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Marrone: EJ will be smarter with his legs

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2013 – 9:20 am

EJ Manuel has twice suffered knee injuries on scramble plays this season. The first in the team’s second preseason game against Minnesota. The second in Week 5 against Cleveland. After missing the better part of six weeks of practice and four regular season games, head coach Doug Marrone is convinced that Manuel will be a smart and more judicious scrambler.

“What you have is a young player that’s still learning and what you’ll see the next time, is someone who’s going to be a lot smarter and making the right decisions on when to go down and when to go out of bounds without jeopardizing the
win.  I think that’s what it is. It’s very difficult.  Just like when it happened, and everyone was trying to say do you teach the quarterback—obviously we teach him.  What I was trying to express at that time  was that these players are so competitive and there’s a fine line between being very, very competitive and then for someone in that position just to be smart.  I think he’ll be better—he’d better be better.  And I do feel confident in that, I really do.

“When people talk about experience, we hope the experiences that he’s gone through now will help him going forward to be smart when he runs the football.”


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