EJ Manuel

Erik Rodriguez "EJ" Manuel Jr.[1] (born March 19, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Drafted by the Bills to be their franchise quarterback, Manuel suffered several injuries and saw his on-the-field performance struggle. After starting 10 games in his rookie year and throwing for 1,972 yards and 11 touchdowns, Manuel made just a combined seven starts and threw eight touchdowns over the next three seasons, sitting behind Kyle Orton and Tyrod Taylor on the depth chart. After starting just one game in his fourth season, Manuel was released by the Bills. He then spent one season with the Oakland Raiders and sat out the 2018 season before signing with Kansas City in 2019.

EJ Manuel
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Manuel with the Buffalo Bills in 2016
No. 5 – Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Born:March 19, 1990 (age 29)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Bayside
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Pass completions:343
Pass attempts:590
Passing yards:3,767
Passer rating:77.1
Rushing touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

EJ Manuel and father Eric
Manuel with his father, Eric, in 2013

Manuel was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on March 19, 1990. He attended Bayside High School Virginia Beach, where he played for the Bayside Marlins high school football team.[2] In 2004, as a freshman, he started at quarterback and threw for 589 yards and seven touchdowns, as well as rushing for 219 yards and one touchdown. As a sophomore, he recorded 1,332 passing yards and eight touchdowns as well as 276 rushing yards and six touchdowns. As a junior, Manuel threw for 1,973 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 345 yards and five touchdowns. In 2007, as a senior, Manuel passed for 1,859 yards, 18 touchdowns while also rushing for 541 yards.[3] He was considered a five-star recruit by Scout,[4] a four star recruit by Rivals[5] and both sites, as well as Sports Illustrated,[6] listed him the second-best quarterback. He was an All-American quarterback in high school.

College career

Manuel enrolled in Florida State University, where he played for coach Bobby Bowden and coach Jimbo Fisher's Florida State Seminoles football teams from 2008 to 2012.[7] While he was a student, he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.[8] Manuel became the second collegiate quarterback to win four straight bowl games, the first being Pat White of West Virginia (2005-2008).

Freshman season

Manuel took over for an injured Christian Ponder as the 4-5 Seminoles were in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time since Bobby Bowden took over the program. His first start was an away game against Wake Forest. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 220 yards with one touchdown, leading the Seminoles to a 41-28 win over Wake Forest, who at the time had won three games in a row against Florida State.[9] Manuel struggled in his second game against Maryland but still managed to pull out a much needed win making FSU bowl-eligible.[10] Manuel's struggles continued against the dominating Florida Gators, and the mobile quarterback was not able to get into a rhythm as Florida State lost, 37-10.[11]

Florida State entered the Gator Bowl 6-6 and in serious danger of letting legendary coach Bobby Bowden leave with a losing record. Manuel led Florida State to a 33-21 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers and won the Gator Bowl MVP honors.[12][13]

Sophomore season

Manuel started twice in the 2010 season in relief of Christian Ponder, who battled a nagging forearm injury. In his first start against Clemson, he picked up 71 yards on 15 carries.[14] He also led the Seminoles to a victory in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina in relief of Christian Ponder, who was injured in the second quarter of the game.[15]

Junior season

In the 2011 season, Manuel played in every game besides the loss at Clemson after injuring his shoulder in a loss against Oklahoma the previous week.[16] He finished the season with 2,666 yards passing on a 65% completion rate. He also finished with 18 passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns, and eight interceptions.[17] He helped lead the Seminoles to a comeback win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl by throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns.[18]

Senior season

In the 2012 season, Manuel led the Seminoles to numerous wins over ACC rivals, an ACC Championship, and an Orange Bowl win against Northern Illinois for a 12-2 record in his senior season.[19]

EJ Manuel
Manuel in 2013

Collegiate legacy

Manuel led the Seminoles to a 12-win season for just the third time in program history[20] and the first time since their dominant stretch in the 1990s. During his senior season, he threw for the second most yards in team history with 3,392, trailing only Chris Weinke's Heisman Trophy winning season, in which Weinke threw for 4,167 yards.[21] Manuel went 25-6 as a starter, won the first BCS bowl for Florida State since 2000, won five out of six games against intrastate rivals Miami and Florida,[20] and he led the offense to its most prolific season in team history, cleanly surpassing the 1999 National Championship squad with 6,591 yards.[22]

College statistics

Passing Rushing
Year Comp Att Yards Pct. TDs Int Rating Att Yds Avg TD
2009 69 106 817 65.1 2 6 124.7 44 196 4.5 2
2010 65 93 861 69.9 4 4 153.3 41 170 4.1 1
2011 203 311 2,666 65.3 18 8 151.2 110 151 1.4 4
2012 263 387 3,392 68.0 23 10 156.0 103 310 3.0 4
Total 600 897 7,736 66.9 47 28 150.4 298 827 2.8 11

Professional career

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks projected him as a top five quarterback heading into the 2013 Draft and compared him to Josh Freeman.[23] While Manuel possesses the blue-chip physical characteristics, work ethic, and leadership qualities necessary to be successful at the NFL level, he was faulted for somewhat inconsistent play at times during his college career.[23]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 4 58 in
(1.95 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
10 38 in
(0.26 m)
4.65 s 1.64 s 2.60 s 4.21 s 7.08 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
All values from NFL Combine[24]

Buffalo Bills

Manuel was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.[25] He was the only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft, a draft that was seen as especially thin at quarterback (the Bills, who originally drafted eighth and had a great need for a quarterback, even traded down to obtain more picks); he was drafted ahead of Matt Barkley and Geno Smith, as well as Ryan Nassib, who had played under Bills head coach Doug Marrone when Marrone coached the Syracuse Orange.[26]

2013 season: Rookie year

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Manuel passing against the Patriots in 2013

On June 14, 2013, Manuel signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[27] The deal is worth a fully guaranteed $8.88 million, including a signing bonus of $4.85 million evenly spaced out annually ($1.2 million) over the next four years. His salary in 2013 was $1.6 million, $2.0 million in 2014, $2.4 million in 2015, and $2.8 million in 2016.[28]

Manuel made his NFL debut on August 11, 2013, during the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts, completing 16-of-21 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.[29] He underwent an operation on his knee to remove fluid buildup after the second game of the preseason and it was unsure if he would be ready to start the season-opener.[30] On September 4, 2013, head coach Doug Marrone announced at the team meeting that Manuel was confirmed to be the starter for Week 1. In the season opener, Manuel completed his first NFL touchdown to fellow rookie Robert Woods, on an 18-yard completion.[31] On September 15, Manuel engineered his first fourth-quarter comeback, with a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown march to bring his team from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter with seconds left in the game. The Buffalo Bills went on to win in a Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-23.[32] Manuel was voted the "Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Week" for his performance.[33]

On October 3, 2013, during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns, Manuel sprained his right lateral collateral ligament, causing him to miss the next five weeks of his rookie season.[34] Manuel had an up and down first year, but was given a vote of confidence by coach Doug Marrone as he was announced as the starting quarterback for the 2014 season.[35][36] In 10 games of his rookie year in 2013, Manuel had 1,972 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. In addition, he rushed for 186 yards with two rushing touchdowns.

2014 season

EJ Manuel 2014
Manuel in 2014

On September 28, 2014, in a game against the Houston Texans, one of Manuel's passes was intercepted by All-Pro defensive end J. J. Watt and returned 80 yards for a touchdown.[37] 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.[38] Manuel finished the 2014 with 838 yards, 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and a career-high passer rating of 80.3. Orton would win seven 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.[39]

2015 season

After posting the franchise's first winning record in a decade, Orton retired and Marrone opted out of the rest of his contract. The Bills then hired former division rival Rex Ryan as head coach. Manuel competed with free agent acquisition Tyrod Taylor and trade acquisition Matt Cassel for the starting quarterback job.[40] During mini-camp, Manuel struggled to compete for the starting job and was listed as the third-string quarterback on the depth chart. Manuel performed well in the third preseason game, completing nearly all of his passes, showing improved accuracy. On August 31, 2015, coach Rex Ryan announced that Manuel and Cassel had lost the starting job to Taylor.

Manuel made his first start in over a year in Week 6 against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor, who suffered an MCL injury the previous week.[41] On the first drive of the game for the Bills against the Bengals, he led the Bills 80 yards down the field for a touchdown. Manuel finished 28-42 for 263 passing yards, a passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and an interception in the 34-21 loss.[42]

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 25 in London, Manuel threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns but had three costly turnovers, two of which were returned directly for scores in the second quarter. He rallied the Bills from 24 points down to take the lead in the fourth quarter. However, Jacksonville regained the lead with a Blake Bortles touchdown pass to wide receiver Allen Hurns, sealing the win 34-31 as the Bills were unable to respond.[43][44] With the loss, Manuel became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose a game in three countries (United States, Canada, and England).[45]

2016 season

EJ Manuel 2016
Manuel handing the ball off in 2016

On May 2, 2016, it was announced that the Bills declined to exercise Manuel's fifth-year option for the 2017 season.[46] He would see spot duty through the first part of the 2016 season, usually as parts of trick plays. With the Bills being out of playoff contention, Manuel started the final game of the regular season due to Tyrod Taylor being inactive. Manuel completed 9 of 20 passes for 86 yards before being benched for rookie quarterback Cardale Jones to start the fourth quarter.[47]

Oakland Raiders

2017 season

EJ Manuel 2017
Manuel with the Raiders in 2017

On March 20, 2017, Manuel signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.[48] During Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, Derek Carr suffered a back injury in the third quarter and was relieved by Manuel, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards and an interception as the Raiders lost by a score of 16–10.[49] Due to Carr's injury, Manuel started the Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens, completing 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown as the Raiders lost by a score of 30–17.[50] With the Raiders' loss to the New England Patriots on November 19 in Mexico City, Manuel became the first quarterback in NFL history to be on a team that would lose a game in four different countries (United States, Canada, England, and Mexico).

2018 season

On March 22, 2018, Manuel re-signed with the Raiders.[51] On September 1, 2018, he was released after the Raiders traded for AJ McCarron.[52]

Kansas City Chiefs

On February 22, 2019, Manuel was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.[53]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Yds TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
2013 BUF 10 10 180 306 1,972 11 9 77.7 53 186 3.5 2
2014 BUF 5 4 76 131 838 5 3 80.3 16 52 3.3 1
2015 BUF 7 2 52 84 561 3 3 78.5 15 59 3.9 1
2016 BUF 6 1 11 26 131 0 0 58.3 8 22 2.8 0
2017 OAK 2 1 24 43 265 1 1 72.3 2 15 7.5 0
Total 30 18 343 590 3,767 20 16 77.5 96 339 3.5 4

NFL records

Bills franchise records

  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback: 11
  • Most completions by a rookie quarterback: 180
  • Highest completion percentage by a rookie quarterback: 58.8
  • Best rookie quarterback rating, minimum 7 appearances: 77.7


Personal stock offering

It was reported that Manuel would be offering stock in his future earnings via a venture with Fantex, Inc. as part of a new financial instrument being sold by Fantex. He planned to offer a 10% share of all future earnings from his brand to Fantex, which would then turn around and divide it into shares of a publicly traded tracking stock.[55]

In July 2014, the Manuel/Fantex stock offering was completed. 523,700 shares were sold, valued at $10 per share.[55]


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2011 Florida State Seminoles football team

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2012 Florida State Seminoles football team

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During the 2012 season, Florida State won its first ACC title since 2005, advancing to their first BCS bowl since that season as well, and won ten regular season games for the first time since the 2003 season. The Seminoles also won their first BCS game since the 2000 Sugar Bowl. The team also tied the school record for most games won in a single season set during that same season and also finished in the top ten of both major polls for the first time since the 2000 season.

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2013 Orange Bowl

The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game was organized by the Orange Bowl committee. The Orange Bowl featured ACC champions Florida State versus at-large selection and MAC champions Northern Illinois. The game was part of the 2012–2013 Bowl Championship Series and was the second of the series to be played, following the 2013 Rose Bowl. Florida State won the game by a score of 31–10.The Florida State Seminoles clinched a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl by winning the 2012 ACC Championship. The Northern Illinois Huskies became the first MAC team to earn a BCS berth by being the 15th ranked team in the nation. A school from a BCS non-automatic qualifying conference earns a bid if in the top sixteen and ranked ahead of a champion from an automatic qualifying conference. The Huskies, winners of the 2012 MAC Championship Game, became the first team from the MAC to make a BCS bowl.

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The Bills began their season with an open competition for the starting quarterback position after Kyle Orton, the starter for most of the 2014 campaign, retired during the offseason, so the team acquired free agent Tyrod Taylor, a former backup quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, who won the competition over incumbent second-string quarterback EJ Manuel and trade acquisition Matt Cassel, the latter of whom the team later traded along with a seventh-round pick in 2017 to the Dallas Cowboys, in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

Despite Ryan's bold prediction of the Bills making the playoffs at his introductory press conference, the Bills were unable to do so in their first season with Ryan as head coach, finishing with a record of 8-8 (the team’s first since 2002), making it the 16th straight season without a playoff appearance, which became the longest active in major professional sports after Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays broke their 22-year playoff drought on September 25, 2015.

2017 Oakland Raiders season

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The Raiders began the season on September 10 at the Tennessee Titans and finished the season December 31 at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders, as they did in 2016, played one home game in Mexico City, this time against the New England Patriots. Although the league approved the Raiders' eventual relocation to Las Vegas on March 27, 2017, the team still maintained its lease at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum and intended to use the stadium for at least the 2017 and 2018 seasons and, likely, the 2019 season.After a 12–4 record the prior season that saw the Raiders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Raiders finished the season 6–10, having the biggest drop in number of wins since 2003. They finished in third place in the AFC West and failed to qualify for the playoffs. The season also marked a return to a double-digit loss record for the first time since 2014.

The offense struggled under first year offensive coordinator Todd Downing, ranking 17th (tied with Denver) in yardage rankings, 25th in rushing yards, and 23rd in points. The defense also struggled under Ken Norton Jr., having no interceptions under Norton. Norton was fired on November 21, 2017. However, the defense showed some improvement under Norton's replacement, John Pagano.The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio on December 31, 2017, following the final game of the season and a four-game losing streak.

Bruce Mathison

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Daryle Lamonica

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Florida State Seminoles football statistical leaders

The Florida State Seminoles football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Florida State Seminoles football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Seminoles represent Florida State University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Florida State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1947. This relatively recent start date means that, unlike many other teams, the Seminoles do not divide statistics into a "modern" era and a "pre-modern" era in which complete statistics are unavailable. Thus, all of the lists below potentially include players from as far back as 1947.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1947, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Seminoles have played in a bowl game every year since the decision, giving players an extra game to accumulate statistics each year since 2002.

Similarly, the Seminoles have played in the ACC Championship Game five times since it first occurred in 2005, giving players in those seasons an additional game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

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George Hunter Enis (born December 10, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former American collegiate and Professional Football quarterback who played for three seasons in the American Football League. He played for the Dallas Texans in 1960, the San Diego Chargers in 1961, and the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos in 1962. He played college football at Texas Christian University, and currently serves on their Board of Trustees.

Jeff Tuel

Jeffrey Victor Tuel (born February 12, 1991) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for Washington State. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and spent most of 2013 and 2014 as the Bills' third-string quarterback. He was also a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

List of Buffalo Bills starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. The Bills are a professional American football franchise based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. The team competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The quarterbacks are listed in order of the date of each player's first start for the team at that position.

List of Oakland Raiders starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the team.

Mike Rae

Michael John Rae (born July 26, 1951) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League.

Tom Flores

Thomas Raymond Flores (born March 21, 1937) is a Mexican-American former professional football coach and player.

He and Mike Ditka are the only two people in National Football League history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach (Super Bowl IV as a player for the Chiefs, Super Bowl XI as an assistant coach of the Raiders, and Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII as head coach of the Raiders). Flores was also the first Hispanic starting quarterback and the first minority head coach in professional football history to win a Super Bowl.Until his dismissal in 2018, Flores served as radio announcer for the Raiders Radio Network.

Warren Rabb

Samuel Warren Rabb (born December 12, 1937) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) and the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League (AFL). He was selected in the second round of the 1960 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University (LSU). He completed his professional football career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1963.

He was the quarterback of the national championship winning 1958 LSU Tigers football team. He was named to the 1958 All-SEC football team by the Associated Press.

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