With the expected trade of Matt Cassel to the Cowboys, quarterback
Truthfully, Manuel has enough experience and showed enough in the preseason to be a No. 2 guy, which is probably why the Bills dealt Cassel for what's expected to be a small haul. Tyrod Taylor has performed well through two games, so Manuel could conceivably spend the rest of the season on the bench anyway. But his value just went up.
But not only did they re-sign the veteran quarterback, coach Rex Ryan confirmed Cassel will be the backup quarterback to Tyrod Taylor heading into the season opener against the Colts.
After a wide-open quarterback competition, the results are apparently in for
Taylor has performed well in the preseason, earning the edge over
Taylor has yet to make an NFL start, appearing in 14 games in four seasons as a backup with the Ravens.
"My plan was to give everybody opportunities," Ryan said Thursday. "Nobody can say nobody wasn't given a fair shot here."
Manuel has completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games.
Taylor has completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. He also has rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 10 attempts through two games.
Cassel has appeared in just one game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 45 yards.
Manuel estimates he gained eight to 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason with the intention of staying healthy -- he missed six games as a rookie in 2013 due to injury.
“I feel a lot better this way,” Manuel siad. “I still feel like I’m quick and fast and able to move around. I think that’s just about being durable and obviously being able to take a full season.”
With Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel competing alongside him to become the starting quarterback this year, Manuel feels he has a great chance to come out the top guy.
"I feel like I’m right there in the mix, so I’ve just got to go out every day and get better," Manuel said.
Manuel threw for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in five games last season.
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