EJ Manuel has grasped the playbook much easier than he did while at college.
New Buffalo BIlls Quarterback EJ Manuel has adjusted to life in the NFL quicker than expected.
The 23-year old was the only QB taken in the first round, and will compete for the starting role in Buffalo against Kevin Kolb.
It seems any struggles with the playbook will not be a factor in Manuel’s rookie year, as he told reporters that he finds it easier to understand than the one he had at college.
“The funny thing is it’s easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State,” he said on ESPN.com.
“It’s a true West Coast-type progression offense. That’s really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That’s it, it’s that simple. I love it.”
Head coach Doug Marrone is clearly trying to work Manuel slowly into the starting lineup, and may have given the rookie a watered down version of the playbook, as he will let the signal caller grow before stepping up the intensity of the offensive system.
While Manuel has the physical tools to be a top Quarterback in the league, his accuracy was called into question during the pre-draft scouting reports, and Marrone will look to limit the Manuel to short, high percentage throws early on, as he let’s the former Seminole settle into life in the NFL.