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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 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

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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

Bills QB E.J. Manuel is a healthy scratch for Week 10.

The No. 16 overall pick of the 2013 draft has been passed by Josh Johnson on the depth chart. A truly colossal bust, Manuel will likely be released in the offseason. He has one year left on his rookie contract.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 07:18:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 24-of-42 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 7 loss to the Jaguars in London.

Manuel was a disaster for most of the first half and turned the ball over three times in a span of six plays in the second quarter. The fumble and one of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns, and the second interception was converted into a touchdown three plays later. OC Greg Roman seemed to make adjustments to the offense following the interceptions, funneling throws to Robert Woods and Chris Hogan on the sidelines. Manuel responded to the changes by making a great throw to Woods for a touchdown and leading a field-goal drive to close out the half. He continued to move the ball effectively in the second half, and the Bills managed to take the lead with 18 points in the fourth quarter including a 58-yard bomb from Manuel to Marcus Easley. The Jags marched down the field to retake the lead, however, and Manuel sputtered on a failed two-minute drive to close out the game. Luckily for Bills’ fans, Tyrod Taylor (knee) should be able to return after the Week 8 bye.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 12:55:00 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 28-of-42 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Bills' Week 6 loss to the Bengals.

He added rushing 22 yards, including a one-yard touchdown. Manuel looked to be on his way to having a decent day after leading the offense right down the field on the opening drive, which he capped with his rushing score on a true QB keeper to the right. After the opening drive, Manuel missed a number of throws, under-throwing numerous balls, including his interception down the middle into double coverage. Manuel racked up a good chunk of his yards in garbage time. There was a report earlier Sunday that Manuel could challenge Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in Buffalo with a solid performance. That's not going to happen. Coach Rex Ryan confirmed as much after the game, saying he still considered starting Taylor on Sunday. Manuel is a backup in the NFL.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2E.J. Manuel
3Connor Cook
RB1Marshawn Lynch
2DeAndre Washington
3Jalen Richard
GLB1Marshawn Lynch
2Jamize Olawale
3RB1DeAndre Washington
2Jalen Richard
FB1Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Johnny Holton
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Seth Roberts
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Jared Cook
2Lee Smith
3Clive Walford
LT1Donald Penn
2Jylan Ware
LG1Kelechi Osemele
2Denver Kirkland
C1Rodney Hudson
2Jon Feliciano
RG1Gabe Jackson
2Vadal Alexander
RT1Marshall Newhouse
2David Sharpe
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio