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EJ Manuel: "Each play, I felt more relaxed"

Posted Aug 12, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks about what he learned from his first NFL preseason game, the difference between college and the pros, and Jeff Tuel's performance.

QB EJ Manuel

Training Camp – August 12, 2013

Q: What’s the biggest thing you took away from watching the game film?

A: I think I take a lot of confidence moving forward from (watching) it. I was glad to get that first one in the books and I’m glad we came out and got the W.

Q: How much confidence do you gain from a two-minute drill?

A: You definitely gain a lot of confidence taking that away and going into the half with some positivity. I didn’t necessarily get the drives I wanted early in the game so to finish the half like that, I was very happy.

Q: Is getting off to a faster start in Friday’s game a goal of yours?

A: We will definitely watch this one that we had yesterday and move forward to get ready for that one.

Q: Does training camp feel different today after a game like yesterday’s?

A: You have the normal soreness from a game, but I don’t feel any different.

Q: How did you feel when your helmet ear-piece shut off?

A: I just called another play. We know our offense. We try to know our offense as well as our OC. When it didn’t work, we didn’t freak out or anything. We just called another play.

Q: Because you’re not accustomed to that in college, how important was it to not freak out?

A: You just have to rely on what you know and what you have learned. We didn’t take a step back or anything like that.

Q: Did your 24-yard run help to relax you?

A: Each play, I felt more relaxed, so I can’t necessarily say it was that one run or anything. I feel like each play I got better.

Q: What is it like seeing a guy you work so closely with so well? Did Jeff Tuel’s performance push you?

A: I wouldn’t say it necessarily pushes me, but I’m happy he went out and had success. I think he was almost at 95 percent or something like that. He did a great job. All of those guys who didn’t necessarily play early in the game like Kendall Gaskins and (Brandon) Kaufman and all those receivers they had a chance to go out there and do well. I was happy to see it.

Q: Are you looking to complete more deep throws?

A: I’m fine the way it went. I would love to take some shots downfield, but if it’s not there, you take what the defense gives you.

Q: What the main differences from playing in college to the NFL?

A: I think it’s just (you have to) know that it’s the show. In the NFL, this is big time, this is the elite of the elite. Playing against and playing with guys you grew up watching on TV on the opposing team and on my team. It’s a great feeling and once the first snap was out of the way, it was football.

Q: Comment on CJ Spiller’s performance against Indianapolis.

A: It helped a lot. Seeing him in the ACC on the other side of the ball for a long time, I’m happy to be on this team now. It’s a great feeling.

Q: What do you make of CJ Spiller’s game at this point?

A: I think he’s done a great job. I didn’t necessarily see a lot of him when I was in college, but C.J. has done a great job. He’s helped me out a lot with the protection and things like that. We communicate in the backfield. He’s done a great job and I'm happy to be one of his teammates.