EJ Manuel's rollercoaster career with the Buffalo Bills took a dip Tuesday morning when the team re-signed quarterback Matt Cassel – and promptly named him the backup to Tyrod Taylor.
That means Manuel will be relegated to the duties of No. 3 quarterback.
Naturally, the Bills' 2013 first-round draft pick was asked following practice whether he felt like a change of scenery was required in his career, and if that meant he would consider asking the team for a trade.
"For right now, I'm in my current place. I'm still here with the Bills," he said. "I want to be part of this team and help this team win. I'm good where I'm at right now."
Ever the optimist, Manuel tried to put a positive spin on Tuesday's development.
"It's still important to continue to get better," he said. "I did what I was supposed to do, and that was have a good preseason, play well in the games. This is just what it is."
Manuel said he had no idea the Bills were interested in re-signing Cassel, whom they had cut Saturday.
"Those things aren't up to me," Manuel said. I "had heard he got released, obviously I texted him and told him thanks for all the stuff he's done for me. But they re-signed him this morning, so just got to go with it. My focus is still getting better."
Despite what is an obvious setback to his career, Manuel said he's proud of the way he's battled back from adversity.
"It almost sometimes seemed like all odds were against what I had going on," he said. "To come out, prevail, and still play well, still perform when the lights were on, I think that's what's most important. Just keep working and be ready for that opportunity. The league works in mysterious ways sometimes. It's a business, so I know that opportunity is going to come."