With members of the Buffalo Bills hierarchy expecting the rookie to compete in 2013, E.J. Manuel may get maimed in Orchard Park this autumn


Even a badass like E.J. Manuel should want nothing to do with the Bills.

Sounding batshit crazy, members of the Buffalo Bills hierarchy expect raw rookie E.J. Manuel to compete with Kevin Kolb to become the team’s starting quarterback in 2013.

The 23-year-old Manuel, drafted by Buffalo 16th overall out of Florida State on Thursday, is brimming with potential.

However, the 2013 Senior Bowl MVP and 2012 second team All-ACC selection is nowhere near ready to operate Nathaniel Hackett’s “K-Gun” offense.

“(Manuel) is now thrown into the mix of competition,” said head coach Doug Marrone.

Buffalo inked passer Kevin Kolb to a two-year deal worth $13 million in March to supplant Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.

The 28-year-old Kolb, who has tossed 28 scores, in comparison to 25 picks, for 5,206 yards in 34 games, failed miserably as a Cardinal in Arizona.

Regardless, considering only the great Kurt Warner managed to thrive in Arizona, it’s difficult to fairly judge, or even analyze, the 6-foot-3, 218 pound Kolb.

“Our goal coming in was to bring in another bell-cow quarterback to compete for the job (with Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson), and we did that with E.J.,” said Bills president Russ Brandon.

Removed from a miserable 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 decent talent, Kolb should be able to somewhat impress as a Bill in “The City of No Illusions.”

Comparatively, Manuel, who threw 47 touchdowns, against 28 interceptions, for 7,741 yards as a Seminole, is quickly flustered when pressured and would get slaughtered performing this autumn in Orchard Park.

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 has no business getting “thrown into the mix of competition” this summer.

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