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More than anything else, the development of second-year quarterback EJ Manuel will determine the success of the Bills in 2014.
Manuel has all of the talent around him to make it work, and now it is on him to take his game to the next level. Most importantly, Manuel seems to have returned to full health and hasn't missed any offseason work as of yet.
In addition, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said, via BuffaloBills.com, that Manuel is "really starting to get it." Hackett also said that Manuel's confidence has "absolutely" gone up and that he was ready to work on improving (instead of learning) the offense when he got to camp.
However, Manuel has still had his down moments in the offseason. Joe Buscaglia said there were glimpses of "good EJ and bad EJ" during minicamp. There were times, Buscaglia said, when Manuel was quickly zipping passes to receivers down the field and others when he was staring down receivers and getting picked off.
Of course, you can't read too much into what happens in shorts in June, and as Buscaglia said, "Rome wasn't built in a day." But still, it would be encouraging to see more consistently strong play from Manuel as the offseason progresses. With regard to his taking the next step, we will all have to wait to see it to believe it.
Verdict: Fiction...for now