It’s EJ Manuel Time.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan declared Tyrod Taylor inactive for Week 7 as he had pain in his knee stepping into his throws in practice. This decision was much to the chagrin of Rex but head office is probably happy – Manuel is their QB of choice. GM Doug Whaley continues to be a Manuel supporter.
Last week we watched Manuel look less than stellar in the 34-21 loss to Bengals. He completed 28 of 42 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
So far today’s game in London, England against the Jaguars has *not* been going Manuel’s way. He has already thrown two interceptions in the first half- against the Jags. The first interception happened as he was hit but the second was inaccuracy.
Inaccuracy is Manuel’s biggest problem. During training camp he threw one ball into the hospitality tent, a second into a cameraman.
This is his third season in the NFL and as must as he insists that he has grown as a quarterback we have yet to see improvements.
It’s fitting that as he bombs out the first quarter against the Jaguars his old coach Doug Marrone watches from the opposite sideline.
Perhaps Manuel will relax and become the ‘supreme confident’ man that his team has described him as in the second half. Or maybe he will continue to prove that the “quarterback controversy” in Buffalo is complete and utter garbage.