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Bills coach Marrone cautious in assessing QB Manuel after first rookie practice

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    Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, a first-round draft pick out of Florida State, drops a back to pass during NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, a first-round draft pick out of Florida State, drops a back to pass during NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, a first-round draft pick out of Florida State, loosens up during NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Buffalo Bills' head coach Doug Marrone, left, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, right, watch the rookie minicamp at the team's NFL football training facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) participates in rookie minicamp at the team's NFL football training facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is keeping his expectations in check when it comes to assessing quarterback EJ Manuel.

Marrone wasn't in a position to award Manuel the starting job when the Bills drafted him in the first round out of Florida State two weeks ago. And the coach certainly didn't have a change of heart after keeping a close eye on the quarterback Friday, when the team opened a three-day rookie minicamp.

Marrone credited Manuel for making some "nice throws" and was pleased with what he saw. But he also noted Manuel needs help with his footwork and mechanics.

That's the type of performance Marrone says he was expecting from a quarterback who wasn't regarded as the most "polished guy."