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E.J. Manuel | Quarterback | #3

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (16) / BUF
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E.J. Manuel completed 13-of-26 passes for 159 yards with one touchdown Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 5 loss to the Ravens.
He was somewhat effective in the first half, completing 7-of-10 passes for 96 yards before the break. Manuel threaded the needle to Michael Crabtree for a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter while trimming Baltimore's lead to 11. His success waned as the game went on, though Manuel seemed to be at his best when he was making plays outside the pocket. Manuel showed zero chemistry with lead receiver Amari Cooper, instead peppering Crabtree and Jared Cook with targets. This will probably be the last we see of Manuel for a while with Derek Carr (back) expected to return next week against the Chargers. Oct 8 - 8:43 PM

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders are "preparing" to start E.J. Manuel Sunday against the Ravens.

Derek Carr (back) is pushing to play after putting in two limited practices but it sounds like the Raiders will play it safe by giving the ball to Manuel in Week 5. Manuel actually held his own coming on in relief of Carr last week (11-of-17 passing for 106 yards with one interception in a loss to Denver), but obviously he doesn't have a strong track record having not won a start since 2014. His presence is a downgrade to Oakland's entire offense, though fortunately it looks like Carr will be back for Week 6.
Oct 8 - 8:06 AM

E.J. Manuel completed 11-of-17 targets for 106 yards and an interception Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 4 loss to the Broncos.

He was sacked once for a loss of seven yards. Manuel stepped in for starter Derek Carr, who exited with a back injury late in the third quarter. He was somewhat effective, leading Oakland on a nine-play, 73-yard scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Manuel threw a catchable ball to Jared Cook in the end zone, but Cook couldn’t haul it in. Oakland’s comeback bid ended when Justin Simmons stepped in front of a pass intended for Amari Cooper with 1:45 remaining. With Carr heading for an MRI, Manuel could be asked to start next week against the Ravens.
Oct 1 - 8:44 PM

E.J. Manuel has been named the Raiders' No. 2 quarterback over Connor Cook.

Manuel had a decent summer while Cook was disastrous. Neither player is a viable option behind Derek Carr. The Raiders would be finished were injury to befall Carr for the second straight year.
Sep 5 - 2:53 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports E.J. Manuel has "taken a lead over Connor Cook" in the Raiders' backup quarterback competition.

Coach Jack Del Rio points to Manuel "doing a little more" to deserve the backup role, but he went on to say the "race remains open though." Winning the backup job would be a step in the right direction for the former first-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:18 AM

Raiders backup QB E.J. Manuel is getting second-team reps at minicamp.

He's ahead of Connor Cook. Manuel looks to have the early edge as Derek Carr's backup. The Raiders will likely carry three quarterbacks.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 5:04 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with QB E.J. Manuel, formerly of the Bills.

A colossal reach by the Bills at No. 16 in the 2013 draft, Manuel busted in kind. The owner of a career 58.3 completion percentage, 6.40 YPA and 19:15 TD:INT ratio, Manuel has attempted just 110 passes since the end of the 2014 season. He'll try to earn Oakland's No. 3 job behind Derek Carr and Connor Cook.
Mar 16 - 6:43 PM

The Buffalo News doesn’t expect the Bills to re-sign free agent E.J. Manuel.

The Bills are expected to move on from both Manuel and Tyrod Taylor. Manuel was a bust as a first-round pick but shouldn't struggle for offers as a backup. Cardale Jones is the only other Bills quarterback under contract.
Feb 17 - 6:10 PM

E.J. Manuel completed nine-of-20 passes for 86 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for eight yards Sunday in the Bills' Week 17 loss to the Jets.

Manuel failed to impress in his first and only start of the season. His awareness was poor and his accuracy was more miss than hit. Manuel had Charles Clay open for an easy touchdown late in the second quarter but underthrew him in embarrassing fashion. He was eventually replaced by third-stringer Cardale Jones. Sunday was supposed to serve as Manuel’s audition for interested teams in free agency. It did not go well. Manuel will find work this offseason, but only as a backup.
Jan 1 - 4:50 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports E.J. Manuel will start Sunday's season finale against the Jets.

If Tyrod Taylor were to suffer a significant injury in Week 17, the Bills would be on the hook for the $30.75 million remaining on his contract. That's why Manuel will get the nod in Sunday's meaningless season finale. Manuel is headed for free agency so Sunday will serve as a showcase for any interested teams. The 2013 first-round pick has been a major bust but shouldn't have trouble latching on as a backup this offseason.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said E.J. Manuel is the clear No. 2 quarterback.

"He has nothing to prove," Ryan said. "We feel pretty good about having him there." Manuel has struggled at OTAs, but Cardale Jones isn’t a threat for the backup job. Releasing Manuel would create $2.8M in dead money.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 07:40:00 PM

The Bills declined E.J. Manuel's 2017 fifth-year option.

This was an easy call. Manuel would've been in line for over $11.3 million in 2017 if the Bills had exercised the team option. Rookie Cardale Jones will give Manuel a run for No. 2 duties this season and very likely will take over as the direct backup next year. Manuel is more of a $3-5 million player.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 2, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley says the team has yet to make a decision on picking up E.J. Manuel's fifth-year option.

The team has until early May to do so. Although the options are guaranteed for injury only, we highly doubt the Bills will take the risk. The Redskins did so with Robert Griffin III, but RGIII at least had some good tape. Manuel has never been a successful NFLer. Even though the risk is slight, it's not worth it for the Bills.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 01:48:00 PM

E.J. Manuel is in the Bills' plans for 2016.

Manuel struggled in two spot starts last year, but should return as a cost-effective backup. Buffalo is still expected to add a quarterback through the draft/free agency. Releasing Manuel would leave $2.8M in dead money.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:25:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said E.J. Manuel is still the backup quarterback.

The Bills made Manuel a surprise inactive Thursday, leading to speculation Josh Johnson passed him on the depth chart. "We had a short week and Josh was really, he knew the game plan going in," Ryan said. "He knew the thing like the back of his hand — probably knew it better than Tyrod. And so that's the only reason. Manuel is our backup, and will be for the rest of the things."
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2E.J. Manuel
3Connor Cook
RB1Marshawn Lynch
2Jalen Richard
3DeAndre Washington
GLB1Marshawn Lynch
2Jamize Olawale
3RB1Jalen Richard
2DeAndre Washington
FB1Jamize Olawale
WR11Michael Crabtree
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Johnny Holton
WR21Amari Cooper
2Seth Roberts
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Jared Cook
2Lee Smith
3Clive Walford
LT1Donald Penn
2David Sharpe
LG1Kelechi Osemele
C1Rodney Hudson
RG1Gabe Jackson
2Vadal Alexander
3Jon Feliciano
RT1Marshall Newhouse
2Jylan Ware
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio