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Power Take: Vikings asking about Manuel admirable but not smart

When Teddy Bridgewater went down for the season with a knee injury on Tuesday, there was instant speculation about the Vikings trading for a backup quarterback who could lead them back to the playoffs.

EJ Manuel’s name was floated about, though there was zero chance of him leaving Buffalo in a trade. For better or worse, the Bills are committed to him as the backup to Tyrod Taylor. Cardale Jones is far from ready to play meaningful snaps in an NFL game.

There were no reports that Minnesota actually spoke with the Bills, which is understandable. It’s laughable to think a team that went 11-5 last year would place its offense and its hopes in the hands of a failed quarterback who wouldn’t make most NFL rosters. Norv Turner, Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, isn’t partial to QBs who are slow to read defenses. He’d sooner stick with current backup Shaun Hill.

GM Doug Whaley, the great risk-taker, believes EJ is one of the league’s top backups It’s a belief that flies in the face of the evidence, and one no one else in the NFL shares.

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