Niagara Gazette — The key now is for Manuel to start showing consistency.
“Has he arrived? Obviously, I hope so,” Marrone said of Manuel, who has eight touchdowns and four interceptions, and ranks 20th among NFL quarterbacks with an 82.1 rating. “But the proof in the pudding is going to be the consistency.”
Woods is third on the team with 349 yards receiving and two touchdowns. And Goodwin, a speedster out of Texas, has provided the Bills a bona fide deep threat. He has 18 catches for 272 yards and three touchdowns — all 40 yards or longer.
Then there’s Alonso, a lynchpin of a defense that has made significant strides under Pettine, who spent the four previous seasons holding the same job with the Jets.
“I’d be lying if I said on draft day, ‘This is the answer. We’ve solidified the inside linebacker spot,’” Pettine said, slapping the table for emphasis in sharing his initial expectations regarding Alonso. “But I realized very quickly that I think we hit big on this kid.”