EJ Manuel is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback for the Raiders this season behind Derek Carr and Connor Cook. He spent the first four years of his career in Buffalo after he was the No. 16 overall pick in the first round from Florida State. He never lived up to his draft value, and the Bills eventually replaced him with Tyrod Taylor. It's doubtful Manuel will play much this season and should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Manuel has been getting second-team reps over Connor Cook, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports. While Cook is still getting second-team reps as well, this is a positive development for Manuel. The former Bills starter will likely need to win the backup job in order to remain on the 53-man roster come Week 1.
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.
Manuel is likely to sign with the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The ex-Bill hit free agency after his rookie contract ran out this offseason. He had an overall shaky tenure with the Bills as a former first-round selection and ultimately became a full-time backup to Tyrod Taylor in 2015. Manuel has a career 58.3 completion percentage to go with 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a 6.4 YPA. Provided that negotiations with the Raiders don't hit a snag, he figures to slot in as Derek Carr's backup over second-year signal caller Connor Cook.
Manuel completed just nine of 20 pass attempts for 86 yards and gained eight yards on two carries during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Jets. The coaching staff expressed a desire to see Manuel play a complete game, but his poor performance resulted in Cardale Jones entering the fray to get some reps of his own. Manuel contributed in just four games on the season and his inability to move the ball against what has been a wretched Jets defense does not bode well for his chances of remaining in Buffalo after his current contract expires in the offseason.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||New York Jets||22||20.88|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||16||19.50|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||9||18.47|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||12||18.84|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||2||15.71|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||9||18.47|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||16||19.50|
|3 Year Avg||57.5||510||3||2||46||1||46|