Raiders announce EJ Manuel signing

Posted March 21, 2017

A native of Olney, Md., Jenkins played in 36 games over three seasons at Florida, totaling 182 tackles (109), six sacks, three interceptions and seven passes defensed. They play tough. They play with a lot of energy. "It seemed like a great fit".

The Raiders signed quarterback EJ Manuel who will compete to be Derek Carr's backup.

While Jenkins will look to earn a starting role in the Silver and Black's defense, Manuel adds some much-needed depth to the quarterback position.

The acquisition of Manuel likely means the end of quarterback Matt McGloin whose contract expired at the end of the 2016 season.

While openly looking forward to the opportunity awaiting him in Oakland, the former Bill had positive reviews of Buffalo and the organization, despite front office members distancing themselves from taking blame for Manuel's drafting at certain points.

Todd Downing left the Bills after that season and spent the past two seasons grooming Carr as quarterbacks coach in Oakland. Manuel has thrown for 3,502 passing yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for four scores in his career. "I felt like he elevated his game so fast for a young guy".

An unrestricted free agent, Manuel brings ample experience to the West Coast, making 29 appearances and 17 starts during his tenure with Buffalo. This is what we're going to do, ' and obviously the chair kind of got pulled up behind me.

"It definitely made me grow up extremely fast", Manuel said of his experience in Buffalo.

"I knew I was the starter and I was assuming like, 'Hey, this is my team".

"Of course, it wasn't something I was excited about or happy about, but it was what it was". I want to be here to help this franchise and team to be where they are in whatever role or capacity that is.