Admitting the raw rookie needs work on his ‘footwork and mechanics,’ Bills coach Doug Marrone should have E.J. Manuel hold a clipboard this autumn

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E.J. Manuel should not be a starting Bill in 2013.

Noting the raw rookie requires work on his “footwork and mechanics,” Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone seemed to acknowledge E.J. Manuel is nowhere near ready to start as an NFL quarterback.

As the 2013 Senior Bowl MVP and a 2012 second team All-ACC selection, Buffalo took the 23-year-old Manuel out of Florida State with the 16th pick in last month’s draft.

Although brimming with potential, the former Seminole is entirely unprepared to operate Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense.

Rather than even considering Manuel, the Bills must allow Kevin Kolb to supplant Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.

After tossing 28 scores, against 25 picks, for 5,206 yards in 34 games as a professional, Buffalo inked the 28-year-old Kolb to a two-year deal worth $13 million in March.

Despite failing miserably in Arizona, it’s difficult to fairly judge, or even analyze, the 6-foot-3, 218 pound Kolb playing for a hideous Cardinals squad.

Removed from a pathetic 6-10 campaign and having not qualified for the playoffs since 1999, Kolb is an ideal short-term solution for Buffalo.

If protected in the pocket and surrounded by adequate talent, Kolb should be able to somewhat impress as a Bill in “The City of No Illusions.”

Comparatively, Manuel is quickly flustered when pressured and the youngster would get slaughtered performing in 2013.

A standout athlete with great toughness, smarts and dedication, Manuel will eventually mature into a solid Bill.

Nevertheless, for sanity and health purposes alone, E.J. Manuel needs to hold a clipboard this autumn.

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