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Bills QB EJ Manuel eager to bounce back from injuries, shed rookie inconsistencies

  • Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel works on his footwork during voluntary drills at the teams NFL football training center in Orchard Park, N.Y., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, James P. McCoy) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUT

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  • Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson  does footwork training during a drill in the first day of the Bills volunteer work outs at the Ralph Wilson Practice Field House in Orchard Park, N.Y.,  on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, James P. McCoy)    TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT; DUNKIRK OBSERVER OUT; JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL OUT; LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL OUT; NIAGARA GAZETTE OUT; OLEAN TIMES-HERALD OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUT

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  • Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood, center,  works on his footwork during voluntary drills at the teams training center in Orchard Park, N.Y., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, James P. McCoy) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUT

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Raising his right leg for emphasis, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel says both knees are fine, and his mind also feels refreshed.

The next step is shedding the injuries and inconsistencies that limited the first-round draft pick's development during his rookie season last year.

Manuel was blunt in assessing his up-and-down season, and acknowledged he has much room for improvement.

He spoke Tuesday after joining his teammates for the start of the Bills' offseason voluntary conditioning program.

Being healthy is a start. Manuel was sidelined three times last season because of injuries to both knees.

He went 4-6 on a team that finished 6-10 and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons.

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