Already, EJ Manuel's leadership is apparent. Look no further than Sunday's comeback drive.
From the moment he arrived in the Bills locker room - he seemed to have a place of leadership, not your average rookie - which meant avoiding things like the initiation and the haircuts.
"I still had to bring lots of treats and foods and snacks and stuff, which is customary of rookies, especially during training camp. Luckily, I didn't have to get the haircuts and all that kind of stuff," Manuel said.
"We're not going to let him off the hook. He's still a rookie. He's still got to do his dues just like everybody else had to, so we're going to come up with something," said running back CJ Spiller.
Whether they get him or not, it's clear that Manuel has this team's respect - which he insists he earned and was not given based on his draft position.
"I think the biggest thing is playing on the field, as far as getting respect from your teammates. When we had that first preseason game, we went in and played well. I got better as the game went on. I felt more comfortable, and I think that's where you earn the most respect - actually on the field."
As the top quarterback selected in this past year's draft, a lot is being made of Manuel's matchup against the second quarterback taken, Geno Smith, on Sunday. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson wasn't shy about his breakdown.
"I like EJ. I'm going to ride with my guy," said Johnson.
"I'm excited about the next game. That's probably the biggest thing I'm focused on. I'm not focused on facing Geno. He's not on defense. Obviously, we're just looking forward to the next game and trying to get a win," Manuel said.
A win that would require leadership on the road.