Manuel was released by the Raiders on Saturday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The Raiders also got rid of Connor Cook, leaving Saturday trade acquisition AJ McCarron as the only quarterback behind Derek Carr. It's an odd decision to make just nine days ahead of the season opener, especially given that McCarron may not even be an upgrade on Manuel/Cook.
Manuel appears to have beat out Connor Cook for the backup quarterback job, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Manuel completed 18 of 22 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's 30-19 preseason win over Seattle, after Cook suffered through a 6-for-15 meltdown the previous week against Green Bay. Cook stuck around as the third-string quarterback the past two seasons, but Oakland may go with just two QBs this time around.
Manuel completed four of six pass attempts for 46 yards and rushed for five yards on three carries during Friday's preseason win over the Lions.
Manuel was overshadowed by fellow backup Connor Cook, who completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 141 yards and a score as three of his five drives at the helm led to points. Cook subsequently earned second-team reps in Monday's practice, but Manuel eventually took Cook's place as the latter struggled with errant throws and a muffed snap in the red zone following his impressive performance Friday. Manuel and Cook will continue to battle for the primary backup spot behind starter Derek Carr heading into Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, but Manuel has experience on his side.
After an injury-plagued four seasons with the Bills, Manuel arrived in Oakland last offseason to serve as Derek Carr's backup. Forced into action in Weeks 4 and 5 when Carr was sidelined due to transverse process fractures in his back, Manuel competed 24 of 43 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The presences of holdover Connor Cook and offseason addition Josh Jackson provides competition for the No. 2 job, but Manuel should have a leg up as the most experienced hand behind Carr.
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