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QB EJ Manuel - Oakland Raiders

6-5, 237Born: 3-19-1990College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 16

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17 at NYJ 44 9 20 86 0 0 2 8 0 1 4.1

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2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (9 / 20 / 86 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

E.J. Manuel is not an NFL QB despite what the Bills keep trying to tell you. He had one of his best games this Sunday but still got pulled in the 4th quarter for poor play. His pocket presence was decent and managed to escape a few sackers but he still made poor decisions. Once while scrambling for the first down he tried to stiff-arm a defensive lineman instead of sliding. It did not go well. Once, when a sack was imminent, Manuel tried to throw the ball instead of just falling on it. Because the ball was extended, the Jets were easily able to strip him and recover the ball. When Manuel did get a throw off, a few passes were accurate and able to move the chains. But most passes were behind the receivers, or beyond the receivers, or in the dirt at the receivers' feet. Manuel didn't seem to notice the underneath coverage and had a few passes dangerously tipped by LBs. Most of his throws were staredowns allowing defenders to see where the ball was going. When receivers were open, Manuel had trouble judging the appropriate speed to put on the ball; multiple lobs instead of bullets turned sure receptions into incompletions. Charles Clay was wide open for a TD but Manuel threw it into the dirt AND behind him. Manuel also has a strong "WTF Pass of the Year" candidate. In a clean pocket, Manuel stared down an empty space, and then threw to that empty space. The nearest player was a Jets defender about 5 yards out. The nearest Bills player was 10-15 yards away. Even if a receiver ran the wrong route, it was readily apparent that no one was there. The Bills have the club option on E.J. Manuel this year; the decision to keep Manuel over Tyrod Taylor would be the wrong decision for any amount of money. With Cardale Jones in the wings showing some potential, it would be silly to even keep Manuel in the backup position. Manuel is no better than a 3rd string QB on most teams in the league.

2016 Week 8 vs NE (1 / 2 / 35 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

E.J. Manuel came into the game in garbage time. He made a throw that put his receiver in a dangerous position but luckily the player was not hurt and came down with the ball. A deep ball into the endzone was slightly underthrown letting the defender get a piece of it. Manuel did have a great throw into a tight window but the receiver dropped the ball.

2016 Week 6 vs SF (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor had a better passing game than he has had in the past few weeks. He rolled out of the pocket only when necessary and threw some decent middle-distance strikes. There wasn't much success in the deep ball game but being hit while throwing will do that. Taylor's best throw of the night was his perfect ball on the Justin Hunter TD strike. The Bills' offense has started to run more and more read-option plays and it suits Taylor's skill set. He was able to freeze the defenders twice with one of them turning into a TD. This is the Taylor that the Bills want to see every week.

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

E.J. Manuel had two different situations where he came into the game against the Jets. The first and third times Manuel came into the game, it was for a QB sneak. Either the Bills did not trust Taylor to convert or they did not want to risk their starting QB on a play like that. The second time Manuel entered the game was for two plays at the end of the 3rd quarter after Taylor had been banged up. He threw one pass which was caught. While the new OC could change things, this is likely what Manuel will be used for going forward. Spot snaps for QB sneaks and for when Taylor is hurt. He will not threaten Taylor for the starting position.


Latest News

Raiders | EJ Manuel terms (Wed Mar 22, 09:14 AM) - Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB EJ Manuel landed a one-year, $800,000 contract with no guarantees.

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Raiders | EJ Manuel signs with Raiders (Mon Mar 20, 05:08 PM) - Free-agent QB EJ Manuel (Bills) signed an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders Monday, March 20.

Our View: It's official now. Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013, but he didn't do much to impress. He'll be the Raiders third-string QB behind Derek Carr and Connor Cook.
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Raiders | EJ Manuel likely landing in Oakland (Thu Mar 16, 06:46 PM) - Free-agent QB EJ Manuel (Bills) is 'likely' signing with the Oakland Raiders, according to league sources.

Our View: Manuel will look great in black, holding backup Connor Cook's clipboard.
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