Marrone cautious in assessing Bills QB Manuel

By JOHN WAWROW - AP Sports Writer
    2013-05-10 18:52

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is keeping his expectations in check when it comes to assessing quarterback EJ Manuel.

Marrone wasn't in a position to award Manuel the starting job when the Bills drafted him in the first round out of Florida State two weeks ago. And the coach certainly didn't have a change of heart after keeping a close eye on the quarterback Friday, when the team opened a three-day rookie minicamp.

Marrone credited Manuel for making some ``nice throws'' and was pleased with what he saw. But he also noted Manuel needs help with his footwork and mechanics.

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That's the type of performance Marrone says he was expecting from a quarterback who wasn't regarded as the most ``polished guy.''