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Time for Manuel to Shine #bills #grudencamp #ej manuel

As ridiculous as it sounds for a preseason game to be labeled as a must win game, tonight’s #Bills game against the Buc’s is a critical one for 2nd year QB EJ Manuel. I have to admit that I was ecstatic when the Bills selected him 16th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Anyone who watched him on #Grudencamp (http://espn.go.com/blog/colleges/fsu/post/_/id/7577/gruden-qb-camp-ej-manuel) had to come away excited about the prospects of Manuel in the NFL. He has the size (6′-4″ 240lbs), but still looked quick and nimble in the pocket. He appeared to be a leader on the field and all reports indicated that Manuel was a very intelligent and hard working player.
Most Bills fans seemed willing to give Manuel a mulligan on his first season. Between getting hurt in the preseason, and then getting re-injured during the season, Manuel only ended up playing in 10 games in his rookie year. In those 10 games, Manuel did show flashes of what all the fans thought, hoped, they would see. Those flashes, along with one of the most intense marketing campaigns ever, had all Bills fans excited about the prospects for this season. EJ was finally healthy. EJ had a new stud WR in Watkins. EJ had a second offseason in the same offense. But EJ has not looked good in the first three preseason games… He has looked stiff, slow, indecisive, inaccurate, and most concerning is that he does not appear to have any chemistry with Sammy Watkins. I’m sure that the chemistry will come, but the accuracy issues and robot like movement in the pocket appear to be signs of a scared QB who is over thinking and who very well could be over coached.
EJ actually has what appears to be a strong supporting cast in Jackson, Spiller, Woods, Watkins, and Williams. His offensive line should come into form now that Cordy Glenn is back in the lineup and the defense should keep them in most games. EJ needs to stop gripping and start playing. Stop feeling the pressure and start having fun. But most important, EJ needs to start showing that he is a winner or all of us Bills fans will be lamenting not having a first round pick next year by our week 9 bye.

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Time for Manuel to Shine

As ridiculous as it sounds for a preseason game to be labeled as a must win game, tonight’s #Bills game against the Buc’s is a critical one for 2nd year QB EJ Manuel. I have to admit that I was ecstatic when the Bills selected him 16th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Anyone who watched him on #Grudencamp (http://espn.go.com/blog/colleges/fsu/post/_/id/7577/gruden-qb-camp-ej-manuel) had to come away excited about the prospects of Manuel in the NFL. He has the size (6′-4″ 240lbs), but still looked quick and nimble in the pocket. He appeared to be a leader on the field and all reports indicated that Manuel was a very intelligent and hard working player.
Most Bills fans seemed willing to give Manuel a mulligan on his first season. Between getting hurt in the preseason, and then getting re-injured during the season, Manuel only ended up playing in 10 games in his rookie year. In those 10 games, Manuel did show flashes of what all the fans thought, hoped, they would see. Those flashes, along with one of the most intense marketing campaigns ever, had all Bills fans excited about the prospects for this season. EJ was finally healthy. EJ had a new stud WR in Watkins. EJ had a second offseason in the same offense. But EJ has not looked good in the first three preseason games… He has looked stiff, slow, indecisive, inaccurate, and most concerning is that he does not appear to have any chemistry with Sammy Watkins. I’m sure that the chemistry will come, but the accuracy issues and robot like movement in the pocket appear to be signs of a scared QB who is over thinking and who very well could be over coached.
EJ actually has what appears to be a strong supporting cast in Jackson, Spiller, Woods, Watkins, and Williams. His offensive line should come into form now that Cordy Glenn is back in the lineup and the defense should keep them in most games. EJ needs to stop gripping and start playing. Stop feeling the pressure and start having fun. But most important, EJ needs to start showing that he is a winner or all of us Bills fans will be lamenting not having a first round pick next year by our week 9 bye.

Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel’s Finger Does Matter

At this point, you’re either morbidly curious or ready to yell at me. For those who don’t pay attention to sports, Johnny Manziel got his panties in a bunch last night when the Washington Redskins bench reminded him he wasn’t in college anymore. Manziel responded by giving them the finger over his shoulder.

Why does it matter? Because it’s the only thing he looked comfortable doing all night! Manziel finished the game 7-of-16 for 65 yards and shovel-pass TD. The supposedly nimble and agile Manziel was also dropped for three sacks.

I was listening to Robert Smith today on The Dan LeBatard Show this evening describe Manziel as exciting to watch…

 

He’s not any more exciting as when you go to your local carnival and they have that ‘Tent O’ Freaks’ and you waste your money to see a woman with a fake beard glued to her face. That’s where we are right now with ‘Johnny Football’.

Is he a starter? Hell, we’re not even sure if he’s an NFL quarterback at this point. If I’m Brian Hoyer and I get beat out by Manziel, I’m retiring. Straight up quitting. (In all honesty, Hoyer should probably consider it anyway)

So he tells the Redskins (Yes, I’m still using the word- wanna fight about it?) they’re number one and everyone loses their minds talking about maturity and leadership and blah-blah-freakin’-blah. That little stunt is the least of his and the Browns problems.

Through two preseason games, Pro Football Focus has him rated at -3.8 overall and -4.2 on pass plays. In case you’re wondering, after two preseason games last season, the unceremoniously expelled Brandon Weeden was +4.0 overall and passing. Go ahead, kids, use that noodle- that’s a 7.8-8.2 point swing in the wrong effing direction.

Media outlets were debating whether Browns head coach was making a mistake by splitting reps between the two QB’s. What the hell else is he supposed to do? Neither one has done a damn thing to separate themselves from the other. Manziel at least has an excuse- he’s a rookie. Hoyer should be able to outplay him at least in the preseason.

You really have to feel for Browns fans, because even when things are supposed to be looking up, they still fail.

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