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There are four solid candidates for this award as EJ Manuel, Robert Woods, Kiko Alonso and Marquise Goodwin have all had their moments during preseason. All four players are expected to play big roles in the Bills organization and will be a major factor if they are able to end their playoff drought.
Due to Manuel's knee injury, he is the only player right now that isn't guaranteed substantial playing time at the start of this season.
Kiko Alonso is expected to be one of the starting linebackers and Robert Woods will be on the field a lot; Buffalo is expected to be heavy in three wide receiver sets.
Goodwin will have his impact in special teams and will shorten the field for the offense with his long kickoff returns. Manuel is the wild card here, but with how he played in the first two games it’s hard not to believe that he won't be the starting quarterback once he is 100 percent healthy.
He showed a good command of the offense, poise in the pocket and confidence moving the offense down the field against the Colts and the Vikings.
That is why I expect him to be under center early in the year and be the team's Rookie of the Year.
Winner: EJ Manuel