“It’s going to be open,” Ryan told WGR radio, via the team’s official website. “It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there.”
The Bills currently have four quarterbacks on their roster including
“We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens,” Ryan said. “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,” Ryan said. “He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at. Then 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.”
"There is going to be a competition," Taylor said. "No one is really ahead of the other guy right now. They're looking forward to us coming in and pushing each other to make this team better."
The Bills view Taylor as a zone-read possibility similar to the role 2013 first-round pick
"I actually tried to trade for (Taylor) when I was with the Jets," Ryan told CJCL in Toronto. "If he's not the fastest quarterback in the league, he's certainly up there with them. He's got great run skills. I'm not gonna say he's Russell Wilson, but he's got a little of that in him, where he's able to run zone-reads and pull the ball down and be effective."
Taylor, Manuel and offseason acquisition
"The foot feels great right now,” Cassel said. “Everything has been going well with all my rehab up to this point and it was a severe foot injury at that point. I’m at about 22 weeks removed from the injury so I feel great. I’m doing exercises. I’ve been dropping back and throwing and everything else, and running so I feel good to go.”
Cassel will compete with
Cassel, 32, won the starting job in Minnesota last year but suffered a season-ending foot injury Week 3 that required surgery.
Cassel is signed for this season at $4.15 million. He'll compete with
The trade won't be finalized until the new league year begins next Tuesday.
"I think this league has proven that when you have a great quarterback, you almost -- it's rare that you don't go to the playoffs with a great quarterback," Ryan said. "So obviously that's a priority and not just for our team, but any team in this league. But it's a lot easier said than done.
"It would be nice to get somebody like that. I'm not saying that we have that situation right now. I'm excited about EJ Manuel, though, I'll tell you that much. He's a young man that has some potential. We'll see how that pans out."
Ryan also acknowledged the team's meeting with free-agent quarterback
"We did bring Josh in," Ryan said. "So obviously there's some interest there on our part. We wanted to bring him in, just to get to know this young man and also for him to get to know us. I'm excited about our coaching staff, and I think that's probably the best selling point that I have right now, along with the players that we have. Obviously, we got an outstanding group of players, too, that I like to show off to a lot of guys."
Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only two quarterbacks on the Bills' roster.
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