established, I think our offense will take off even more than what it’s been these past three weeks, so once we get that running game going I think we’ll be even better.

Q: How much do you look forward to playing against Matt Elam? He said he picked you off before.

A: Yeah he did pick me off last year when we played the University of Florida, but we definitely got closer as we trained together in the offseason going in to the draft and things like that so I know Matt is going to be ready and I’m going to be ready as well. I watched him a ton on film these past couple of weeks so I know it’ll be good.

Q: Would you say you owe him one?
A: I wouldn’t say that, but I’d love to throw a touchdown on him, he knows that. I’ll try to get that done this weekend.

Q: You said you watched him on film, what have you seen?
A: Not just Matt, but their entire defense has some great guys. Up in the front as well as defensive backs. They’re very solid overall. I think the biggest thing for us is just continue to execute our offense and I think we’ll be fine.

Q: Does it help at all that these teams don’t have a lot of film on you?
A: I’m not sure if that helps. I guess not just with myself, but with our offense, we still have nuances that we’re adding in so I guess it does help a little bit.

Q: From going against Matt Elam before, what would you say is difficult about playing against him?
A: Well Matt is a ball hawk, he’s a guy that can come up and make a good tackle. I know that from just playing him in college, he’s always been an instinctive guy, very smart at the safety position. Just seeing that on the film as well, you just have to make sure you’re throwing an accurate ball and give the receiver an opportunity to catch it and kind of cover himself up.

Q: How much are you talking about the Ravens pass rush this week?
A: Definitely trying to get some extra chips against those guys on the edge and just adding a little bit of extra protection so we can get the ball downfield.

Head Coach Doug Marrone

Q: When you were looking at EJ Manuel coming out of Florida State, was the fact that he was a mobile quarterback important to you?

A: We were going to obviously play to the strengths of whoever we took, but having the ability of being mobile was definitely something that we were looking for.

Q: What have you seen that has impressed you about Daryl Smith as he has taken over at middle linebacker here? You obviously saw him at Jacksonville as well.

A: And I was a part of recruiting him so I know him very well. He’s from Dougherty High School down there in Georgia. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him and really followed him because I got to know him obviously in that recruiting process, recruiting that high school. I really see someone that’s playing, and I’ve always had a lot of respect for him as he plays at a very high level. I think he’s an outstanding person and a very very good football player. He can run, he can hit and he can cover. He’s a three down type of a guy in a league that now specializes in that position. I have a lot of respect for him both on and off the field.

Q: What have you seen as far as EJ’s poise for a rookie quarterback?
A: We’ve seen a lot of things. You go through ups and downs and you’re seeing situations where EJ has shown great poise, you see situations where he’s very competitive and at times maybe frustrated. I don’t think that’s any different than any other rookie in the league or anyone at any position. It’s just one of those things of learning how to manage it so you can play at a level of consistency as well as a high level of winning games.

Q: Would you like to see him keep the ball more on some of those read option plays?
A: He has the ability to do that. When those situations present themselves, he has that (option). It wasn’t something that he ran in college, along with some other things that we’re doing, so obviously we just have to keep practicing and keep getting comfortable with it and keep getting more confidence with that.

Q: The Ravens offense has a lot of new pieces and are still getting it together. What have you seen of them on film?
A: Obviously the offense is getting better and they’ve had an injury with Ray (Rice) being out, who’s an outstanding player. You see the receivers are really coming on, you see the players coming together; you see a big strong aggressive offensive line. You see a quarterback that, people were asking me about him today locally, what do you see, and I remember turning on the film the first time and being like, ‘He can throw it.’ He can really move that ball, put that ball around. I think there’s a lot of people that can be targeted in the offense so I think it’s a challenge for us. That ball can go to many different receivers, not just one, so I think there’s a lot of challenges for us to be well on defense.

Q: Are the injuries to Mario Williams, Stevie Johnson and Leodis McKelvin considered day to day for you guys?
A: Yeah, we expect them all (to be) practicing tomorrow.

Q: How much of a concern is keeping the Ravens pass rush away from EJ?
A: I think it’s a concern for anyone that plays against them. We have to be up for that task. Played against some of the guys before. Terrell Suggs is outstanding, he does power, speed, he has an entourage of moves. I think it’s very difficult, as well as anyone of their outside edge players, I think they put a lot of pressure on you with their speed up the field and speed and power is always an issue. Inside I think they have a tremendous amount of power, they really do. You see guys in this league that are really stout that are getting knocked back. It’s always a challenge going against them to be able to protect the passer.

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