Geno Smith vs. EJ Manuel: Breaking Down Rookie QBs Ahead of Week 3 Matchup

September 21, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Buffalo Bills (1-1) head to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets (1-1) this Sunday in a contest that will allow one team to keep pace with the rest of the AFC East. Overshadowed by the importance of this matchup is the duel between the two rookie signal-callers for these teams.
2013 first-rounder EJ Manuel and second-rounder Geno Smith will be looking to gain the upper hand as the top rookie quarterback this season. Both have had glimpses of poise and maturity over their first two games; however, they have also struggled as rookies generally do.
Looking back at their performances thus far, it is apparent that these two quarterbacks are utilized in far different manners.
In New York, Smith has been relying on the long ball to get things done. Already, he has 25 passing attempts over 10 yards in just two games this season.
Conversely, the Bills have been managing Manuel in a completely different fashion. Relying on mostly short-to-intermediate routes&mdash...

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