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Whaley: Need 16 games for baseline on EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2013 – 1:05 pm

There really wasn’t any doubt that EJ Manuel is this team’s starting quarterback moving forward into 2014, but head coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley were asked about it specifically in their season-ending press conference Monday. Whaley was also asked how long it takes before a personnel evaluator definitively determines that a quarterback prospect has what it takes to be successful on a consistent basis in the NFL.

“I think you have to go case by case basis,” Whaley said. “You would like to have a guy at least have 16 games under his belt, and one year of continuity with receivers and practice time to get a baseline. That’s going to be tough to do with EJ right now. I can’t give you a specific timeline, but I think you know when you know.

“It’s hard to put in words, but after so many games, you get a feeling, alright this guy’s got it, or this guy needs some more time in development, or this guy doesn’t have it. That’s one thing that I have full confidence in the coaching staff that we’ll get every resource we have available to EJ to be successful.”

Manuel only made 10 starts this season due to a pair of knee injuries in 2013.


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