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E.J. Manuel next stop on Bills' trip

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills are continuing their workout tour today, visiting Tallahassee, Fla., to conduct a private practice session with Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.

Manuel has ideal size for the position, at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds. He has a strong arm and has the athleticism to make plays on the move. Florida State went 12-2 on the strength of a defense that ranked No. 2 in the country, behind only national champion Alabama. The Seminoles' offense had plenty of chances to fail during games. Manuel compiled a 25-6 career record as a starter, the third most wins in Florida State history. He was the QB in four straight bowl-game wins. The only other QB in FBS history to do that was West Virginia's Pat White. Manuel has potential. But his play on the field did not suggest he's ready to be a franchise quarterback. His pocket presence and timing was not nearly as good as some of the other top quarterbacks in the 2013 draft class.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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