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Eagles, Bengals work out E.J. Manuel

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Former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel seems to be generating buzz as a potential first-round pick, but he’s spending his time this week working out for a couple teams who wouldn’t seem likely to take him in the first round.

Manuel has a workout with the Bengals scheduled for tomorrow in Tallahassee, and he worked out for the Eagles today, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Bengals wouldn’t appear to be a likely landing spot for Manuel, as Cincinnati is all-in on Andy Dalton as the long-term starter. And although the Eagles may draft a quarterback next month, it seems unlikely that they’d spend the fourth overall pick on Manuel.

So the staffs of both teams may simply be kicking the tires on a player who has caught their eye. Either that, or we’re in for a big surprise when we hear Manuel’s name called on April 25.

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27 Responses to “Eagles, Bengals work out E.J. Manuel”
  1. boyshole25 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    He will be the gem of that class

  2. gumbogumbo says: Mar 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    Or a team like the Eagles could package their 2nd and move back into the first round to take EJ while keeping the 4th pick overall.

  3. bleedgreen11 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:19 PM

    I think he has a chance to be the C Kap or R Wilson of this years draft, not worth a first rounder and probably not a second either, but with the barren supply of QBs it could happen.

  4. rkt4mayor says: Mar 28, 2013 12:21 PM

    I’d rather the Eagles draft Manuel in the 2nd round than reach for Geno Smith in the 1st round.

    But, Jeff Lurie, Roseman and Chipper are morons so it will probably be the reverse of what I hope.

    Nick Foles should be a solid QB but the Eagles seem intent on ditching him.

    God forbid, we learn from history, (only pocket passers have ever WON the Super Bowl), we prefer flash over substance and winning championships: (see Vick, Michael aka Mexico, Ron).

  5. swagjag says: Mar 28, 2013 12:28 PM

    Straight garbage some team will waste a pick on. No consistency.

  6. flavordave says: Mar 28, 2013 12:29 PM

    If the Eagles want him then they get him. Cause thats how we roll. Cap space all over the place fellas.

  7. moneey31 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:29 PM

    you do know Steve Young wasn’t a pocket passer right. The problem with the eagle has been their offensive line, if the offensive line isn’t intact no matter who the quarterback is he won’t be successful

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 28, 2013 12:32 PM

    He’ll supplant the current starter in both of those places.

  9. mdpickles says: Mar 28, 2013 12:33 PM

    Why the Bengals? I thought it was obvious that Dalton is the starter. This isn’t even a good smokescreen workout either. You don’t draft a backup in the second round.

  10. lajmahal says: Mar 28, 2013 12:33 PM

    Has PFT ever heard of draft day trades? The Eagles could package their 2nd or 3rd round pick plus a player such as Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, or Jeremy Maclin to move up into the first round.

    The Eagles have traded up or down in the 1st or 2nd round in 7 out of the last 10 drafts.

    I think Manuel is all over Chip Kelly’s radar, and I think we will see the Eagles move some pieces to get him.

  11. coltzfan166 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:38 PM

    Let me just say that the last Florida State QB to be drafted was Christian Ponder. Enough said.

  12. dgreenfi says: Mar 28, 2013 12:39 PM

    Maybe the eagles should figure out what offense they want to run before taking on a 6th QB.

  13. kdub79 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:45 PM

    Rkt4mayor you’re bumming me out man. Have a little faith. With the exception of resigning Vick Roseman and company have made a lot of solid moves so far this offseason. Also if they were intent on ditching Foles why would they tell the Chiefs that he’s not available? There’s no doubt in my mind that Andy wanted to bring him to KC and probably would rather have had him for a long term project than Alex Smith. I can’t wait for this season win or lose, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

  14. scoobyscraps says: Mar 28, 2013 12:53 PM

    I got news for ya. I know people within the Bengals organization and they are far from “all in” with Andy Dalton. There are serious doubts about his progression long term.

  15. nathpz says: Mar 28, 2013 1:00 PM

    “The Bengals wouldn’t appear to be a likely landing spot for Manuel, as Cincinnati is all-in on Andy Dalton as the long-term starter. ”

    Are they, though? He was a 2nd-round pick, so he didn’t cost much, and he isn’t very good. AJ Green bails him out more often than not.

  16. blacknole08 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:05 PM

    Eagles should draft him instead of someone like Geno Smith. Manuel would be a great fit in Kelly’s system. He played in a spread offense at FSU.

    If Jimbo Fisher would have let Manuel use his natural abilities more Manuel would be a sure 1st round pick.

  17. mazblast says: Mar 28, 2013 1:32 PM

    nathpz says: Mar 28, 2013 1:00 PM

    “The Bengals wouldn’t appear to be a likely landing spot for Manuel, as Cincinnati is all-in on Andy Dalton as the long-term starter. ”

    Are they, though? He was a 2nd-round pick, so he didn’t cost much, and he isn’t very good. AJ Green bails him out more often than not.
    When that idiot OC Jay “My Brother Used To Be Somebody” Gruden gameplans to actually THROW to Green, that is.

    Yeah, I’ve noticed that the Cincinnati media, including the Bagels’ brain-dead radio announcers, don’t call Dalton “The Red Rifle” nearly as much anymore. He’s far from done, and he’s not bad per se, but there are those who wonder if he’s really the future of the franchise. He may be one of those “good but not quite good enough” quarterbacks; then again, “good but not quite good enough” may be all the notoriously finance-over-performance Bungles are aiming for.

  18. redpillmindstate says: Mar 28, 2013 1:34 PM

    The Bengals are gauging his value as they are perfectly positioned to be a trade partner for some team looking to make a move on EJ they have 4 picks in the top 100 and no glaring needs (if Smith is resigned) ….. they have the chance to make moves o n the best players available no matter the position and I’m definitely not sold on Dalton being irreplaceable …

  19. ccjcsr says: Mar 28, 2013 1:45 PM

    He’ll go before Barkely…lol

  20. gromgrimfist says: Mar 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    EJ Manuel has never had to read a defence you want him to start now he was a one target read QB if that wasnt there he tucked the ball he never went to his 2nd 3rd or 4th read he has all the intangibles but that doesnt always matter examle jamarcus russel i hope the eagles dont waste a high pick this year on QB my perfect draft would be. I want Eric Fisher @ 4 our tackles are getting old and if Chance Warmack(doubtful) falls into the 20s trade back into the first and get him make our line solid for years I might even offer the jets Foles and 3rd and 5th and a conditional pick next year up to a 2nd but probably a 4th for the 9th pick overall and take Chance Warmack there. Would love Elam in the 2nd but he isnt getting past baltimore so maybe go with Datone Jones or Jesse Williams to be the other DE opposite of Cox bam both O-line and D-line solidified for years i know these are not the sexy picks like Dee Millner Dion Jordan but everything starts with your line on offence and defense

  21. therealpittbull says: Mar 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    I’m a Files guy, in the Andy Reid offense. But, bringing Manuel would be a great choice. IF the Eagles choose to run their QB’s occasionally, but have a big armed QB to make all the throws, developing him over the next couple years is a great choice. If you go more traditional, makes no sense to draft when someone capable is already on the roster. Stop reaching and draft Milliner. That’s the most pressing need on the team.

  22. l6ozbud says: Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    Agree with a lot of comments above. The Bengals haven’t paid Dalton anything but peanuts so far. Should they? I’m not sure, but I’m glad they had the rookie contract salary cap period to figure it out.

  23. rkt4mayor says: Mar 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    Not trying to bum you out.
    Just want to leaven some of the unrealistic optimism Eagles fans have greeted Chipper with.

    If Chipper wants to succeed in the NFL he needs to keep the 4-3 defense, (which matches his personnel), and be true to his word about adapting his schemes to his roster.

    Start Nick Foles and give the guy a chance. Don’t start an inferior product, (see Mexico, Ron aka Vick, Michael), because the inferior product better fits your scheme.

  24. hitdog042 says: Mar 28, 2013 4:23 PM

    Andy Dalton improved on every stat line in 2012 from 2011. Ridiculous comments.

  25. joetoronto says: Mar 29, 2013 5:01 AM

    The first step in dealing with a problem is admitting you have it and Andy Dalton is soft upstairs and has a noodle arm.

    Deal with it.

  26. macjacmccoy says: Mar 29, 2013 8:07 PM

    Or the common sense answer. The Eagles think he will be available at the top of the 2nd round.

  27. oldbyrd says: Mar 31, 2013 9:38 AM

    He will most likely be available in the Third round. If the Eagles are to improve, they must improve their O Line drastically. Keelce, Herramans our all pro left tackle will take care of that if they can stay healthy. Adding one of the two best O Linemen in the draft would be a no brainer. Also if the kid from Oregon is there, you gotta take him.

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