Manuel will start Sunday's game against the Ravens. Usual starter Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back last week, and he's inactive Sunday. Carr is targeting a Week 6 return to action, so this could be a one-week assignment for Manuel. He's a speculative fantasy play in Week 5, but working in his favor is that the Raiders will welcome starting wideout Michael Crabtree back to their lineup after he missed last Sunday's contest with a chest injury.
Manuel is still expected to start Sunday for the Raiders against the Ravens, even with Derek Carr (back) listed as questionable for that contest, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Despite Carr being reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a transverse process fracture in his back and practicing on a limited basis for the second day in a row Friday, Manuel still picked up all of the first-team reps during the session, suggesting he'll be under center Sunday. It appears that in a best-case scenario, Carr could be active as an emergency backup rather than the unpolished Connor Cook, but Manuel would likely only head to the bench for an injury rather than performance-related reasons. In his Raiders debut in relief of the injured Carr during the Week 4 loss to the Broncos, Manuel completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Manuel served as the No. 2 quarterback for the Raiders during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, completing three of nine pass attempts for 16 yards. Manuel appears to be leading the backup quarterback competition in Oakland, having entered the contest first behind starter Derek Carr on Saturday with Connor Cook last off the bench. Manuel's underwhelming performance didn't help his case, however, while Cook was more impressive while completing nine of 15 passes for 83 yards and a score. Even so, Manuel still looks poised to enter the season as the team's primary backup at the position, but Cook could make a late push given his solid recent showing.
Manuel's one-year deal with the Raiders is for $800,000, with none of the money guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The contract suggests Manuel may be released if he doesn't beat out 2016 fourth-round selection Connor Cook in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starting signal-caller Derek Carr (broken fibula) is believed to be on schedule or even slightly ahead in his rehab process.
Manuel signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Manuel's signing comes as no surprise after he was reportedly in talks with Oakland over the past few days. The former first-round pick has had a shaky career to this point and will figure to be the Raiders' backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, bumping last season's backup, Connor Cook, to the third-stringer slot. Don't expect to see much from Manuel this season unless Carr gets injured again.
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