It was his Achilles heel with the Jets, now Rex Ryan is opening training camp with yet another question mark at the QB position.
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Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said that the team will host an open QB competition between QBs Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel when they open training camp in July.
The bombastic Bills head coach told WGR-AM – the Bills flagship radio station – that the competition will be completely open for any of their four QBs to try and take the starting job.
“It’s going to be open,” Ryan said. “It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there,” Ryan told WGR-AM. “We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. He’s done some pretty good things in this league. He’s got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart. With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.
“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league. He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at. Then (Jeff) Tuel. We’ve got guys there to work with. That’ll be the important thing. There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job. It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”
Before the start of the free agency period, the Bills traded for Cassel, who had several successful years as QB for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs before being relegated to backup work for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 and 2014. Cassel has not been the full-time starter of a team since 2012, when he was one of the leaders of the Chiefs’ 2-14 squad that had the fewest points per game in franchise history.
Manuel was the Bills’ 1st-round draft pick in 2013, but struggled to make the transition to the full-time starter between injuries and weak play. In 2014 he was given the starting job but was pulled after a 2-2 record in favor of veteran Kyle Orton, who led the team to a 9-7 overall record.
Taylor has 14 games of backup experience with the Baltimore Ravens and was signed by the Bills during the free agency period.