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EJ Manuel Set to Square Off with Andrew Luck, Last Year’s Most-Hyped Rookie Quarterback

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

EJ Manuel’s first preseason game with the Buffalo Bills will come against the Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Coupling Kevin Kolb’s family situation with his knee injury, it is looking like a strong possibility that Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will start Sunday’s preseason opener versus the Indianapolis Colts.

In Manuel’s first taste of NFL game action, his quarterback counterpart will be last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Luck. Like Luck in 2012, Manuel was the first quarterback selected in this year’s NFL draft.

Andrew Luck was considered the consensus top player in the 2012 NFL draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper called him the best quarterback prospect available since John Elway in 1983. The Colts were so confident in Luck being able to step in right away that they released future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning during the 2012 offseason.

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What To Expect From EJ Manuel and Other Rookie Quarterbacks

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The success of the 2012 rookie quarterback class set the bar high, but context sets more reasonable expectations for EJ Manuel’s rookie seasons with the Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

What will the Buffalo Bills get out of rookie quarterback EJ Manuel this season? That is the biggest question surrounding the team heading into the offseason. Although Manuel has been called a project and a likely candidate for a redshirt year, the Bills seem content to let him vie for the starting job.

Since everybody acknowledges that the success of the Bills’ 2013 NFL draft will depend on what they get out of Manuel, let’s take a look at what the realistic expectations are of what Manuel could give. By looking at the results of rookie starting quarterbacks in the new millennium, we can determine what would be a realistic successful season for Manuel or any other rookie quarterback.

In order to set the parameters, I decided that a rookie “starting” quarterback would be one who threw 224 pass attempts in their rookie year, since that is the necessary amount to qualify for the league’s passing efficiency rating. Since 2000, 32 rookie quarterbacks have met those guidelines. Some of the stats were already laid out in an interesting article by Football Perspective, so I’ll just try and put them in a context that’s more geared towards this discussion.

Submitting to the fact that yards per attempt, touchdowns, and interceptions are a solid barometer for quarterback success (I’ve added completion percentage in as well), let’s see just how rookie quarterbacks have fared since the turn of the century and what the average performance would be for Manuel and the rest of the class of 2013.

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Film Room Session: Fiesta Bowl – Stanford v. Oklahoma State

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Today marks the kick off of the BCS Bowl games and the beginning of the end of the college football season. That does not however mean that scouting is done nor that the fun that comes with college football season is over. Tonight’s Fiesta Bowl features two of the best QB’s in the nation and two offenses that have the ability to score. The question will be which defense comes to play and who can come up with more stops. (more…)


Holiday Homework: Fiesta Bowl – Oklahoma State v. Stanford

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Can Weeden make a statement in his duel with Andrew Luck?

This game is the best bowl game to scout of any this season in our opinion. You have two top 5 draft picks in Andrew Luck and Justin Blackmon. Another top 15 prospect in David DeCastro and quite possibly the best senior QB in Brandon Weeden. With so many prospects playing the impact these players make will weigh heavily with NFL scouts.

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Three Days In April Podcast – Episode 3 with special guest Matt Miller

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Special Guest Matt Miller from Bleacher Report and New Era Scouting joined Eric Galko, James Christensen and our own Matt Elder tonight. (more…)



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