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EJ knows connecting downfield a must

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2013 – 11:51 am

EJ Manuel didn’t shirk any responsibility in the wake of the loss to the Jets. He knows he misfired a handful of times on his downfield throws with passes often carrying out of bounds. That prevented his receivers from even making a play on the ball.

“I’ve just got to get better at that,” said Manuel. “Can’t say that it’s a footwork thing, just got to throw the ball inbounds and give them a chance.”

Head coach Doug Marrone agreed saying his rookie quarterback has to at least give his receivers an opportunity to make a play.

“Any time any quarterback, not just a young quarterback or an old quarterback, any time you’re not giving yourself an opportunity, it hurts.  There’s a difference in your question—hey, if he’s rolling out and no one’s open, do you want him to throw the ball out of bounds. That’s fine,” said Marrone. “But when you’re taking a shot down the field, and the ball’s not in play, one thing I’ve realized my whole entire life is that no one’s ever been able to beat the sideline.  No one’s ever been able to beat it.  We want to make sure we’re giving our players an opportunity to make those plays. Am I sitting here disappointed? Absolutely.

“But I can tell you this—EJ Manuel is disappointed, too. And those are the things we will work on to correct.”

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