Jim Kelly hopes E.J. Manuel can deliver for the Bills

ej manuelFormer Bills great Jim Kelly believes E.J. Manuel gives the city of Buffalo as well as the Bills some hope for the future.

“I think I’m as hopeful as every fan in Buffalo,” Kelly said, per the Buffalo News. “I live here. This is my home now. I said it earlier: You get tired of people always referring back to when I played. I don’t want to do that. I want to refer somebody that is taking us to the next level now.”

Kelly hopes Manuel can take the Bills to the top.

“I’m not only a former player, but I’m a fan, too,” Kelly said. “I can feel what the fans feel. And to have somebody to come in and hopefully he can grasp not only the offense, but this city.

“And just the type of player he is, you can tell he’s a good kid, but good kids always don’t take you to the top. Ryan Fitzpatrick — great friend of mine — just couldn’t get it done.

“I just hope EJ’s the guy that we hope that he is.”

I believe Manuel has the tools to be a very good NFL quarterback.. Whether he has success in the NFL will depend on how well the Bills develop him from day one.