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EJ uses off day to work on deep throws

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2013 – 9:06 am

Last week five of EJ Manuel’s deep sideline passes sailed out of bounds. The following Tuesday, typically an off day for players, Manuel was working at One Bills Drive to improve his accuracy on those throws.

Manuel was working with backup quarterback Jeff Tuel out on the field Tuesday in an effort to improve the consistency of his ball location.

“We worked on throwing the deep ball,” said Manuel. “Not only the deep ball, but just, if you’re getting blitzed like crazy and
just throwing the ball up, not necessarily throwing it out of bounds. Just give the guy an opportunity to catch it.”

“He was in here, and we both just kind of helped each other out,” Tuel told “He said, ‘Hey, I see this when you throw,’ and I said, ‘I’m seeing this when you throw.’  Just try to help each other out and do a little extra work.”

The rookie quarterbacks were not throwing to any receivers, but rather a net as the two aimed for the small targets sewn into the netting. Both of them know repetition is the only way to improve their long ball accuracy.

“Just by doing it, that’s all you can do,” said Tuel. “You throw it. You see what the result of the throw is and then tweak some things, whatever. You’ve just got to do it, and that’s exactly what we did. We did a ton of vertical reps just to try to improve.”

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