Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was adamant before the 2013 draft that EJ Manuel lacked the tools be an NFL starter and should not be picked before the third round, our Adam Schefter reported, citing sources.
The Buffalo Bills benched the second-year quarterback and former Seminole in favor of Kyle Orton, who led them to a win Sunday at Detroit.
Fisher touted Manuel as a person and described him as a hard worker, sources told Schefter, but the FSU coach was open about Manuel's limitations as a signal-caller. Schefter reported Fisher also told NFL teams that even if Manuel could come back for another season, the coach was grooming Jameis Winston.
Fisher refuted the report in a statement.
Here are today's links ...
Cole Stoudt should be fine after spraining his left AC joint, plus other notes from Aaron Brenner of the (Charleston) Post & Courier.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Jeff Schultz says Georgia Tech's season may be turning into something special.
Mistakes once again doomed UNC in another loss, Andrew Carter writes in the Charlotte Observer.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner shares his thoughts on Pitt's third straight loss.
Terrel Hunt's injury has Syracuse concerned, Stephen Bailey writes in the (Syracuse) Post-Standard.
The (Newport News) Daily Press' David Teel says running back injuries clouded Virginia Tech's win.