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Can E.J. Manuel succeed in Buffalo?

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07:53 PM ET 04.26 | "Wow." I think those were the exact words that left everyone's mouth when Roger Goodell said E.J. Manuel. This surprise pick may change the Buffalo franchise for the next 10 years. His mechanics are solid, his accuracy is good (although there's still room for improvement), and his ability to scramble out of the pocket and run is a huge bonus for any team. Manuel gives Buffalo that dual threat option that they never had in the past with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although it was believed that the Bills were going to pursue Ryan Nassib because of Marrone's influence, he chose Manuel over Nassib AND Geno Smith. Manuel, who sounded ecstatic to be a Buffalo Bill in his post-pick interview, will have a tough career ahead of him with Buffalo, although he may turn this team around.

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E.J. Manuel, AP Photo/Tomasso DeRosa E.J. Manuel, AP Photo/Tomasso DeRosa
April 27, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Yes.

April 27, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Manuel should be ecstatic, the difference between rounds was worth about 6 million.

April 27, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Gonna be strange seeing a QB in that uniform looking like a football player, as opposed to a professor with pipe and smoking jacket.

April 27, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Gonna be strange seeing a QB in that uniform looking like a football player, as opposed to a professor with pipe and smoking jacket.

LOL, are you talking about Hasselbeck, versus Wilson. Good morning fellow Washingtonian, (Tacoma). :-)

April 27, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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LOL, are you talking about Hasselbeck, versus Wilson. Good morning fellow Washingtonian, (Tacoma). :-)

Mornin, Oldtimer. Yeah, I guess I could have been talking about Hass/Russ, except Hasslebeck was ten times the QB Fitzpatrick was. We've suffered through some horrible QBs here, haven't we? Hasslebeck wasn't one of them. I'm still scarred from the Rick Mirer year(s).

April 27, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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Mornin, Oldtimer. Yeah, I guess I could have been talking about Hass/Russ, except Hasslebeck was ten times the QB Fitzpatrick was. We've suffered through some horrible QBs here, haven't we? Hasslebeck wasn't one of them. I'm still scarred from the Rick Mirer year(s).

LOL, yeah you're right!! Are you old enough to remember Dan McGwire (Mark's little brother)??? :-)

April 27, 2013  05:28 PM ET

The writer of the column didn't do his research. It seems that he is relying on Manuel's high completion rate to declare his accuracy as "good." In fact, his accuracy sucks! He had a ton of dump passes to backs in the FSU offense that ran the rate up. What's worse, he had some above average receivers who caught everything thrown their way - and since he had a habit of not putting the ball where they needed it they had problems gaining yardage after the catch. One scout declared that he has "area code accuracy," which is about the worst possible accuracy rating ( I suppose there's "continental accuracy," which would be even worse).

Quick: name the last FSU quarterback who made it in the NFL.

Buffalo really reached here - I guess that's what you get when you hire a college coach who wasn't even that great (25-25 at Syracuse - and he just got an NFL job? Seriously?). It's amazing that the Bills gave that much draft power to an unproven quantity such as a first year NFL coach - that's quite a leap of faith. His opinion on Manuel, which is vastly different from every report out there, most of which had Manual as the 6th best QB this year.

Of course, this is the franchise that felt Chan Gailey still knew how to coach in the NFL. Enjoy your extended playoff drought, Buffalo!

April 27, 2013  09:45 PM ET

Brad Johnson, as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton Manning. It's a team game.

April 27, 2013  09:46 PM ET
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Brad Johnson, as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton Manning. It's a team game.

Brother Eli more. Case closed.

April 28, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Eli was on better teams. As was Mark Rypien, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler, Doug Williams and Jim McMahon. You had no case.

April 28, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Eli was on better teams. As was Mark Rypien, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler, Doug Williams and Jim McMahon. You had no case.

It was your case.

Eli is not better than Peyton.

April 28, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Nor are any of the others.

 
April 28, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Wasn't that your point?

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