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Bills check QB E.J. Manuel’s footwork

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 12, 2013 – 10:00 pm

The Bills have gone the extra mile in the last few weeks to try to identify the best quarterback for them in the April 25th NFL draft. They’ve had nine of them in Orchard Park for pre-draft visits, and they’ve had private on-field workouts with several of them.

And when they got together with Florida State QB E.J. Manuel in late March for a private workout, they seemed especially interested in his footwork.

Manuel talked about the workout in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Friday night.

“The workout was great,” he said. ” A lot of the Bills top officials came out, and that was awesome. We had dinner the night before and the next day we had the workout. Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett put me through a great workout. I was able to show a lot of what I could do moving forward into the NFL, and I think they were very pleased.”

Manuel said the Bills seemed especially interested in how nimble he is in the pocket. He says they asked him to move around a bit more than he became used to, in his Florida State career.

“I think the biggest thing they wanted to see was my footwork,” he told host John Murphy. “Every offense is different as far as how you drop, and the type of drops you’ll take.”

“In the offense that Coach Hackett is running, he wants the quarterback to move up in the pocket. At Florida State, we would drop back and try to stay stationary, try to stay in one spot. Obviously, if you get have no pass rush, you can move left, move right, move up, move back. In Coach Hackett’s offense, he always wants your progressions to be moving forward in the pocket. And that was something new , but I picked it up fairly quickly.”

Manuel is projected as a first or second rounder in most mock drafts.

The entire interview with E.J. Manuel is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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