Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Poll: Will Manuel or Geno Smith start first?
By James Walker
The AFC East division has two competitive quarterback competitions heading into training camp this summer. Buffalo Bills rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel and New York Jets second-round quarterback Geno Smith are both involved in close races to determine who will be the Week 1 starter for their respective teams.
But which rookie quarterback is more likely to win the starting job right away: Manuel or Smith? Both players have the same opportunity. But who will take advantage?
Is Manuel further along in his first-year development? The Bills really like Manuel and took him No. 16 overall in the NFL draft. There was no pre-draft chatter about Manuel being a first-round pick, but Buffalo fell in love with his size, mobility and arm. Can Manuel beat out veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb in training camp and start right away?
Or will it be Smith under center for the Jets in Week 1? He is battling with Jets incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, who has led the NFL in turnovers the past two seasons. The Jets are looking for a fresh face at quarterback. But Smith must first beat out Sanchez, who has been to back-to-back AFC title games. Will Smith start in New York before Manuel in Buffalo?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which AFC East rookie quarterback will start first between Manuel and Smith. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.