• Dominic Konareski

From QB1 To NFL Bust: The Career Of EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Quarterback out of Florida State was expected to be a big asset to the Bills’ organization, despite that he would be out of the NFL entirely after 2018. Manuel came into the 2013 NFL season as the Bills QB1 with Chris Hogan and Matt Cassel behind him.

Starting a total of 10 games after battling with a mid-season injury he would go 4-6 with a 58.8 completion percentage, throwing 11 touchdown passes to 9 interceptions in 2013. Going into 2014 the Buffalo Bills were looking for relevance in a league full of winning teams. In the week--- game against the Houston Texans one of Manuel's passes was intercepted and returned 80 yards for a touchdown. The next day, he was benched in favor of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton after starting the first four games of the 2014 season and bringing the Bills to a 2–2 record. Manuel finished the 2014 with 838 yards, 5 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. Orton would win 7 of the next 12 games, finishing the Bills 2014 season with a 9–7 record, the first time the Bills had posted a winning record since 2004. The next two seasons with Buffalo would see EJ Manuel get less and less playing time as his flaws showed more and more. Only starting in a total of three games in that two year span Manuel would go 0-3 with 3 TDs to 4 INTs.

After 2016 Manuel would leave Buffalo and go to the then Oakland Raiders for the 2017 season, via a one-year contract. During a week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, Raiders QB1 Derek Carr suffered an injury that would take him out for the remainder of the game, sending Manuel in. EJ Manuel would go 11 for 17 passing with an interception as the Raiders fell 16-10. Manuel would fill in for Carr over the next two games against the Ravens and against Patriots for the NFL Mexico City game. Both games would end in a loss and the Mexico City loss would make EJ Manuel the first quarterback in NFL history to lose in four different countries (United States, Canada, England and Mexico). Manuel would re-sign with the Raiders in 2018 only for him to be released by the organization on September 1st of the same year.

EJ Manuel would sign with the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2019 season, but would end up never playing a single snap as he announced his retirement before the 2019 preseason. EJ Manuel was marked as an NFL bust as the once highly rated college QB just couldn’t make it in the show.


EJ MANUEL’S CAREER STAT TOTALS (2013-2017)

30g, 18gs, 6-12-0, 58.1comp%, 20 TDs-16 INTs, 3,767yds



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