Jan 1, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel (3) checks off at the line of scrimmage early in the first quarter of the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at the 2013 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Sport Science: E.J. Manuel


In the beginning of April, ESPN’s Sport Science brought in, former Florida State and, now, current Buffalo Bills quarterback, E.J. Manuel for a few tests in regards to his speed in finding an open receiver, release of the ball, and overall accuracy.  The quarterback tested surprising well, which helps to erase a little of the doubt I face in terms of him being the top quarterback within this year’s draft.  As seen in the video below, the speed at which he releases the football tops the 2013 rookie quarterback list, and his accuracy set Sport Science field test records.

None of this, of course, factored in his newest challenge: assuming when Stevie Johnson will give up during each of his routes.


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  • NWBill

    Stevie Johnson doesn’t “give up” on his routes; he has a unique way of running them that is very instinctual and reactive to what the defense is doing – a QB has to get well-versed at throwing to an AREA, instead of a SPOT, with Johnson; how he gets to that area/spot will depend on what moves he employs during the play …. which will vary from play to play. This ISN’T a negative; it’s what’s made him one of the craftiest WRs in the league. EJ Manuel should be able to handle this well, with his high accuracy and speed of release assets. Ryan Fitzpatrick handled it very well; there’s no reason why Manuel, with his stronger arm and quicker release, shouldn’t be able to handle it, too.

  • chas territo

    these guys have no clue. thet are only men with jobs as reporters. no creds to comment as knowledgeable. manuel, (sport science vid.) is the best this year. 1st game starter? i can’t say,but by the 3rd or 4th game he will start! play offs a very strong possibility! mark it!! split with the patricias, 2 against the dullfins and, oh yeah, blank the jests! mark it!! GO BILLS!!