Found June 17, 2013 on Football Nation:
The Buffalo Bills shocked many NFL fans when they chose EJ Manuel as their first round pick when every other quarterback was still available.Many experts believed that head coach Doug Marrone would pick his quarterback for the past few seasons with Syracuse University, Ryan Nassib.So why pick Manuel?From OTAs, it looks like Marrone wants to incorporate a new fast-paced offense that will tire out and confuse defenses across the league.He may have felt that EJ Manuel would be a quarterback who was better built for this offensive scheme than the other draft options. That being said, if Marrone picked a player who obviously was going to be available later in the draft but really wanted to make sure he got him early, you know he has plans for EJ Manuel.EJ Manuel will be successful this season and I recommend fantasy football owners consider keeping him on their bench and not on the free agent market in your league. I'll break down the pros and cons for you below.Pros:Many receiversEv...
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