Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/22/13
Geno Smith and EJ Manuel sat together in the green room at Radio City Music Hall five months ago at the NFL Draft. Now they meet again on the field at MetLife Stadium. The first two quarterbacks taken in the 2013 draft are starting Sunday for the Jets and Bills respectively. Manuel was the only quarterback selected in the first round with Buffalo taking him with the 16th overall pick. Smith only could sit and watch that night in New York as Manuel was taken and he was left waiting. The Jets ended Smith’s wait the following day when they took him in the second round 39th overall. So who got the better quarterback? Both teams hope that question is debated for years to come as the two do battle in the AFC East. This is the first round. “I stood up I congratulated him and that was it. Like I said I was happy for him” Smith said this week about draft night. “I was happy for every single guy that got drafted. I’m past that now. I hate to talk about it because I’m focusing on what we have here which is a great opportunity [a] good team and we’ve got a tough matchup coming up on Sunday. We’ve been preparing for it and we’ll be ready.” Manuel and Smith both are 1-1 as starters with Manuel leading a comeback win against the Panthers last week while Smith came off a win in his first game with a three-interception letdown against the Patriots. Both defenses are salivating at the thought of facing a rookie QB. The Bills defense is led by former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine who will blitz Smith all day long. Rex Ryan is 5-1 against rookie quarterbacks as a head coach and he let his defense know this week they are going after Manuel.
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