Don't Give Up On EJ Manuel Just Yet (At Least Not Before Reading This)

For now, whether you like it or not, EJ Manuel is the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback. Until GM Doug Whaley and new head coach Rex Ryan can fully explore the trade and free agent quarterback market (and possibly even after) Manuel remains the best option for the Bills at the most important position within the game.

Manuel was benched this year in favor of veteran journeyman Kyle Orton, the result of which being hundreds of fans officially throwing in the towel on the young quarterback. However, it seems they may have given up prematurely. Below is Manuel’s stat-line through his 14 NFL starts in his career thus far. Alongside Manuel’s statistics are those of Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning and Tom Brady through each of their first 14 career starts, respectively. The differences are surprisingly minimal.


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EJ Manuel

58.58 completion percentage

2810 yards

16 TD

12 INT


Drew Brees

61.10 completion percentage

2710 yards

12 TD

15 INT


Joe Flacco

59.25 completion percentage

3076 yards

19 TD

14 INT


Eli Manning

50.12 completion percentage

2537 yards

19 TD

14 INT


Tom Brady

64.27 completion percentage

2797 yards

18 TD

12 INT


Through their first 14 career starts, Manuel has thrown fewer interceptions than Brees, Flacco and Manning, and has thrown for more yards than Brees, Manning and Brady.

Obviously there is no proof or sane argument that shows that Manuel is of the same caliber as Brees, Flacco, Manning and Brady. However, this proof certainly can help argue that it isn’t time to give up just yet.

The above group has a combined seven Super Bowl rings.