(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is quickly getting a grasp of the team’s offensive system, which he says is less complex than the system he was use to playing at Florida State.
“The funny thing is it’s easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State,” he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It’s a true West Coast-type progression offense. That’s really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That’s it, it’s that simple. I love it.”
He went on to say that he was able to learn the system so quickly by spending a lot of time with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett during the rookie minicamp and organized team activities.
The 6-foot-5 Manuel was the only quarterback taken in the first round of the 2013 draft, and new Bills head coach Doug Marrone already says he has a chance to compete for the starting job.
Manuel hopes to help the Bills end their 13-year playoff drought, the longest active streak in the NFL.
“Winning is an attitude and mindset, and we have to bring it to our team,” he said.
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