CJ Spiller: EJ Manuel Can’t Be Buddy Buddy With Everyone


If you listen to all the offseason chatter  — the Buffalo Bills under Rex Ryan — really have no use for EJ Manuel.

The two biggest questions facing the Bills as free agency approaches are the quarterback position and the future of C.J. Spiller.

Spiller was a guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM on Tuesday, and Spiller believes that EJ Manuel learned a lot from watching Kyle Orton last year.

“He learned that you can’t be buddy buddy with everybody,” Spiller said. “You’re the face of the franchise, you’re the quarterback so you have to demand everything. … I think early on he didn’t really didn’t understand how to step on guys’ toes. Once Kyle took over, he saw what Kyle did and it helped him.

“He’s a tremendous worker. The guy comes to work every day, prepares unbelievably. He’s in there first, last one to leave, so he has all that stuff. It was just that buddy buddy. You know how it is, you come in with some guys in your draft and you don’t really want to step on their toes. As I told him ‘You’re the quarterback you have to (step on guys’ toes)’ and I think he learned that.”

Manuel has everything he needs in Buffalo to be successful. If the Bills don’t win, then it’s on him. They have a running game, stud wide receivers and a hell-raising defense.

Manuel could end up being a guy that goes from first round pick — to out of the league.