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Rich Gannon on EJ Manuel's start: 'That is what they need in Buffalo'

EJ Manuel and Geno Smith

Rich Gannon, who will work Sunday's game for CBS Sports, shared his thoughts on the Bills' EJ Manuel and the Jets' Geno Smith.

The Buffalo Bills had their choice of any quarterback in
this year's draft class.

They identified EJ Manuel as their man and were
comfortable enough that nobody else would take him that they moved back in the
draft order before taking him 16th overall.

Sunday at the Meadowlands, Manuel will duel the New York
Jets rookie many draft analysts expected to be the first quarterback off the
board, Geno Smith.

Rich Gannon will work Sunday's game for CBS Sports and
shared his thoughts on both quarterbacks.

On EJ Manuel:

"Last year we got spoiled with some of the young rookie
quarterbacks coming in and playing so well -- RGIII, Russell Wilson and Andrew
Luck. E.J. Manuel has handled himself well and in a difficult situation
Week One against the Patriots and in a tough one against Carolina last week, but they found a way to
pull it out.

"They've been patient with him in terms of the game
plan. They've tried to scale it down and really focus in on things he does
well. He is a guy that can make every throw and is a terror when he runs the
ball because he's a lot faster than his frame would indicate.

"He's off to a terrific start. This is what they need
in Buffalo:
production and consistency at the quarterback position. He can handle the
role of being the face of the franchise, which is amazing."

On Geno Smith:

"Is he really ready to play right now? The answer is,
'No,' but necessary with the Sanchez situation. He has his weaknesses and
makes some poor throws, but he's very athletic and he gives the Jets a chance
to win.

"You have to take the good with the bad with some of
these young players. He has some play-making ability. He is mobile and
going to force defenses to account for his duel-threat capabilities with his
ability to run, particularly out on the edge. But he clearly has a ways to go
to learn a very complicated system that Marty Mornhinweg is going to run in New York."

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