Inside The Bills

Co-captain explains why he has faith in EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 5:20 pm

Fred Jackson, who appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday, spent an hour on the air reviewing the season and discussing various aspects of the team and their performance in 2013. Obviously EJ Manuel was a subject of discussion, and Jackson provided some key insight into why he feels Manuel will be a much improved player in 2014.

“I’ve had an opportunity to sit in the quarterback meetings with him and Nate (Hackett) while they’re talking through the schemes that are going in and Nate will be talking to him about a coverage and what he’s thinking and right off the bat he knows what he’s supposed to be looking for if it’s cover-four, cover-three or cover-two, he knows where he’s supposed to go and where the reads are going to be,” said Jackson. “That’s tremendous for a rookie. Anytime you have a rookie that knows those types of things it’s going to make him better. His decision making with the ball is one of the things that helped us stay in games and put some points up.”

Jackson believes the offensive scheme was not fully unveiled because there was a rookie quarterback running it, but believes it will be expanded by coach Hackett in year two.

“I would think so,” he said. “EJ was a rookie so there were things we couldn’t put in or if it was too much they might’ve thought not to put it in. I definitely see them taking the shackles off if there were any. I don’t know what all the conversations were, but I’m sure with him being a rookie and defenses being a lot more exotic than what you see in college there was a lot of the offense that they left out. It’ll be fun to see what we do in OTAs and in minicamps and things like that because I think he’ll be a lot better.”

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