It would not be a surprise if the
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"He played last year and really didn't practice that much," Marrone said at the NFL combine. "If you think about all the players that played in the league, he probably practiced the least and played.
"For us, the priority, just like all the players, is to make sure that we keep him healthy. It's important for us, important for his development."
Marrone added he's excited about Manuel's potential "because when he was in there, with the lack of time that we had, there were things that he did very well."
Manuel accounted for 13 touchdowns and 12 turnovers in his rookie year.
Manuel missed six games due to ligament sprains in both knees after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during preseason. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the season and plans to wear a brace in 2014.
Manuel lost six games to injury in an inconsistent rookie season. He completed 180 of 306 passes for 1,972 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
To keep the down and distance manageable for rookie quarterback
“Our passing game was not where we wanted it to be, but as we get going and we continue with the running game and build our passing game with the play-action, we would like to be able to take more shots, throw it more on first down and become more productive from the standpoint of scoring,” Marrone told the team's website. “Make no mistake you have to have a better ratio than what we had.”
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