Here’s what we know. The Eagles met with Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel back in January. We also know that he possesses the traits believed to be necessary to succeed in Chip Kelly’s offense. And we now also know, according to Manuel himself, that the Eagles have significant interest in his services.
“They want me pretty bad,” Manuel said, according to CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher.
“But I think it’s just a matter of who takes me first, because I know the Eagles may want me, the Cleveland Browns may want me, the Buffalo Bills and the Jets,” he said. “I think those are all sequential picks, you know what I mean, within those top 13 picks or whatever. I’m just hoping one team loves me, because really, that’s all you need, one team to fall in love with you.”
Manuel, who ran quite a bit of hurry-up and read-option looks with the Seminoles, believes he would be an ideal fit in whatever variation of the Oregon offense Kelly brings with him to Philadelphia.
The 6-5, 240 lb. quarterback told reporters that Kelly heavily recruited the quarterback during his time at Oregon, but he was hesitant to make the move to Eugene from Virginia.
While it’s unknown if and to what extent the Eagles have interest in Manuel, but he certainly possesses the idea physical attributes for Chip Kelly’s offense.
Manuel completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns during his senior season in Tallahassee. He added 310 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Here’s a look at the Eagles’ potential draft prospect.