Despite entering his second year as the Bills starting QB, EJ Manuel has failed to score a touchdown in three games with the first team offense.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills have two important things in common as they head into preseason action against each other: great receiving corps anchored by highly-touted rookies and a question mark at QB.
Tampa Bay drafted WRs Mike Evans and Robert Herron along with TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins to complement star receiver Vincent Jackson. While starting QB Josh McCown has played effectively in the preseason, there are questions as to his viability as the starter for the entire season considering he has never played a full 16-game season, and has only 38 starts in 12 seasons with six different teams.
The Buffalo Bills by comparison traded up to add No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins to a team that already has Robert Woods and (interestingly enough) former Buccaneers WR Mike Williams. But QB EJ Manuel, now in his second year with the team, has struggled mightily in the preseason, failing to lead a TD drive with the first-team offense in three games (Hall of Fame game included).
With Sammy Watkins out for the game, Manuel will have even more of an impetus to show that he has made progress as an NFL sophomore and can lead the Bills potentially explosive offense to its maximum potential.