Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced today rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will start the opener against the New England Patriots on Sept. 8 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Manuel underwent minor knee surgery about a month ago, and his availability for week one was shrouded in mystery.
But he returned to practice early this week and participated in full practices since Monday.
The Bills's first-round pick (No. 16 overall) has a lot of raw potential. He was the first quarterback drafted and for good reason.
He's six feet five inches, 237 pounds. He has a big arm and can make throws down the field with the velocity to fit it in tight spaces. He's a good athlete with good mobility; running a 4.65 40-yard sprint at the combine. And scouts liked his leadership and character.
But he has a gunslinger mentality and tries to force the ball, which will lead to interceptions, and he's inconsistent with his accuracy on deep throws. And he doesn't set his feet under pressure.
With all that being said, he has a lot of potential, and he will get to showcase his talent against the Patriots week one.