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Roman: EJ can become great

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2015 – 12:18 pm

EJ Manuel said Thursday that he’s still a young quarterback with a lot to learn, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes Manuel has a very high ceiling. He sees rare potential in Buffalo’s former first-round pick.

“As a quarterback, it’s probably the toughest job in professional sports. There’s a lot of moving parts, a lot of things you have to negotiate every play,” Roman said. “We simply want to execute with consistency, play after play after play in machine-like fashion.  When you really watch the elite quarterbacks in the National Football League, one of the characteristics of these people is they are simply in a machine like fashion, doing what they’re supposed to do over and over and over. I think EJ’s got the type of makeup to really go down that path.”

Roman does still believe there are a good number of things on Manuel’s to-do list, but at the top of the list is trusting his preparation and ability when he steps between the lines Sunday.

“I think he’s gotta trust his eyes, trust what he sees and stay in the moment. Trust his preparation and let it rip. If you prepare with no conscience, you can play with no conscience,” said Roman. “I feel like he’s preparing that way. He’s got to bring that to the game. Nobody has the right to go out and wing it unprepared. You’ve got to earn the right to go out and let it rip and he’s been doing that. It’s just like a test in grade school—you go in there, you don’t know what’s going on. You go in there and you know the answers to the test—you’re having a good day. Recess is going to be great.”

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