Manuel completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Ravens, adding 15 yards on two carries.
Manuel got off to a strong start and didn't commit any turnovers, but the Oakland defense couldn't hold up its end of the bargain, and an early Jared Cook fumble (returned for a touchdown) certainly didn't help. Derek Carr (back) hopes to be back for Week 6 against the Chargers as Oakland tries to avoid a 2-4 start to the season.
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.
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 by the time Sunday arrives. 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 will start Sunday's game versus the Ravens with Derek Carr (back) sidelined, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
On Sunday in Denver, Manuel entered in relief of Carr after the latter left the contest. Although Manuel's stat line looked fair enough -- 11-for-17 passing for 106 yards and one interception -- he led the Raiders offense to just three second-half points. Carr has since been diagnosed with a transverse fracture in his back, placing Manuel under center this weekend and potentially as long as 2-to-6 weeks.
Manuel will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Manuel had an upper hand on the backup quarterback duties throughout training camp, beating out second-year Connor Cook for the role behind starter Derek Carr. Manuel isn't slated to see the field unless Carr were to suffer an injury, though it should be noted he's earned the primary backup job out of the gate.
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