Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/5/13
Between Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill, New England's defense last season had its hands full trying to defend rookie quarterbacks. They don't have to wait very long to see if that experience will pay off. The Patriots will once again be tested by a first-year signal caller Sunday when Buffalo's EJ Manuel makes his debut in the season opener. Facing a rookie, though, doesn't necessarily translate into greater opportunities for a defense. ''My eyes light up anytime I get to play and get the chance to hit the quarterback. It really don't matter who's in there,'' said defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who chased down his fair share of rookies during his first nine seasons in the league, all with Oakland. ''We've just got to do our job and stay in our lanes and try to collapse that pocket.'' While practicing and preparing for a rookie quarterback has become commonplace in New England, studying Manuel hasn't exactly been easy. The 16th overall pick out of Florida State co...
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