Posts Tagged ‘Robert Griffin III’

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.


Morning After: Bills v. Redskins

Friday, August 10th, 2012


Unfortunately it was this kind of a night for the Bills as they fall to the Redskins 7-6 (Photo: US Presswire)

Well last night went similarly to how a lot of first preseason games go, it was ugly, it was mistake filled, and it was not a lot of fun but that ladies in gentlemen is why they play the games. There isn’t a lot to take out of this first game so this review will be a bit briefer than the ones that will follow the remainder of this preseason and into the regular season. (more…)

Preseason Preview – Week 1: Washington Redskins

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

It’s time to get excited! The Bills preseason starts on Thursday!

On Thursday night the Buffalo Bills will officially kick off their preseason season as they welcome the Washington Redskins to town and hopefully give rookie QB Robert Griffin III a very rude welcome to the NFL. This game will be the debut of the Bills own star player as DE Mario Williams is expected to start and should play about 15-18 snaps according to head coach Chan Gailey. Meanwhile Griffin and the Redskins starting units will be in there for 12-20 snaps according to Mike Shannahan. (more…)

2012 High Riser Team

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Robert Griffin III did more to improve his draft stock than any other prospect this year which is why he is the High Riser of the Year

Every year we see countless media outlets produce countless All-American teams and every year they all look roughly the same with one or two surprises. We have nothing against those lists and in fact enjoy reading and discussing those lists every year. We wanted to create our own All-American team but not really make so much about being an All-American. (more…)

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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