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Raiders sign QB EJ Manuel

21 March 2017

The Oakland Raiders have signed former first-round pick EJ Manuel as a backup quarterback and linebacker Jelani Jenkins.

Connor Cook also remains on the Raiders roster.

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The fifth-year quarterback was selected 16th overall by the Bills in 2013. Slated to enter his first season as a member of the franchise come 2017-18, Manuel mentioned that it was the presence of current Raiders' offensive coordinator Todd Downing that swayed his decision in the end.

For Manuel, the move to Oakland means a fresh start for a quarterback who spend four disappointing seasons in Buffalo.

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The former Florida State product made just seven starts - one in 2016 - over the past three seasons, losing his job to Tyrod Taylor.

The Raiders notably finished last season with a 12-4 record and appear to be on the upswing behind the leadership of starting quarterback Derek Carr. During his rookie year, Manuel played in 10 games, passing for 1,972 yards, 11 touchdowns and threw nine interceptions. He joined the team's practice squad in 2006 after stops with the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots.

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Raiders sign QB EJ Manuel