Posts Tagged ‘Rookie Quarterbacks’

The Road to 2-1: Previewing Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

EJ Manuel will lead the Buffalo Bills in a battle of rookie quarterbacks Sunday versus the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Going on the road within the division is never an easy task. That’s even more true if you’re the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t had a winning record within the division since 2007. Things are finally looking up in Buffalo, with a seemingly competent coaching staff and the first hope at quarterback since Jim Kelly left town. However, if you can’t win on the road, and you can’t win within the division, there’s no chance you can be a competitive football team.

This week, the Buffalo Bills travel to East Rutherford, N.J. to take on the New York Jets in their first road game and the second divisional game of the season. This will the Bills’ first true test to show just how far they’ve come from last season.


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.


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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