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E.J. Manuel | Quarterback | #3

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (16) / BUF
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Raiders re-signed QB E.J. Manuel.
Manuel, 28, beat out Connor Cook for the Raiders' backup quarterback job last season and made an October spot start against the Ravens, predictably struggling mightily in a 30-17 defeat. Manuel will again compete with Cook and journeyman Josh Johnson for the primary backup job behind Derek Carr. Mar 22 - 5:42 PM

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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.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 08:43:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 08:06:00 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.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 08:44:00 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.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 02:53:00 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
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 11:18:00 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
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 05:04:00 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.
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 06:43:00 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.
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 06:10:00 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.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 04:50:00 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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2E.J. Manuel
3Connor Cook
RB1Marshawn Lynch
2Doug Martin
3DeAndre Washington
4Jalen Richard
GLB1Marshawn Lynch
2Doug Martin
3RB1DeAndre Washington
2Jalen Richard
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Amari Cooper
2Martavis Bryant
3Johnny Holton
4Griff Whalen
5Isaac Whitney
WR21Jordy Nelson
2Seth Roberts
3Ryan Switzer
4Dwayne Harris
5Marcell Ateman
WR31Martavis Bryant
TE1Jared Cook
2Lee Smith
3Derek Carrier
LT1Kolton Miller
2Donald Penn
3David Sharpe
LG1Kelechi Osemele
2Vadal Alexander
3Denver Kirkland
C1Rodney Hudson
2James Stone
3Ian Silberman
RG1Gabe Jackson
2Jon Feliciano
3Jordan Simmons
RT1Breno Giacomini
2Brandon Parker
3Jylan Ware
K1Giorgio Tavecchio