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EJ Manuel's career pass attempts put him among the middle of the pack among backup QBs

EJ Manuel's career attempts vs. the NFL's other projected backups.

If a team loses their starting quarterback for an extended period of time, their season is generally over. Look no further than the Dallas Cowboys one season ago. After starting 2-0 with Tony Romo, Dallas went 2-12 the rest of the way. 

In 2015 the Buffalo Bills didn't lose their starting QB for a long period of time, but they needed EJ Manuel to start two games. Buffalo went 0-2 in those contests and Manuel's three turnovers, which led to three touchdowns for the Jaguars, in his second start proved costly despite a late game comeback.

Recently, Buffalo Football Report discussed quarterback depth as one of four offensive areas of concern for the Bills and some readers were vocal about Manuel being one of the league's better backups. Where Manuel ranks in terms of best backup QBs is up to debate, but we can look at where Manuel ranks in terms of experience.

Projected Backup Quarterbacks

Here are the 32 projected No. 2 quarterbacks, based on the depth charts at Ourlads.com. Please note that Buffalo Football Report does not necessarily agree with the projected backups from Ourlads.

TEAMPLAYERAGESTARTSATTEMPTS
Atlanta Matt Schaub 35 92 3,271
Tennessee Matt Cassel 34 79 2,574
Jacksonville Chad Henne 31 53 1,954
Carolina Derek Anderson 33 45 1,543
San Francisco Colin Kaepernick 28 47 1,361
Minnesota Shaun Hill 36 34 1,190
Cleveland Robert Griffin 26 35 1,063
Chicago Brian Hoyer 30 26 999
Washington Colt McCoy 29 25 842
Miami Matt Moore 31 25 769
Pittsburgh Bruce Gradkowski 33 20 709
San Diego Kellen Clemens 33 21 629
Tampa Bay Mike Glennon 26 18 619
Buffalo EJ Manuel 26 16 521
Detroit Dan Orlovsky 32 12 512
Arizona Drew Stanton 32 12 452
Baltimore Ryan Mallett 28 8 323
New Orleans Luke McCown 34 10 356
Oakland Matt McGloin 26 6 262
Cincinnati A.J. McCarron 25 3 119
Dallas Kellen Moore 26 2 104
Indianapolis Scott Tolzien 28 2 91
Philadelphia Chase Daniel 29 2 77
New England Jimmy Garoppolo 24 0 31
Houston Tom Savage 26 0 19
N.Y. Giants Ryan Nassib 26 0 10
N.Y. Jets Bryce Petty 25 0 0
Kansas City Aaron Murray 25 0 0
Denver Trevor Siemian 24 0 0
Green Bay Brett Hundley 23 0 0
Seattle Trevone Boykin (R) 22 0 0
St. Louis Jared Goff (R) 21 0 0

When it comes to experience, Manuel is right in the middle of the pack among backups. His 521 attempts are the 14th most in the league entering the season. 

Again, where Manuel actually ranks among these players is up to debate, but when it comes to live game action, Buffalo is better off than many teams in the backup quarterback department.

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