|Florida State QB EJ Manuel had an “awesome” meeting with new Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Monday. (US Presswire)|
Several years after being recruited by Chip Kelly out of high school, former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel relished the opportunity to re-unite with the former Oregon head coach Monday at the Senior Bowl.
Manuel met with the new Philadelphia Eagles' head coach and members of his staff for about 15 minutes Monday night in Mobile, Ala.
“It was awesome just to see him again,” Manuel said. “It wasn't like I had just met him. I've known him for five years and was really happy to see the success he had as a coach. I'm sure he'll do the same in the NFL.”
Manuel said Tuesday that he's well-equipped to run the read-option if he's selected by the Eagles in April's NFL Draft.
“I can do the read-option as far as making the read, throwing the bubble on the outside or doing the vertical game,” Manuel said. “We did a lot of that (in college). You have to have quick guys around you, and I did at Florida State.”
The Eagles have the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, as well as two picks in Round 2.
“You're talking about someone who had a lot of success in his conference and in his career,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “He's a really good kid. We're just starting the evaluation process and this is part of it at the Senior Bowl.”
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Manuel (6-foot-5, 237 pounds) said the Seminoles operated out of a no-huddle in about 70 percent of their games in 2012. He strived to get the ball snapped with roughly 14 seconds on the play clock to make adjustments at the line.
When asked why he didn't chose Oregon out of high school, Manuel quickly responded, “I wanted to, man, but it was far.”
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