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The pros of having Manuel as Taylor’s backup

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2015 – 9:26 pm

In the wake of the Bills trade of Matt Cassel to Dallas, EJ Manuel becomes the permanent backup to starter Tyrod Taylor. Here are a couple of reasons why having Manuel as a backup to Taylor is a good thing.

1 – Scheme fit – EJ Manuel’s physical skill set runs far more parallel to Tyrod Taylor’s than Matt Cassel’s did. So although Cassel possessed the value of experience, had he been called into action for an injured Taylor during his time in Buffalo, the shift in offensive approach with Cassel in the lineup likely would’ve represented a dramatic change. There would be no read option and the number of deep shots down the field might be reduced. With Manuel now as the backup none of those elements of Buffalo’s offense goes away. 

2 – Development – As the third quarterback on the depth chart, opportunities for Manuel to truly advance and develop his game were limited to running the scout team each week. Now as the backup, Buffalo’s first-round pick will get at least a handful of reps during the week with the first team and be working more in concert with Taylor in preparation for and during games. It might not sound like much, but being in a similar situation is one of the main reasons Taylor was ready to win Buffalo’s starting job in his fifth NFL season.

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