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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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Week 7: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr's tough season continued last week after returning from injury. Carr has now thrown for just three touchdowns in his last three games and has thrown for under 250 yards in four of his five games this season. The biggest issue for this offense has been Amari Cooper who is struggling mightily as he is averaging just 16.8 yards per game over his last five contests and while he had 5 receptions last week which was more than his three previous weeks combined, he was only able to turn those into 28 yards. Michael Crabtree continues to be a bright spot in this passing offense as even in a tough matchup last week against Casey Hayward he was able to find the end zone and was targeted a season-high 10 times last week. The Chiefs so far this season have struggled against the pass as they are 24th in terms of passing yards allowed as they have allowed 247.5 yards per game through the air so far this year. While Marcus Peters has been one of the top cornerbacks in football as he usually is, Terrance Mitchell and Phillip Gaines have really struggled in pass coverage which could be an area that the Raiders could exploit. Peters traditionally does not shadow a cornerback so expect that the Raiders try to line up Michael Crabtree in this game away from the Pro Bowler Peters and exploit some of the better matchups in this game. If Crabtree is matched up against Peters, however, it could be a long day for the Raiders passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at DEN 20 11 17 106 0 1 0 0 0 0 4.3
5 vs BAL 56 13 26 159 1 0 2 15 0 0 13.45
7 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
7 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (13 / 26 / 159 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)

Derek Carr was held out after suffering a back injury in Week 4 giving Manuel his first start for Oakland. Manuel acquitted himself well. He didn't turn the ball over, used his athleticism to buy time and made some nice plays to extend drives. The Raiders quickly fell into a 21-3 hole but Manuel slowly got Oakland back into the game, making it a one possession game in the third quarter after he led a pair of long touchdown drives. Manuel made some plays with his legs, rushing for a couple key first downs and also escaping the pocket at times to allow his receivers extra time to get open. He scrambled to buy time on a play-action pass that was supposed to go deep to Amari Cooper. When Cooper drew triple coverage, Manuel scrambled to his right and hit Michael Crabtree in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown. Manuel also completed a key third down pass for 22 yards down the left sideline to Seth Roberts after scrambling to buy time. Manuel converted a 3rd-and-9 in the red zone with a weaving scramble in which he eluded multiple Ravens defenders and dove for the first down. He almost scored but came up just a couple yards short.

2017 Week 4 vs DEN (11 / 17 / 106 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Manuel came in mid-series when Carr took a big hit midway through the third quarter. The Raiders were quickly forced to punt and went 3-and-out on Manuel's next series. It took Manuel a little while to get rolling but when he did, he played great. Trailing by nine midway through the fourth quarter, he threw for 73 yards on five plays before stalling out in the red zone, which forced Oakland to settle for a field goal. He threw with authority, accuracy, and plenty of zip on the ball. Manuel almost capped the drive off with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook but Cook couldn't make the sliding catch in the end zone on the perfectly thrown pass. Manuel came close to pulling off a shocking comeback. He had the Raiders driving for a go-ahead touchdown deep in Broncos territory late but threw an interception when he threw it up to give Amari Cooper a jump-ball opportunity.


Latest News

Raiders | Amari Cooper to be more involved? (Sat Oct 7, 09:33 PM) - Oakland Raiders QB EJ Manuel said he is going to make an effort to make WR Amari Cooper more involved in the offense early against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.

Our View: Cooper has been plagued by drops and lackluster play. Manuel actually threw the ball well last week, so Cooper has a chance to bounceback. He's worth a WR3/Flex start in this four-team bye week.
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Raiders | EJ Manuel expected to start (Fri Oct 6, 06:46 PM) - Oakland Raiders QB EJ Manuel is expected to make the start in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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