Quarterback EJ Manuel said today he has been informed by coach Doug Marrone that he will be the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback in 2014.
"I know for me personally, I'm going to always continue to work hard and make sure I'm ready to go. I do know I'm the leader and the quarterback right now of this team," Manuel said.
If the team had a game this week, Manuel said he'd definitely be playing. In the next breath, however, he said he's "not sure yet," whether the injury to his left knee will require offseason surgery.
"When you have the injuries I've had, there's always surgical things you can do to repair it, and then there's also ways if you just get rest and certain things like that, it might repair itself, so I just have to make that decision," he said.
Manuel sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in October against Cleveland, causing him to miss four games. He suffered the same injury to his left knee earlier this month against Jacksonville in Week 15.
Manuel went 4-6 in games he started and finished. He threw for 1,972 yards, 11 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a passer rating of 77.7.
"I would say it's a great season to learn from. Obviously you're going to have ups and downs as a rookie, being a young guy in a new system and things like that," he said. "Facing teams for the first time every time, traveling for the first time every time to different cities and things. For me, I'm just looking forward to the 2014 season. Really just honing in on all the things I did well and just trying to fix the things I did not do well."
Manuel bristled when told there are still questions about whether he can be the team's franchise passer.
"I'm very certain. I've had some good games, and like I said there's a lot I can take and build from," he said. "I don't really know who's questioning things, but as far as me, I'm just continuing to get better. I'm just going to hone in and focus in on this offseason and get better."