Bills' EJ Manuel consulted other QBs about leadership role

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is seeking to assume a much more pronounced leadership role on the team...

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is seeking to assume a much more pronounced leadership role on the team this season. (John Kryk/QMI Agency/Files)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

As the last of his knee injuries healed this off-season, EJ Manuel considered what he needed to do most to improve in Year 2.

After he sought -- and got -- big-name advice, the Buffalo Bills quarterback resolved to assume a much more pronounced leadership role on the team in 2014.

He said as much last week at his first news conference of the year, and elaborated in an interview this week.

"The biggest thing I want to improve on is becoming more of a leader, taking more command of this offence," Manuel said by phone from Orchard Park, N.Y., during Week 2 of the Bills' voluntary team off-season training regime.

"That's a broad statement but I really mean it."

Manuel said he came to that conclusion, in part, after seeking out NFL quarterbacks farther down the path of success. Namely Drew Brees, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Oh, and an all-pro defensive back to boot.


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