Jets bring EJ Manuel back to reality

EJ Manuel gets caught from behind by Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes during yesterday's game in...

EJ Manuel gets caught from behind by Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes during yesterday's game in Jersey. Manuel looked a lot shakier than he did a week ago as the Bills were beaten 27-20. (Getty Images)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

Maybe EJ Manuel needs someone to hold his hand. Better yet, perhaps the rookie Bill's quarterback would benefit from playing against secondary as weak as his own.

 

He may one day evolve into a legitimate NFL starter for a franchise that can barely remember what one looks like, but the kid QB endured a career worth of growing pains in one unsightly Sunday afternoon and evening.

A week after a fearless fourth-quarter drive made him the late-game hero, Manuel looked frightened, overmatched and unsure in a 27-20 loss to the New York Jets.

As a result, in a “clash” of the league’s only two rookie starting quarterbacks here at MetLife Stadium, Manuel was the toddler and the Jets’ Geno Smith the class leader.

Not that the Jets victory showed much other than there is no threat of either team returning here in February for a certain cold-weather big game.

Both quarterbacks may have strong arms, but Smith was allowed to flex it much more on Sunday an


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