E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
2 months ago

Manuel completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Ravens, adding 15 yards on two carries.

EDGE Analysis

Manuel got off to a strong start and didn't commit any turnovers, but the Oakland defense couldn't hold up its end of the bargain, and an early Jared Cook fumble (returned for a touchdown) certainly didn't help. Derek Carr (back) hopes to be back for Week 6 against the Chargers as Oakland tries to avoid a 2-4 start to the season.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
2 months ago

Manuel will start Sunday's game against the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Usual starter Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back last week, and he's inactive Sunday. Carr is targeting a Week 6 return to action, so this could be a one-week assignment for Manuel. He's a speculative fantasy play in Week 5, but working in his favor is that the Raiders will welcome starting wideout Michael Crabtree back to their lineup after he missed last Sunday's contest with a chest injury.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
2 months ago

Manuel is still expected to start Sunday for the Raiders against the Ravens, even with Derek Carr (back) listed as questionable for that contest, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite Carr being reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a transverse process fracture in his back and practicing on a limited basis for the second day in a row Friday, Manuel still picked up all of the first-team reps during the session, suggesting he'll be under center by the time Sunday arrives. It appears that in a best-case scenario, Carr could be active as an emergency backup rather than the unpolished Connor Cook, but Manuel would likely only head to the bench for an injury rather than performance-related reasons. In his Raiders debut in relief of the injured Carr during the Week 4 loss to the Broncos, Manuel completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
2 months ago

Manuel will start Sunday's game versus the Ravens with Derek Carr (back) sidelined, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

On Sunday in Denver, Manuel entered in relief of Carr after the latter left the contest. Although Manuel's stat line looked fair enough -- 11-for-17 passing for 106 yards and one interception -- he led the Raiders offense to just three second-half points. Carr has since been diagnosed with a transverse fracture in his back, placing Manuel under center this weekend and potentially as long as 2-to-6 weeks.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
3 months ago

Manuel will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Manuel had an upper hand on the backup quarterback duties throughout training camp, beating out second-year Connor Cook for the role behind starter Derek Carr. Manuel isn't slated to see the field unless Carr were to suffer an injury, though it should be noted he's earned the primary backup job out of the gate.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
4 months ago

Manuel served as the No. 2 quarterback for the Raiders during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, completing 3-of-9 pass attempts for 16 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Manuel appears to be leading the backup quarterback competition in Oakland, having worked as the No. 2 quarterback behind Derek Carr on Saturday with Connor Cook last off the bench. Manuel's underwhelming performance didn't help his case, however, while Cook completed 9-of-15 passes for 83 yards and a score. Manuel figures to remain serving as the Raiders' primary backup at QB, but Cook could make a late push given his solid recent showing.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
6 months ago

Manuel has been getting second-team reps over Connor Cook, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Cook is still getting second-team reps as well, this is a positive development for Manuel. The former Bills starter will likely need to win the backup job in order to remain on the 53-man roster come Week 1.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
9 months ago1 Comment

Manuel's one-year deal with the Raiders is for $800,000, with none of the money guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

The contract suggests Manuel may be released if he doesn't beat out 2016 fourth-round selection Connor Cook in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starting signal-caller Derek Carr (broken fibula) is believed to be on schedule or even slightly ahead in his rehab process.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
9 months ago

Manuel signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manuel's signing comes as no surprise after he was reportedly in talks with Oakland over the past few days. The former first-round pick has had a shaky career to this point and will figure to be the Raiders backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, bumping last seasons backup, Connor Cook, to the third-stringer slot. Don't expect to see much from Manuel this season unless Carr gets injured again.

E.J. Manuel
QB OAK (10)
9 months ago

Manuel is likely to sign with the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

The ex-Bill hit free agency after his rookie contract ran out this offseason. He had an overall shaky tenure with the Bills as a former first-round selection and ultimately became a full-time backup to Tyrod Taylor in 2015. Manuel has a career 58.3 completion percentage to go with 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a 6.4 YPA. Provided that negotiations with the Rams don't hit a snag, he figures to slot in as Derek Carr's backup over second-year signal caller Connor Cook.