Inside The Bills

EJ off to good start on completions

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2013 – 11:40 am

While there is no debating that a majority of EJ Manuel’s completions have been of the shorter variety, it doesn’t dismiss his ability to make good decisions in where he’s going with the ball. Those decisions have led to high percentage throws as evidenced by his completion percentage through the first two games this season.

Manuel has completed 68.2 percent of his passes in 2013 marking the third-best completion mark by a rookie quarterback in their first two games since 1970 (min. 40 attempts). Here’s the chart courtesy of Bills media relations.

Highest completion percentage, Rookie – 1st two games since 1970 merger.

Year Name Att Comp Pct.
2012 Robert Griffin III 55 39 70.9
1993 Rick Mirer 49 34 69.4
2013 EJ Manuel 66 45 68.2
2007 Trent Edwards 48 32 66.7
2011 Andy Dalton 56 37 66.1

Manuel is averaging 6.76 yards per attempt, which ranks 20th, but he also ranks 9th in passer rating with a mark of 95.9.

This week’s opposing quarterback Geno Smith ranks 22nd in yards per attempt with 6.44 yards per attempt. His passer rating however, is 32nd, due mainly to his three-interception game last week.

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